A rejuvenated Everton will be looking to match wars against Antonio Conte’s Chelsea as two sides meet at the Merseyside on Saturday in a staggering encounter of the Premier League.
Injury and Suspension News:
Everton have a long list of players who are currently injured. Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines will miss the match as both are out with a broken leg and calf trouble respectively. Ross Barkley, Yannick Bolasie will also play no part and Argentine defender Funes Mori is also out with a knee injury.
Chelsea have only one injury concern as David Luiz will be doubtful for the match due to match fitness issues. But Alvaro Morata will be missing the trip as he is suspended.
Alvaro Morata’s celebration got him in trouble
Morgan Schneiderlin and Idrissa Gueye will take up the central midfield places while Wayne Rooney operates from a more attacking role, while Calvert Lewin will be the sole man up front. Aaron Lennon are Gylfi Sigurdsson are expected to be on the wings.
Conte is expected to field 3-4-3 formation and Hazard and Pedro along with Willian will play as false nine while Christensen is expected to start ahead of Rudiger.
Hazard has been instrumental for the Blues this season
Everton are currently 9th in the table after a string of good performances under Sam Allardyce, and they will aiming to replicate some of their good stuffs again on Saturday to stop Chelsea. The Blues are currently 3rd in the table and fresh from their midweek Carabao Cup victory over Bournemouth. Ahead of a busy period, this is the last match of both the teams before Christmas and it is quite evident that both the sides will be hoping to kickstart the upcoming busy period with a win. Chelsea haven’t had good record at Goodison as they have lost twice in their last three trips at the Merseyside. Sam Allardyce will also be hoping to win against Chelsea with five different clubs, which will be a record as he currently equals with four clubs along with Roy Hodgson.
Probable Line Up:
Everton Line Up vs Chelsea
They met at the the Goodison April this year and the London side won 3-0. Pedro, Gary Cahill and Willian scored three second half goals to give the Premier League Champions a resounding victory.
Betting Odds: (via bet365)
The match will be telecast live on Star Sports Select 1 and 1 HD from 18.00 IST on Saturday for Indian viewers.