Confirmed: Everton and Chelsea line-ups

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Here is how Everton and Chelsea will line up for this afternoon’s match:

Everton starting XI: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Stones, Galloway, Barry, McCarthy, Besic, Barkley, Kone, Lukaku

Everton subs: Robles, Mirallas, Naismith, Lennon, Deulofeu, Funes Mori, Osman

Chelsea starting XI: Begovic, Ivanovic, Terry, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Matic, Mikel, Fabregas, Hazard, Pedro, Costa

Chelsea subs: Blackman, Falcao, Kenedy, Willian, Remy, Cahill, Loftus-Cheek

Everton welcome Chelsea to Goodison Park for the first Premier League match since the international break.

Everton are currently ninth in the table with five points from their first four matches, while Chelsea are down in 13th with just four points to date.

A win for Chelsea will turn their poor start around but another defeat and the pressure will be on Jose Mourinho and his men.

That said Chelsea won the corresponding fixture last season 6-3 so the Toffees will be guarding against complacency; especially as they have won just two of their last eight league games.

This is Chelsea’s worst league start for two decades and it could get even worse against an Everton side with the talent and the work ethic required to get the better of the reigning champions.

With Chelsea’s defence coming in for all sorts of criticism it will be interesting to see how they fare against a resilient Everton side who will be hoping John Stones performs against a club that would love to have him in their ranks.

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