Maurizio Sarri and Marco Silva take to the dugouts against one another as Chelsea travel to Goodison Park, with Everton as their enemy.
Both managers have had patchy starts in their new managerial roles, higher placed finishes in the English Premier League expected, just not delivered.
Silva’s side held Sarri’s to a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge in October, however, they have not defeated their opponents in the league since 2015.
Romelu Lukaku, a former Blue, was in the team that day and we have taken a look at three others who have played for both Chelsea and Everton.
Ross Barkley (Everton 2010-2018, Chelsea 2018-Current)
Currently a Chelsea Blue, Ross Barkley began life in a lighter shade as an Everton academy graduate.
A euphoria erupted around the club and their fanbase as this local born Liverpool lad burst onto the senior scene aged just 17. After short loan moves to Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United, his hotly anticipated return to Merseyside began in the 2013/2014 season.
Barkley could barely have made a better start, scoring his first Everton goal on the opening day against Norwich City, earning himself the Man of the Match award. His raw natural ability was gaining the attention of pundits and players alike, an arrogance in his play, with shades of Paul Gascoigne.
His full first campaign ended with a nomination for the PFA Young Player of the Year award, appearing 38 times and netting on seven occasions. Despite being dampened with medial collateral ligament damage, Barkley managed 123 games for the Toffees in the following three years.
His most prolific term saw a stretch of 48 games and 12 goals (his best return thus far) in 2015/2016, as Everton reached the semi-finals of both the FA Cup and League cup, finishing 11th in the English Premier League.
Goodison Park had been given the good and the bad from Barkley before he set off to Stamford Bridge, falling out of favour with then manager Ronald Koeman despite creating more goalscoring opportunities for teammates than any English player in the division during the 2016/2017 campaign.
Once again Barkley was blighted by injury, missing the entirety of his final spell with Everton. Chelsea took the risk on the mercurial talent, signing the midfielder for £15 million. It wasn’t long before he was back on the medical table just a month into his spell at The Bridge.
Under Sarri, his form has dipped above and below his general standards, often rouletting with Mateo Kovacic in and out of the side yet he is beginning to settle at Stamford Bridge.
His undeniable quality reflects on his international career, representing England from Under-16s right through to the seniors. He has claimed European Under-17 Championship glory in 2010, whilst earning a spot in Roy Hodgson’s 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 UEFA European Championship squads with little prevail. Gareth Southgate has selected Barkley for every one of The Lions UEFA Nations League games.
Kurt Zouma (Chelsea 2014-loan, Everton 2018)
French football gave birth to Kurt Zouma, his upbringing in the game an unusual one. During his time with his boyhood club, he played as a right winger and striker, almost unimaginable when he’s seen towering above attackers in defence.
At Saint-Etienne, manager Christophe Galtier insisted Zouma initially play without a name on his shirt to avoid media attention, rating the youngster so highly.
Zouma crossed the channel to join Chelsea in 2014 before swiftly being sent back to Saint-Etienne on-loan for the remainder of the campaign. Back at The Bridge with a bang, the Frenchman netted on his debut against Bolton Wanderers in the League Cup. A special connection to the competition, he started the 2015 final in midfield against Tottenham Hotspur and ultimately secured silverware after Chelsea won 2-0. This accompanied an English Premier League triumph and a solid start for Zouma in London.
An injury blow brought him down to earth, missing 32 games and 286 days of action before a reappearance in 2017; Chelsea lifted a second league title since Zouma’s re-arrival at Chelsea shortly after.
Signing a six-year contract with The Blues also meant being pushed into the loan-market. A relegation with Stoke City in 2017/2018 where he impressed in 37 appearances.
Zouma zoomed back into the top division, Everton decided on a season-long loan move in this year, in which Silva has utilised him at great length.
Despite not making a senior international tournament squad, Zouma has been heavily involved at youth level. Appearing at both the 2011 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship and 2011 FIFA Under-17 World Cup, being on the winning side for the 2013 FIFA World Cup is his greatest achievement for France.
Pat Nevin (Chelsea 1983-1988, Everton 1988-1992)
Now a widely respected journalist, Pat Nevin let his football do the talking during his hey-days. After becoming a cult hero at Clyde in Scotland, Nevin crossed the border to sign for Chelsea.
A winger with an eye for goal, he netted on 14 occasions in 1983/1984 in a terrific year for him and the club with Chelsea winning promotion as Old Second Division champions. Nevin also swooped for the Player of the Year award, one of two he would pick up whilst in London.
Now amongst the elite in the country, Nevin and co guided The Blues to a sixth-place finish in the old Division One plus a League Cup semi-final. It was here where the ‘Flying Scotsman’ set up three goals in a thrilling 4-4 quarter-final draw with Sheffield Wednesday.
With the good times now in the past, Nevin jumped from the sinking ship as Chelsea were relegated, being sold to Everton in the process for the 1988/1989 campaign.
Add a professional DJ to his CV, it wasn’t a perfect symphony unfortunately for Nevin and Everton. He did provide 20 goals across his four-year stint and guided The Toffees to an FA Cup final, losing to Liverpool in the finale.
His international career shot off to a super start, wining the UEFA European Youth Championship with Scotland and earning the Player of the Tournament mantel.
At senior level, Nevin notched 28 caps, representing ‘The Tartan Terriers’ at the 1992 UEFA European Championship yet he missed out on two FIFA World Cup squads.
By Nathaniel Kay