Chelsea’s trip to Goodison Park to face Everton on Saturday is their final league match before Christmas Day.
The two sides have already faced each other twice this season, with Antonio Conte’s side coming out on top on both occasions.
Since Chelsea’s most recent victory over Everton, former England manager Sam Allardyce has taken charge of the team and has turned them from a relegation threatened side into a team now in ninth position.
Here is how we predict Chelsea will line-up against The Toffees on Saturday.
Predicted line-up (3-4-3): Thibaut Courtois; Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Gary Cahill; Victor Moses, N’Golo Kante, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Marcos Alonso; Willian, Eden Hazard, Pedro
Predicted substitutes: Willy Caballero, Antonio Rudiger, Ethan Ampadu, Davide Zappacosta, Cesc Fabregas, Danny Drinkwater, Michy Batshuayi
After Willy Caballero made his first appearance for The Blues since they last faced The Toffees in October against AFC Bournemouth on Wednesday, Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is set to return to the side.
Gary Cahill was one of only three players to keep their starting place against AFC Bournemouth, he is likely to again retain his place in the starting side with Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen both set to return to partner him in the three-man defence.
Davide Zappacosta and Kenedy started as the wing-backs during the cup victory over The Cherries, they are both set to be replaced by Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso respectively.
The French duo of N’Golo Kante and Tiemoue Bakayoko may both be recalled to the starting XI, with Cesc Fabregas and Danny Drinkwater making way for them.
Alvaro Morata received his fifth booking of the season against The Cherries for his goal celebration after scoring the winner; he placed the ball under his shirt to celebrate his wife’s pregnancy and his booking means that he will be unavailable for selection at Goodison Park.
With Michy Batshuayi struggling in his opportunity to impress against AFC Bournemouth, Antonio Conte could use Willian and Pedro either side of Eden Hazard up front.
We can expect plenty of goals on Merseyside, with 16 goals scored in the last five matches between these two sides at Goodison Park and Saturday should be no different.
Score Prediction: Everton 2-3 Chelsea
By Jonty Colman