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22:15  08 november  2018
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Chelsea’s Barkley may find it difficult against Everton says Ball

Chelsea’s Barkley may find it difficult against Everton says Ball Ross Barkley is currently enjoying somewhat of a purple patch with Chelsea, but former Everton full-back Michael Ball believes this current form may be tested come Sunday. Stamford Bridge will play host to Barkley’s boyhood team Everton on Sunday – the club whom he left for a surprising £15 million move to Chelsea in January. The game marks the first time that the 24-year-old will square off against his former club, with his impressive goalscoring run leading to him becoming a first-team regular this season. Barkley, who has since returned to international duties with England, has bagged three goals and three assists in his last four matches. This includes the infamous 96th-minute equaliser against Manchester United last month. While sparking celebrations and confrontations between players and management staff alike, it also highlighted how the Chelsea number eight has resurrected his career under Maurizio Sarri. Despite overcoming previous setbacks and paving the way for current success at the Bridge, fellow Everton academy graduate Michael Ball has suggested that this week’s fixture could be one of Barkley’s toughest in a Chelsea shirt. Speaking in his Liverpool Echo column, Ball, an SPL winner with Rangers, said that it will be a “strange and an uncomfortable” situation for the attacking midfielder. “Everton are my club and I’d been supporting them since I was three-or-four years old, but all of a sudden I was on the other side wearing a different shade of blue. You try and be professional and be the best for your (current) team, but it’s a strange feeling and Everton have got to turn that to their advantage with Ross. It will be a difficult afternoon for him. We know what Ross’ weaknesses are and have to exploit that”, explained the ex-Premier League defender.

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Let’s make no mistake, we have an abysmal record away at the other big clubs. We simply cannot beat them, whether it’s under Roberto Martinez (barring one Manchester United victory), Ronald Koeman, Sam Allardyce or even David Unsworth. So far, Mr Marco Silva is 0-for-2. Granted, Chelsea probably are the last team of the list that I’d fancy our chances against at some sort of renaissance where we begin to play the football we want to against the teams we’ve never been able to. But, there have been more encouraging signs since the last time out against Manchester United, and the win against Brighton was our most complete performance of the season.

Barkley expecting hostile Everton environment

Barkley expecting hostile Everton environment Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley is braced for a hostile reception when he faces his former side Everton for the first time this weekend. The 24-year old joined the Blues from the Toffees last January for around £15million, and his exit left a sour taste in the mouths of the Everton fan base. Barkley first refused to sign a new long-term contract with Everton, before then pulling out of a £35million switch to Chelsea at the 11th hour, subsequently costing his boyhood club £20million for their troubles. Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri claimed Barkley had ‘changed his mind’, however he wouldn’t play again for the club before leaving Goodison Park six months later. And the Everton academy graduate accepted that the reception from fellow Evertonians was unlikely to be positive. Talking to Chelsea TV, as quoted by Click Liverpool, Barkley said: “I don’t think the reception will be the best.” “I’m not nervous, I’m excited to play against my former club and teammates – I understand how some of their pay, so that could be an advantage for me.” “On the day I might get a few nerves as it will feel a bit strange.I’m looking forward to catching up with some of the staff there who I used to get on really well with.” “I was approaching 25 and I felt looking back I could have improved a lot more. At Chelsea I knew I’d improve a lot quicker around better players, world class players.

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Lookman picks up minor injury on international duty.
Ademola Lookman has returned to Everton for treatment on what has been described as a ‘minor injury’ following his involvement with the England Under-21s. As confirmed by the Toffees’ official Twitter account, the young forward will be attended to by the club’s medical staff after sustaining an unknown knock on international duty. Twitter: | @Alookman_ has returned to #EFC to undergo treatment on a minor injury picked up on international duty with… (@Everton) Lookman has been sharp when coming off the bench for Marco Silva’s side this season but has yet to earn himself a start in the Premier League. After an impressive cameo appearance against Chelsea prior to the international break, there have been calls for the ex-Charlton Athletic striker to feature in Everton’s starting line-up on a more regular basis. However, after some time with the England U21s in recent times, it seems the youngster will be forced to sweat over his fitness after sustaining a ‘minor injury’.

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