Chelsea travel to Goodison Park on Saturday looking to move on from the disappointment of last week’s draw with Manchester United.
The positives of having managed to score more than once were quickly wiped out by that comeback, so the trip to Merseyside serves as a good opportunity to move on.
Andre Villas-Boas and his side should be weary however, Everton have proved something of a bogey team for the Blues in recent years, and with Manchester City having recently come unstuck at Goodison, any result beyond a draw would be a bonus.
The visitors will be buoyed by the return of Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel to bolster the midfield ranks, with Lampard on the verge of a small piece of history, his next goal would make him the first player to reach double figures in nine successive Premier League seasons. A victory would also be the 2000th in Chelsea’s history in all competitions, and it would be a very welcome victory.
Form has been a stuttering point for AVB and his side and although they remain the only top four side unbeaten in 2012, Chelsea have been unable to close the gap to the top three, and instead find a queue of sides forming behind them.
In that sense a victory seems essential, and if the attacking players can repeat the spell that yielded two quick goals on Sunday there is every chance of three points.
Fernando Torres will not be a popular figure come kick off time and this fixture presents the latest chance for the Spaniard to end his goal-scoring drought, this time on the stamping ground of an old foe.
With all this in mind, and the Toffee’s recent up turn in fortunes, the most likely result looks to be a draw, but when pushed you would say the visitors had the more match winners, it’s just a matter of one of them doing something special.
While we are all aware of Chelsea’s stuttering form of late, the home side has issues of their own, and will be missing several first teamers, including Phil Jagielka, Leon Osman and Jack Rodwell. January signing Nikica Jelavic is in line to make his home debut, and Tim Cahill could also start after a foot injury.
In the build up to this game, AVB has highlighted the threat of Darron Gibson as something his side must stop, and with Everton being notoriously goal shy this season, with just 24 goals in their 24 games played, the introduction of the pot-shot midfielder represents Everton’s biggest threat, alongside loan signing Landon Donovan.
This one has the makings of a scrappy encounter, especially given the nature of the Carling Cup tie earlier this season.
It might just be a case of getting in and getting out with the result, because at this stage of the season and the resumption of the Champions League just around the corner, a confidence boost is the most important thing.