Were it not for the North London Derby this weekend, Chelsea hosting Everton would be the standout fixture on the list. Indeed, the pair meet at an interesting time in their respective seasons, with the Londoners on the back of four straight wins following Antonio Conte’s decision to utilise a three-man backline, while the travelling Merseysiders returned to winning ways last weekend after a relatively barren spell.
Both clubs sit around the top four and will be hoping for wins that will give their own title and European qualifications aspirations a timely boost.
Conte’s Chelsea know that a win will move them above both Arsenal and Liverpool, while Ronald Koeman’s unit will leapfrog Spurs to move fifth in the table, just one point behind their rivals today, with a victory.
Team to face Everton: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard. #CHEEVE
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 5, 2016
— Everton (@Everton) November 5, 2016
Chelsea are unchanged following their 2-0 win at Southampton last weekend, with Diego Costa – the Premier League’s leading scorer with eight goals to his name in ten games – leading the line.
Everton have Chelsea old boy Romelu Lukaku as their main striker, with Yannick Bolasie and Ross Barkley playing just off him. Tom Cleverley comes in in place of Idrissa Gueye, who is unavailable.