The Blues host Everton at Stamford Bridge, looking to move 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League table if Manchester City lose.
With the current seven point gap, it seems inevitable that the West London club will secure the top spot at the end of the campaign, and a victory over Everton should be a formality. Despite struggling against the Toffees in recent seasons, the Merseyside club are yet to impress this term, and the reverse fixture saw the Blues win 6-3 at Goodison Park.
However, they still sit only just below mid-table, and when on form, Roberto Martinez’s squad is good enough to defeat any team in the division. Defensively they show a number of weaknesses, but the creative, attacking play that Martinez has instilled is far and away some of the best in the division. Kevin Mirallas, Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman have enough quality to create chances, but former Chelsea and Everton star Pat Nevin believes Romelu Lukaku is the key man for the Toffees.
Lukaku excelled during his loan stay with Everton last season, netting 15 times in 33 Premier League fixtures, although he has failed to replicate his performances this season, having signed on a permanent deal from Chelsea. Seven goals in 24 games is a respectable return, although there appears to be a lack of drive and physicality in his play that has been such a vital part of his game, and the Everton gameplan has suffered because of it.
Regardless, the Belgian international could be looking to prove to Jose Mourinho that he was wrong to sell him after so few chances at Stamford Bridge, and Nevin has claimed that stopping Lukaku will make picking up three points much easier.
Speaking to the official Chelsea website, former Everton and Blues winger Nevin said: “Their defence has been tightened up and following a dire run of results, the belief seems to be back with my old boys in blue.
“As ever, much depends on Romelu Lukaku. If we can keep him quiet there is a good chance of another three points being banked. After that I personally hope the Toffees win every other game they play this season.”