Chelsea set to showcase their title credentials again
Chelsea put in another convincing display at St Mary’s Stadium last Sunday, running out 2-0 winners against the Saints. What was particularly impressive was the fact that they restricted Southampton to just one shot on target, a commendable feat based on all the previous evidence this season.
Everton got back to winning ways themselves on Sunday, despatching West Ham United, courtesy of goals from Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley.
Ronald Koeman’s side should provide the Blues with another stern test as title talk begins to gather pace around Stamford Bridge.
Goal projections – Chelsea 2.07 Everton 0.91
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Team news & predicted starting line-ups for Chelsea v Everton
Antonio Conte has been sticking with a 3-4-3 formation, meaning that skipper John Terry has had to make do with a place on the bench and changes are again expected to be kept to the minimum for the visit of Everton.
Koeman on the other hand, will have to reshuffle his pack after Idrissa Gana Gueye picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in the win over the Hammers.
The Senegalese midfielder has been something of a revelation since signing from Aston Villa, with many comparing him to Chelsea’s N’Golo Kanté, so it’s a bit of shame that they won’t go toe to toe in this one.
Chelsea fantasy player to watch
We recommended Eden Hazard against the Saints and there seems no obvious reason to desert him against the Toffees. He’s one of a handful of players that are classified as either midfielder or forward on Fantasy Football Portal’s FREE DraftKings contest this weekend.
If you include him, you will have more flexibility with your remaining selections and the great thing about the Belgian international is his ability to pick up fantasy points from all facets of his game, ranging from fouls drawn, crosses and shots in addition to the bread and butter of most fantasy football formats – goals and assists.
Chelsea team news
Cesc Fàbregas and Kurt Zouma are getting closer to a first-team return but Marco van Ginkel remains sidelined.
Diego Costa is one game away from a ban but Conte is still expected to name an unchanged side.
Predicted starting line-up for Chelsea
Everton fantasy player to watch
Romelu Lukaku should provide David Luiz with another stern test.
Chelsea’s Brazilian defender has hardly put a foot wrong, since being tasked with the responsibility of shackling Conte’s 3-man defence but the pace and power of the Everton forward should not be under-estimated.
Everton team news
Tom Cleverley is expected to come in for the suspended Gueye, while Maarten Stekelenburg could return in goal at the expense of Joel Robles.
Enner Valencia, Muhamed Besic, Arouna Kone and James McCarthy are all expected to miss out through injury for the Toffees.
Predicted starting line-up for Everton
Can Chelsea secure another 3 points to strengthen claims that they mean business in the title race?