SunSport reveals all you need to know ahead of this weekend’s crunch Premier League clash
CHELSEA have a fully fit squad available as they travel to Everton this weekend looking to move a step closer to their fifth Premier League title.
Antonio Conte has worked wonders at Stamford Bridge during his debut season and has also guided the Blues to an FA Cup final.
However, Chelsea are above London rivals Tottenham by just four points and know a defeat to Everton could see the lead cut to just one.
The Toffees have proven to be a bogey team for the Blues in recent years, although November’s 5-0 win was arguably Chelsea’s best performance of the season.
Here, SunSport reveals everything you need to know about the upcoming clash.
Chelsea have no injury worries for the game at Goodison but are expected to revert to the usual front three of Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Pedro.
Gary Cahill is set to retain his place ahead of Nathan Ake, meaning Kurt Zouma is likely to be left out of the matchday squad for the second straight game in favour of captain John Terry.
Meanwhile, Seamus Coleman remains a long-term casualty for the Toffees, who could start Mason Holgate on the right of a five-man defence.
Matthew Pennington is pushing for a place alongside Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams, although Kevin Mirallas could feature if Ronald Koeman opts for a more traditional formation.
When is the game?
Everton vs Chelsea kicks off at 2.05pm on Sunday, April 30.
What TV channel is it on?
Everton vs Chelsea will be shown live on Sky Sports 1, with coverage starting at 1pm.
Everton: Stekelenburg, Holgate, Pennington, Jagielka, Williams, Baines, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Davies, Barkley, Lukaku
Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso, Pedro, Costa, Hazard
- Everton have won five of their last seven Premier League games against Chelsea at Goodison Park (L2), two more than they recorded in their previous 17 in the competition.
- Only against Tottenham (92) have Chelsea scored more Premier League goals than versus Everton (80).
- Diego Costa has been directly involved in six goals in four Premier League appearances against Everton (four goals, two assists).
- Following his midweek brace against Southampton, Diego Costa now has 19 Premier League goals in 2016-17. Without these goals, Chelsea would be 15 points worse off than they are and no player has seen their goals win more points for their side than Costa this season.
- Cesc Fabregas has had a hand in eight goals in his last seven games against the Toffees in the top-flight (four goals, four assists).
- Romelu Lukaku has failed to score in all five of his previous outings against his former club Chelsea in the Premier League, attempting 12 shots (incl. blocks) in the process.
- Overall during his Premier League career, Romelu Lukaku has scored against 23 of the 29 different teams he’s faced in the competition. This season alone he’s scored against 13 different teams in the Premier League.
- Romelu Lukaku has scored in all nine of Everton’s competitive home matches in 2017 so far (14 goals). The only player to go on a longer streak of scoring in consecutive home matches for Everton is Dixie Dean; who managed to score in 12 successive home games for the Toffees between October 1930 and February 1931.
- Everton are currently enjoying an eight-game winning run at home – their longest such streak in the Premier League. They last had a longer run in the top flight between December 1986 and April 1987 (10 wins).
- Chelsea have won 78 points from their 33 Premier League games so far. This is the eighth occasion that a side has won 78+ points from 33 games in the competition and half of those have been by Chelsea (Chelsea – four times, Manchester United – three times, Arsenal – once).
- Should Chelsea win their remaining five Premier League matches of the season, they will finish the campaign on 93 points. This would be the second-best points tally by a side in a Premier League season, after Chelsea in 2004-05 (95).