The Blues have been in terrific form and can leapfrog both Liverpool and Tottenham – who both play on Sunday – with victory tonight.
Frank Lampard will have to do without Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi, who have hamstring injuries, but Olivier Giroud is likely to get the chance to continue his terrific recent form having been rested against Krasnodar in midweek.
Everton’s form has dipped markedly since their superb start to the season, but Carlo Ancelotti’s side will be boosted by the return of 2,000 fans for the first time since the coronavirus shutdown began.
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Everton team news
Everton playmaker James Rodriguez will miss the visit of Chelsea.
The Colombia international sustained a calf injury in last weekend’s draw at Burnley and has not trained all week.
Defender Seamus Coleman is expected to be fit from a hamstring injury in time for the midweek trip to Leicester but midfielder Fabian Delph is out with a similar problem.
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