Chelsea have an opportunity to put some pressure on Manchester United, who play struggling West Ham at Upton Park later this afternoon. Will fortune favour new Hammers manager Alan Curbishley? Let’s hope so.
Jose Mourinho is still without Carlo Cudicini who hasn’t fully recovered from a strained leg muscle, so Henrique Hilario is likely to continue in goal. Joe Cole is out with a broken foot but Ricardo Carvalho is expected to return.
Everton are without a host of players including Mikel Arteta, Tim Cahill, Tony Hibbert, Alessandro Pistone and Gary Naysmith.
Chelsea have won eight and drawn three of the last eleven Premiership matches against Everton including three wins in the last four visits to Goodison Park.
- Carlo wait continues
- Pre-match briefing: Everton v. Chelsea
- Jose expects attacking Everton
- Essien ever ready