Chelsea are set to host Everton at the Stamford Budge in yet another Premier league fixture. Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink is already five games into his second spell as the Blues boss. Hiddink remains unbeaten, after winning two of their last five games, with a lackluster draw at Old Trafford and disappointing draws against West Bromwich Albion and Watford.
Everton comes into today’s match four points better than Chelsea and on the back of a barren 0-0 draw at Manchester City. Everton have reported no new injury worries after their game with Manchester city. James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman will remain out, but Tom Cleverly has a 50/50 chance of returning from an ankle injury.
Forward Steven Naismith will also remain out due to a minor ankle injury.
For Chelsea, Radamel Falcao and Eden Hazard will not feature today because they are sidelined by respective thigh and groin injuries. Winger Pedro may not be involved in the starting spot after a poor performance against West Brom, and Kennedy is likely to take his place.
Speaking ahead of today’s match, Everton manager Roberto Martinez said: “Chelsea are a team full of winning footballers. They won the league so the quality is there. They have players that can produce magic.
“They have had a couple of very impressive performances under Guus Hiddink, and have shown plenty of fight.”
On his side, Hiddink said: “There are 12 points difference to fourth place, which is Tottenham.
“We all like to look forward and to the top of the table, but also don’t be unrealistic – you’re six points off the line of relegation. That’s also a fact.
“We have to work hard and be very concentrated and gather our points to step up.”
The predicted line ups:
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Kenedy; Diego Costa
Everton (4-2-3-1): Howard; Stones, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Baines; Besic, Barry; Deulofeu, Barkley, Kone; Lukaku