What time is kick off?
It’s an early start, this one.
Kick off at Goodison is 12.30pm. So no staying out too late on Friday, please!
Is it on TV?
It is. It’ll be screened live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, with the programme starting at 11.30am.
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Who is the referee?
Bobby Madley. The West Yorkshire official is one of the more card-happy referees in the game, issuing five reds and 57 yellows in 15 games this season.
Two of those were in Everton’s game at Manchester City in August, Kyle Walker and Morgan Schneiderlin getting their marching orders on a bad night for the man in the middle.
Still, his last Goodison game was a cracker, the 4-2 win over Leicester in April.
His assistants will be Peter Kirkup and Marc Perry, with the fourth official being Anthony Taylor.
Any team news?
We will know more, Everton-wise, after Sam Allardyce’s press conference today (1.30pm).
But for now we can safely assume that Leighton Baines, Ross Barkley, Ramiro Funes Mori, Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy and Maarten Stekelenburg are all sidelined.
Yannick Bolasie could be back, having returned to action after a year out with a knee injury. He’d be on the bench at best.
Chelsea will be without leading scorer Alvaro Morata, who is suspended. Expect Eden Hazard to lead the line for us, with Pedro and Willian in support.
Who should I look out for in the Chelsea team?
That man Hazard. The Premier League’s best, the Belgian has been in fine form since returning to action in September.
His dribbling, touch and speed make him one of the hardest players to mark, and Everton will need to stop him if they are to have any kind of success.
Cesc Fabregas caused them all kinds of problems when the sides met at Stamford Bridge in September, while left wing-back Marcos Alonso’s set-piece threat is vast.
An excitable Italian called Antonio Conte.
The 48-year-old won the Premier League title in his first season at the club, and was denied the double by Arsenal in the FA Cup final.
It’s been a little tougher this time around, but the Londoners have progressed in the Champions League and are third in the league.
Conte has never lost to Everton as a manager.
What happened the last time the sides met?
Chelsea won, as has been the case in each of the last four meetings.
Conte’s men won a League Cup fourth round tie 2-1 at Stamford Bridge back in October, just two days after Ronald Koeman’s sacking. Dominic Calvert-Lewin got Everton’s goal, with Antonio Rudiger and Willian on target for Chelsea.
The league meeting in September ended 2-0 to Chelsea, with Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata netting.
The last Goodison clash was another easy win for the Londoners, with Pedro, Gary Cahill and Willian on target in a 3-0 triumph in April.
What should I be betting on?
Everton are as big as 5/1 to win on Saturday, with Chelsea as short as 4/7 and the draw at 11/4.
That Blues price seems hefty considering their recent form, and Morata’s absence. We wouldn’t steer you away from the Everton win there, although the double chance of Everton/Draw is a safer 7/5 shot. ‘Draw no bet’ takes your odds down to about 3/1 if you want to back the Blues.
Card-wise, the idea of a red from Madley looks a good shout – you can get 4/1 on a sending off, and 25/1 on Ashley Williams to be the man to walk. Just saying.
Goalscorers? Dom Calvert-Lewin is our tip to net first, he scored at Stamford Bridge in October and looked sharp against Swansea. He’s as big as 11/1 to open the scoring on Saturday. Which for a striker is worth a punt.