Chelsea look to claim second as Thomas Tuchel’s Blues welcome Everton to Stamford Bridge.
Victory could see Chelsea go second if Liverpool fail to win elsewhere, whereas Everton look to move further away from the relegation zone with a win.
N’Golo Kante is set to return for Chelsea after recovering from a knee injury which forced him to miss the Blues’ last five matches.
Trevoh Chalobah (thigh) is a doubt but Mateo Kovacic (Coronavirus) and Ben Chilwell (knee) remain absent.
Everton will be without Richarlison after the Brazilian suffered a calf injury in Sunday’s loss at Crystal Palace.
Andros Townsend (foot) is ruled out and joins Lucas Digne (illness), Yerry Mina (calf), Tom Davies (knee) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (quad) on sidelines.
Allan (fitness) could return as Seamus Coleman (knock) is a doubt and faces a late fitness test.
- Chelsea have won just two of their last seven matches against Everton (W2, D2, L3).
- Everton are winless in their last 26 league trips to Stamford Bridge (D11, L15).
- Chelsea haven’t conceded in their last five home league matches against Everton (W4, D1).
- No player in England’s top two leagues have scored more penalties than Chelsea’s Jorginho, with the Italian having netted four penalty kicks.
- Seamus Coleman has made two errors this season which led to Everton conceding goals.
Chelsea’s defensive issues in terms of confidence does still seem apparent because despite excellent saves from Edouard Mendy, their defence didn’t look comfortable against Leeds at the weekend despite Antonio Rudiger’s impressive display.
Thomas Tuchel though might well be slightly concerned about how his team scraped their win through two penalties instead of scoring from open play, although a win is a win by hook or crook and could well prove crucial come end of season.
Everton meanwhile were simply a defensive mess for the majority of their loss at Palace but looked capable of causing danger on the attack, yet failed to capitalise on their momentum when reduced their deficit to 2-1 which is another concern on top of more injuries.
In fact, I just can’t see the Toffees winning here but their defence will be crucial to limiting their defeat.
Prediction: Chelsea 2-0 Everton
Result: Chelsea 1-1 Everton