The pressure remains on Everton manager Marco Silva as his side have won just one of their previous six Premier League matches.
Yet while Everton scored two or more goals in a match for just the second time in eight league games last week, it wasn’t enough to avoid a 3-2 defeat at Newcastle.
They have now conceded over 2.5 goals in 16.67% of their top-flight fixtures this season.
Against Chelsea, the ‘Toffees’ have a chance to end their dismal run against teams inside the PL’s top ten (ahead of the round).
They have won just one of their 15 matches against those sides, conceding an average of 1.93 goals per game.
Chelsea head to Goodison Park in decent form, winning three of their previous five league games and are in the midst of a battle for a Champions League spot. Yet they haven’t enjoyed travelling to top-12 teams this season, winning just one of seven away league matches against such sides, scoring only four goals whilst conceding 18 in the process.
Chelsea have lost just one of the previous eight competitive H2Hs. Notably, the last two ended in a goalless draw.
Players to watch: Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been getting a run upfront for Everton, and has rewarded his manager with two goals in his last three matches.
Although Ross Barkley only has one goal in his previous four competitive appearances, the narrative already seems written for the former Everton man who returns to Goodison for the first time as a Chelsea player.