Played for both: Five Premier League forwards at Chelsea and Everton
With Chelsea flying high with a seven-point lead in the Premier League and Everton struggling in Roberto Martinez’s second season at Goodison Park, their midweek meeting at Stamford Bridge should be of huge interest.
This got Coral’s football experts thinking about which forwards in the Premier League era have turned out for both the Blues (odds-on at 1/3 to win the match) and Toffees (massive 10/1 outsiders to cause an upset)?
Ahead of their latest meeting, we put our heads together and came up with five fantastic frontmen that plied their trade in both west London and Merseyside.
After two Champions League triumphs with Barcelona (2004-09) and a historic European treble with Serie A side Inter Milan (2009-11), Cameroon legend Eto’o came to Chelsea via boom and bust Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013.
His stay at the Bridge was just one season, last term, and he netted a dozen in 34 outings across all competitions, including this hat-trick against Manchester United:
Released on a free transfer by Blues boss Jose Mourinho last summer, Everton came in for Eto’o. He departed the Toffees after just half of the season, and four goals in 20 games, however, by signing for Sampdoria in January.
Best known for two spells with Man Utd (1980-86 and 1988-95), Wales wonder and current Stoke City boss Hughes, nicknamed ‘Sparky’, went on to spend three seasons at Chelsea. Towards the end of his playing career, he also had a year on the blue half of Merseyside.
Big Belgium frontman Lukaku never scored in 15 appearances for Chelsea, but has a hugely respectable 26 in 65 Everton outings ahead of this encounter with his former club. He will desperate to prove Mourinho wrong for selling him to the Toffees for a record fee of £28m. Lukaku is a tasty 10/3 to net anytime.
Scotland striker Spencer perhaps played his best football at Chelsea (1992-97), but was loaned to second-tier team and west London rivals QPR during the final season on the books at the Bridge. From Loftus Road he also left to play for Everton, where Walter Smith (his old boss from Rangers) worked with him again. Spencer failed to score a Premier League goals for the Toffees, though.
Starting his career at Chelsea (1989-93), Stuart went on to play a huge part in making history with Everton. It was his initial effort that hit the bar before Paul Rideout nodded in the rebound as the Toffees beat Manchester United in the 1995 FA Cup final. Relive this classic moment below: