Despite being unbeaten under new interim boss Guus Hiddink Chelsea was pegged back by West Brom on Wednesday and are still just six points above the relegation zone.
Question remains, Can Romelu Lukaku inflict more pain on his former team and gift Everton the first league victory in four? The league’s joint top scorer failed to score against Manchester City in midweek, but still has 10 goals from his previous 11 appearances.
Colombian striker Radamel Falcao has been absent since October with a thigh injury and is still going on with his rehabilitation, while Eden Hazard also remains out with a groin injury.
The Belgian midfielder could return for the big match at Arsenal 24th January. Otherwise, manager Guus Hiddink has a full Chelsea team to choose from. Last season’s champions are actually unbeaten in the league since Jose Mourinho left Stamford Bridge last month but only two of those five fixtures have been wins, while the other three draws, including the last match.
Here is the starting Line for both Chelsea and Everton.
Chelsea starting XI: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Pedro; Diego Costa
Subs – Begovic, Baba, Cahill, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Oscar, Remy
Everton starting XI: Howard, Baines, Jagielka, Stones, Oviedo, Barry, Besic, Mirallas, Barkley, Lennon, Lukaku
Subs – Joel, Kone, Cleverley, Deulofeu, Osman, Pienaar, Funes Mori