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Everton vs. Chelsea, Premier League: Half-time report

Scoreless at the half.

Everton v Chelsea - Premier League Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Everton hit the post inside of 90 seconds and Chelsea missed two huge chances (one each by Eden Hazard and Diego Costa), and so we remain 0-0 at the half, with all to play for.

Hazard took his chance around the goalkeeper before drawing side-net only, while Costa took the ball down well all alone in the box before lashing his shot wildly over the bar. Have to make those count, as the cliche goes, though now that we haven’t we can’t dwell on them too much.

Beyond those chances, it’s been a very open, end-to-end affair — despite Everton taking inspiration from Herrera marking Hazard out of the game and sticking his old Lille teammate Gana Gueye on him — with neither team showing much quality in the final third. Everton are giving Chelsea plenty of space in midfield to turn and run at goal, but we’ve yet to make them pay for it.

The open nature of the game has also resulted in both Gary Cahill and César Azpilicueta collecting first-half yellow cards.

A draw isn’t the worst result, but this is a match we should be winning ... though titles aren’t won on should, obviously.


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