Chelsea will be hoping to continue their push for qualification for next season’s UEFA Champions League when they face Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday lunchtime.
The Blues returned to winning ways with a hard fought 2-1 victory over Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening and they now face an Everton side who are in poor form. The Toffees have lost their last three league matches and manager Marco Silva is under immense pressure.
Everton go into the match without the services of full-back Cuco Martina who is nursing an injury problem while midfield trio Andre Gomes, Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Fabian Delph are also sidelined. Defender Seamus Coleman could make a welcome return to the Everton starting XI.
Chelsea could finally have defender Antonio Rudiger available for selection following an injury-plagued start to the season but Ross Barkley and Callum Hudson-Odoi are not yet thought to be ready to return to competitive action despite returning to training. Ruben Loftus-Cheek continues to be missing with long-term injury.
Blues boss Frank Lampard could hand late fitness tests to key pair Willian and Tammy Abraham with both players having picked up knocks against Villa in midweek.
The match is scheduled to kick-off at 12.30pm on Saturday afternoon and will be screened live on BT Sport 1.