Chelsea welcome Everton to Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening, looking to continue their impressive form and stay in touch with the Premier League’s top three.
Currently in fourth place, the London outfit have amassed 22 points so far this season – exactly double the amount they managed to pick up at this exact stage last campaign.
The appointment of Antonio Conte seems to have brought a breath of fresh air to the club and their players, none more so than Eden Hazard.
— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) November 4, 2016
The Belgium international had a horror season in 2015-16 but already this year he has managed to find the net five times in 10 games – one more than he scored in 31 appearances in the previous campaign.
Another goal at home this weekend would see Hazard score in four successive league games for the first time in his career.
The visitors halted a five-match winless run in all competitions with their 2-0 win over West Ham United last week, but will need to end a run of 21 games without a victory at the Bridge if they are to pick up three points again this time out.
Yannick Bolasie has been an astute signing for the Toffees in 2016, laying on four of Romelu Lukaku’s seven league goals.
The former Chelsea man will be out to add to his tally and prove a point against his previous club having not scored in any of his 15 appearances during his two-year spell.
— Everton FC News (@LivEchoEFC) November 4, 2016
Willian is pushing for a recall for the hosts however Conte could name an unchanged side with Pedro keeping his place, as Cesc Fabregas remains unavailable.
Ronald Koeman will be boosted by the return of Enner Valencia, who had to sit out last week’s clash with his parent club, and goalkeeper Martin Stekelenburg is back from a foot injury.
Idrissa Gueye won’t feature though after accumulating five yellow cards, and hamstring injuries to Leighton Baines and James McCarthy keep them sidelined.
In the corresponding fixture last season John Terry earned his side a point with a 98th minute equaliser in a dramatic 3-3 draw and with the defender clearly offside Everton will be desperate for revenge this time out.
Potential Chelsea Starting XI (3-4-3): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard
Potential Everton Starting XI (4-4-2): Stekelenburg; Coleman, Williams, Funes Mori, Oviedo; Mirallas, Barry, Barkley, Bolasie; Lukaku, Valencia