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Chelsea v Everton live & preview EPL 2016-17

Chelsea v Everton live & preview EPL 2016-17 Photo: TT

Chelsea welcome Everton to Stamford Bridge on Saturday in a clash of the Blues.

Chelsea have been a revitalised team after Antonio Conte flipped the tactical switch after the Arsenal game in which they were battered 3-0. That change has recently seen them turn over Manchester United 4-0 and also turn a new leaf in their life under Antonio Conte.

One man who will be enjoying himself is Eden Hazard. The Belgian has been back to his best in recent weeks, terrorising Premier League defences after a dismal campaign last year. His teammate Diego Costa is the most obvious dangerman on the team, leading the goal scoring charts with eight strikes at this stage of the season.

Everton have done well enough for a club of their credentials this season, and with Lukaku firing on all cylinders. They held on to the 1-1 draw at Manchester City with a lot of luck but in general Ronald Koeman’s side has looked more composed and better acclimatised than the side under Roberto Martinez.

The head to head record between the two sides suggests that Chelsea should run away with this one, having won 22 of the 49 meetings between the clubs.

They are also in much better form than Everton, having recorded four straight wins since the humbling at Arsenal. Koeman’s team on the other hand have not done so well, with two draws and two losses in their last five games. It is quite possible they are on an upward arc though, having beaten West Ham 2-0 last weekend.

With an 80% home win percentage, Chelsea are the odds on favourites for this one. This combined with the fact that Chelsea have not conceded a single goal since the switch to a back three means that Everton have a very challenging task on their hands if they are to move up the table.

With top four challenge beckoning, expect Chelsea to up their game and keep in touch with league leaders Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool who are all at 23 points.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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