Everton v’s Chelsea match preview

12.30 kick off at Goodison Park

Everton will put their revival under Sam Allardyce to the test when they host in-form Chelsea in today’s premier league lunchtime kick-off.

Chelsea travel to Everton looking to hand Sam Allardyce his first defeat in charge of the Merseyside outfit.

The Blues have won four of their last five Premier League games to lift themselves away from the relegation zone and now sit just six points behind seventh-placed Tottenham ahead of this weekend’s fixtures.

Both sides have picked up 13 pounts from their past six Premier League outings, though the Toffees have a marignally better goal difference of +6 to the Blues’ +5.

Chelsea have won three matches against Everton in all competitions in 2017 by an aggregate score of 10-0,

however Sam Allardyce has won his last two Premier League encounters with Chelsea and he will be hoping to become the first Premier League manager to win against Chelsea with five different clubs with a win today, he is currently tied on four with Roy Hodgson.

Team news:

Yannick Bolasie could be in contention to return to the Everton squad for the first time in 12 months.

The blues will again be looking towards the in form Wayne Rooney who has scored 10 goals in 16 Premier League appearances so far this season – the fastest time it’s taken him to reach 10 goals in a season since 2011-12 when he managed it in 14 games.

Morata’s absence, for a fifth booking of the season, means Eden Hazard is likely to be deployed as a ‘false nine’.

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte, who is still without Charly Musonda (groin) and David Luiz (knee), is likely to revert to his first-choice line-up after making eight changes against Bournemouth on Wednesday.

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