Chelsea have kept four clean sheets in a row and are now one point off top spot after switching to a 3-4-3 formation.
Everton secured their first win in four last time out and will now be eyeing an upset when they travel to Stamford Bridge, although the loss of Idrissa Gueye and the absence of James McCarthy as cover may prove detrimental to their chances.
Chelsea are unbeaten in their last six home matches against Everton and it should stay that way this weekend. Naija and Bet
Chelsea – Marco van Ginkel and Kurt Zouma have stepped up their return to first team action after featuring for the U23s, but they aren’t expected to recover in time for the weekend.
All in all, Antonio Conte isn’t expected to make any changes to the side that has kept four clean sheets in a row in the Premier League. This could even mean Pedro keeps out Willian.
Everton – Maarten Stekelenburg missed their 2-0 win over West Ham through injury and it remains to be seen if he will recover in time to regain his place on Saturday.
Idrissa Gueye will miss the trip to Stamford Bridge through suspension after picking up his fifth booking of the season last time out. This is a huge blow for Ronald Koeman’s side.
The Everton manager could tinker with his formation and match Chelsea’s system, having already reverted to three at the back earlier in the season.
Ross Barkley has been dropped in back games already this season and Koeman may do so again if he fails the attacking midfielder’s knack of losing possession will harm his team’s chances.
Chelsea are undefeated in their last 22 home matches against Everton in all competitions.
Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in their last 4 matches in Premier League.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 8 of Chelsea’s last 9 home Premier League games .
Chelsea have won their last 4 matches (Premier League).
Chelsea have scored at least 2 goals in 8 of their last 10 matches (Premier League).
Chelsea have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 3 matches (Premier League).
Everton have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches against Chelsea in all competitions.