After the start they made to the new season, Chelsea would have probably been quite grateful for the international break, as it allowed Jose Mourinho the time to assess how the Blues are going to get their Premier League title defence off and running.
Three points on Saturday is arguably a must, even at this early stage of the season, but the Toffees will fancy their chances, especially if they can keep things tight at the back, as the champions have conceded at least two goals in everyone of their opening four games.
Here is how we expect Mourinho’s men to line up at Goodison Park:
With Thibaut Courtois a doubt for the game due to an injury sustained in training (via Daily Mail), the safe bet would be to say that his understudy will be given the nod. The Bosnian will have something to prove as his only other start for the club came in the 3-0 defeat to Manchester City.
RB- Branislav Ivanovic
Although the Serbian has made a terrible start to the new season, it seems unlikely that Mourinho will go for a defensive reshuffle that involves Ivanovic dropping to the bench and Baba Rahman coming in. His experience will be important against an Everton attack that moves forward with tremendous intent.
CB- Gary Cahill
A clean sheet in midweek for England would have provided Cahill with a huge boost, and he’ll need to take that confidence with him into this game. With two England rivals lining up against him in Phil Jagielka and John Stones, he will be keen to impress as the road to Euro 2016 arguably starts now.
CB- John Terry
No-one would have believed at the start of the season that it would be the captain’s place in the side that would be one of the most debatable four games in. The veteran has made a very poor start, but if there’s anyone capable of turning their form around, it is the skipper. Although, he may not be given the opportunity with Kurt Zouma also in contention.
LB- Cesar Azpilicueta
The Spaniard is still one of the first names in the team, and proved his ability further up the pitch with what turned out to be the winning goal in the Blues’ sole victory of the season in the game with West Brom.