Sunday’s action in the Premier League kicks off at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea take on Everton.
Chelsea are looking to build on their 2-1 win over Tottenham last weekend at Wembley.
Everton, meanwhile, face a second tough away trip within the space of less than a week.
Ronald Koeman will be hoping his side can follow up their impressive point at the Etihad by causing more upset at the Bridge.
For Chelsea, this will come as another very stern test, as they look to put behind them their opening day performance in West London.
Everton’s preparation for the Chelsea game will undoubtedly have been affected by shocking news on Saturday night.
The father of Everton midfielder Muhamed Besic, Meho Besic, has been shot twice in Bosnia.
According to local reports, the incident happened in a town called Falešici, which is near Srebrenik.
The incident happened on Saturday at around 4.10 pm.
Early reports claim Meho Besic was shot in the leg and arm, however he survived the initial shooting. He’s since been hospitalised.
It’s unclear why Meho Besic was shot, however the father of the Everton star carries a reputation for being a problematic person due to a alcohol and gambling issues.
Mo Besic with his Dad a couple of years ago who has apparently been shot. Thoughts are with Besic and the family 💙 pic.twitter.com/4NVgO1NNI9
— Everton Fans Corner (@EFCFansCorner) August 26, 2017
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Chelsea vs Everton Preview: Team News, Predicted Lineups, Key Players & Odds
Chelsea come back to Stamford Bridge this Sunday yet again as they host a heavily armed Everton side. The last time the Toffees had come here, they were handed a 5-0 humiliation by the then high-flying Blue brigade. Things aren’t so smooth for Antonio Conte now following the opening day shock loss to Burnley.
Although they did make a comeback against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, their patchy form is visible, and Ronald Koeman’s Everton side could easily exploit it. Everton were quite a difficult side for Pep Guardiola’s star-studded Manchester City last week as they salvaged a draw from a late equalizer. With Europa League qualification secured, the Merseyside club will be without any inhibitions.
Chelsea- The biggest misses for Conte going into the game would be centre half Gary Cahill and playmaker Eden Hazard. The skipper still continues to serve his three-game suspension that he got after receiving a red card against Burnley on the opening day. Apart from that, the Italian boss is expected to have a fully fit and available squad at his disposal. Tiemoue Bakayoko had a nervy start to the league last game but should be more comfortable now and Conte welcomes Fabregas from his suspension.
Everton- Everton, on the other hand, will be without a host of players. Ronald Koeman will hope Sandro Ramirez and Idrissa Gueye become available for the game as they are both scheduled for a late fitness test before the manager decides on them. While the availability of Sigurdsson could compensate the position of Ramirez, Gueye has been Everton’s most important piece of the puzzle. Morgan Schneiderlin remains out with a red card that he received last game against Manchester City.
Among the long-term absentees remain defenders Ramiro Funes Mori, Seamus Coleman and attacking midfielders Ross Barkley and Yannick Bolasie. A huge blow for the Toffees would be the unavailability of midfielder James McCarthy and new arrival Davy Klaassen, who are returning after the international break.
Chelsea- Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger; Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Alonso; Fabregas, Willian; Morata
Everton- Pickford; Keane, Williams, Jagielka; Holgate, Gueye, Davies, Baines; Calvert-Lewin, Sigurdsson, Rooney
Chelsea- Although Conte wouldn’t want his side to solely rely on left back Marcos Alonso to score goals next game, the Spaniard remains one of the biggest weapons for Chelsea. Willian would expect to get on the score sheet this time after missing some chances last game.
Everton- New signing Sigurdsson produced a peach of a goal in Croatia last game and Koeman would hope he continues his form this game too. Wayne Rooney will hope to continue his fantastic run in Everton colours.
Chelsea @ 9/20
Draw @ 7/2
Everton @ 15/2