Marco Silva’s rejuvenated Everton side travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday, looking to earn their fifth win in their last six league outings.
The Toffees recent run of form has seen them climb to ninth in the Premier League table; beating Leicester, Fulham and Crystal Palace in the process.
Their hosts on Sunday however are also in excellent form though, and have been since the start of the season. Maurizio Sarri’s side are still unbeaten and can go top with a win – for a few hours at least – with both Manchester sides going head to head later on Sunday.
1. Goalkeeper and Defenders
Jordan Pickford (GK) – Following a superb summer display for England at the World Cup, Pickford will be slightly disappointed in keeping just two clean sheets this season, though has been his side’s saviour at times.
Seamus Coleman (RB) – Having recovered from his horrific leg break last season, the all-action full-back is back to his energetic best. Scored with a terrific strike last week after one of his trademark forays forward.
Yerry Mina (CB) – With Kurt Zouma unable to face his parent club, the Colombian looks set for his first Premier League start. Imposing in the air, and physical in the challenge, the 24-year-old will need all his defensive qualities on Sunday to withstand a fearsome Chelsea attack.
Michael Keane (CB) – Keane’s partnership with Zouma is blossoming into a formidable defensive pairing. Both possess the speed and aerial ability to dominate opposing attackers and are capable of playing out from the back.
Lucas Digne (LB) – Has allowed veteran Leighton Baines a much needed rest. The former Barcelona star gives his side an out ball down the left, and is capable of delivering dangerously from out wide.
Andre Gomes (DM) – Another ex-Barcelona player; the Portuguese midfielder has started his side’s last three league games since returning to fitness. An excellent foil for his fellow defensive midfielder Idrissa Gueye.
Idrissa Gueye (DM) – The Senegalese star provides bite and hustle in midfield for his side, and is one of the first names on the team sheet.
Theo Walcott (RM) – Electric pace and well timed runs make Walcott a potent threat down the right for Everton. The 29-year-old will want to add to his season tally of two goals on Sunday.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (AM) – The Icelandic international is beginning to display his undoubted talents on a more consistent basis this term. Stunning strikes against Fulham and Leicester have reminded everyone of his shooting abilities from distance.
Bernard (LM) – The summer signing has shown signs of making a real impact at Goodison Park this term. Agile and tricky on the ball, the Brazilian gives his side a much needed source of creativity from the left.
Richarlison (ST) – The young Brazilian possesses everything to make it as a true number nine despite playing most of his football previously out wide. The former Watford man is quick, strong, two-footed and is excellent in the air.
Six goals for his new club already this term reflect the 21-year-old’s impact in attack; Cenk Tosun would do well to take notes from his fellow marksman.
Note: Richarlison is a late injury doubt for the game after being limited in training on Friday.