It’s been a mixed start to the season for the Blues, with defeat against Burnley on the opening day really generating a bit of concern amongst supporters. Some have deemed their win against Tottenham on Sunday a fluke, and so a win against the Toffees would certainly put down a marker.
Ahead of the game, Antonio Conte has delivered a hugely positive news update, giving Chelsea the best possible preparation for the game. Conte has revealed that, other than Eden Hazard, Chelsea have no injury concerns as they prepare to face the Toffees on Sunday afternoon.
This is, of course, huge news for the Blues – with a number of injury problems plaguing the start of their season. The most notable of these was surrounding Tiemoue Bakayoko, who had to make his debut in difficult circumstances against Tottenham last weekend – despite not being fully fit.
He appears to have gotten through that game unscathed, which is great for Chelsea, and could return to the side once again on Sunday. Elsewhere, Pedro – who has been struggling with an injury this season – also appears ready to feature once more. He came off the bench against Tottenham, but he clearly wasn’t fully fit.
That’ll give Conte more than a few choices to make this weekend, which is important given the lack of options that he has had so far this year.
Tiemoue Bakayoko’s fitness is key, as he looked really good at Tottenham. There was certainly a fear that he could have worsened his fitness by playing through the pain barrier, but he appears to have made it through unscathed.
Eden Hazard’s lack of fitness is certainly frustrating, but his return appears to be edigng closer.
Chelsea are in a perfect spot to nab a win against Everton.
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Chelsea in pole position to beat Liverpool to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain transfer deal
Chelsea are in pole position to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal despite substantial interest from Liverpool, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Premier League champions are yet to make an improved offer for the England international but Antonio Conte is keen to bring him to Stamford Bridge.
Conte has told the Chelsea board to secure deals for three of four more players before the window closes next week and Oxlade-Chamberlain is a top target.
The 24-year-old has been at the Emirates since 2011 and has won three FA Cups with the Gunners, but rejected Arsenal’s most recent contract offer and sees his future elsewhere.
It is claimed Oxlade-Chamberlain has informed Arsene Wenger of his desire to leave and Arsenal will now attempt to get as much money as possible from a deal.
The versatile star is valued at around £35million and while Jurgen Klopp is monitoring the situation, the Mirror say Chelsea remain frontrunners in the transfer race.
Arsenal travel to Anfield on Sunday to take on Liverpool but Wenger may opt to leave Oxlade-Chamberlain out due to the intense speculation over his future.