Preview: Everton v Chelsea

By Jess Watkins

The Blues travel to Goodison Park this weekend with good spirits after their recent impressive Europa League win against Dynamo Kiev. With the announcement of a potential ‘easy’ next draw in the cup against Slavia Prague they should be beaming with confidence.

Chelsea have won their last three games which will bring an alliance of hope amongst the squad. The Toffees have only won their last six Premier eague games, beating Cardiff at the end of last month.

Olivier Giroud has shown yet again that he could be a potential starter with his respected recent goals and his ability to work off Willian and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, if they managed to make Maurizio Sarri’s starting 11. However, the previous injury for Gonzalo Higuain seems on the mend and may put Giroud back on the bench against Everton.

To keep fighting for that top four finish means a win for Chelsea is a must after a defiant Wolves held them to a draw.

Everton’s captain Phil Jagielka will miss the game due to injury which is a blow to them but fit to play Gylfi Sigurdsson, who has claimed 11 goals this season, will make it hard for Chelsea’s defence.

Marco Silva’s side are in need of a win which is not an easy ask especially when Hazard is in the team. The Belgium is only one of twenty players in Europe’s top five leagues to register 10 or more goals and 10 or more assists this season. The only other player to do this is Messi.

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