Everton vs Chelsea : Chelsea need a result on Merseyside this afternoon as Maurizio Sarri’s Blues face Everton hoping to boost their chances of a Premier League top-four finish.
Everton vs Chelsea
English Premier League
Place: Goodison Park – Liverpool, ENG
Time: 12:30PM ET
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Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines could both return, the former having missed last weekend’s defeat at Newcastle due to illness, while Baines was absent due to a back injury.
Kurt Zouma will be unavailable to face his parent club, while Phil Jagielka remains a doubt until after the international break.
Potential Everton XI: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Digne, Baines, Schneiderlin, Gueye, Walcott, Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.
Gonzalo Higuain was not part of the Chelsea squad that won in the Europa League, missing out due to illness, and faces stiff competition to an XI spot after Olivier Giroud scored a hat-trick in Ukraine.
Sarri has no other fresh injury concerns and could look to re-jig his lineup.
Potential Chelsea XI: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Emerson, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pedro, Giroud, Hazard.
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Chelsea appear to be slowly recovering from a terrible February where it looked like Sarri was in danger of losing his job. Following the capitulation to Manchester City in the league, where they lost 6-0, they have picked up two wins and a draw in the Premier League and are currently on a five-game unbeaten streak in all competitions.
A 5-0 win over Dynamo Kyiv in the Europa League earlier in the week will boost their confidence heading to Goodison Park. Giroud had a masterclass of a game as he netted three goals, and could be picked as first choice striker ahead of Higuain for the trip to face the Toffees.
Indeed, the France international has made it clear that he has no intention of being a benchwarmer.
“No chance [I will deputise for another striker],” Giroud told reporters. “I’m a competitor. I have been through a lot of tough moments in my career. I want to enjoy playing my football after winning the World Cup last summer.
That’s why when I play I try to enjoy the game as much as I can. I want to play every single game and to be happy on the pitch. But I am not picking the team. The manager makes some choices.”
Everton have lost their last three out of their last five Premier League games, though did manage to see out a 0-0 draw against crosstown rivals Liverpool. A narrow 3-2 defeat to Newcastle last week might still be on their minds, and they currently languish in 12th in the table.