Chelsea host Everton at Stamford Bridge in the match-day 22 of the English Premier League looking to maintain their unbeaten under the Guus Hiddink.
Both teams are coming on the back of a draw as Chelsea squandered the lead twice in the 2-2 draw against West Brom, while Everton stood firm to deny Manchester City in a 0-0 stalemate at Etihad Stadium.
Chelsea vs Everton : Team Form Comparison
The Blues have now stretched their unbeaten run to five games in the league since the departure of Jose Mourinho and they still look far from a mighty force they used to be in the previous seasons. Only two wins in the last five, except the stalemate against Manchester United, the matches have seen over 2.5 goals.
Everton is one of the unpredictable teams in the league with very little positives in their performances this season. They have managed only one win in their last eight Premier League matches and a meagre 8 points from possible a 24.
Chelsea vs Everton : Head to Head
In the first leg of the match between the sides this season Everton played Chelsea out of the park in the 3-1 thumping at the Goodison Park, courtesy of a Steven Naismith hat-trick.
But at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea can boast of a strong record over the Magpies as they have not tasted defeat in the last 20 Premier League matches. The record reads a formidable 11 wins and 9 draws.
They Blues have won all of their last four Premier League matches against Everton at home, with the last two wins coming at 1-0 score-line with goal falling in the 90th minute.
Chelsea : Team News
Guus Hiddink will be once again without the services of Eden Hazard due to the groin injury. In the midfield John Obi Mikel will continue to partner Fabregas with Matic starting off from the bench.
Pedro’s place in the starting line-up will be in question after taken out at half-time following a poor showing against West Brom.
Meanwhile, strikers Falcao and Loic Remy are still sidelined and new rumors are hinting at a possible sale of Remy to make room for former AC Milan attacker Alexandre Pato.
Chelsea : Predicted Line-up
Everton : Team News
Roberto Martinez is without the services of James McCarthy, Seamus Coleman and Steven Naismith in this crucial trip to London. Tom Cleverley is expected to return from injury and could start from the bench.
With Seamus Coleman still out, John Stones may continue at right-back with little options available as back-up.
Everton : Predicted Line-up
Chelsea vs Everton : Prediction
It is hard to separate the two teams at the moment as both teams are in similar kind of form.
Everton has played out 10 draws this season and Chelsea are still vulnerable to concede goals straight after scoring one.
As things stand, I expect a very tight encounter and if luck favors the brave, Chelsea might edge this by a goal to nil.[interaction id=”5698623d6f21c9dc0578f6df”]