Everton expected 4-1-2-3 v Chelsea: Senior trio omitted
By Emma Sanders
Maarten Stekelenburg, Phil Jagielka and Tom Cleverley are all expected to return to the starting XI against Chelsea after missing out during last week’s clash against West Ham.
Blues goalkeeper Stekelenburg has recovered from a foot injury after potentially being a doubt for the game while Ener Valencia is also able to return to the frame after having to sit out the encounter with his parent club.
Idrissa Gueye will serve a one-match ban after accumulating his fifth yellow card in the victory over West Ham, while Leighton Baines and James McCarthy remain sidelined with hamstring problems.
Ronald Koeman is likely to name a similar back four with Seamus Coleman, Ashley Williams and Bryan Oviedo all starting, though he could bring Phil Jagielka back in for Ramiro Funes Mori.
The England international has more experience and may be drafted back into the starting line-up in an attempt to thwart the attacking talents of Eden Hazard and Diego Costa.
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Cleverley is likely to come in for Gueye as he serves his one-match ban, sitting in midfield alongside Barry and Roos Barkley, who scored against West Ham.
Romelu Lukaku will almost definitely start up front after getting his name on the scoresheet against West Ham for his seventh league goal of the season.
Kevin Mirallas and Yannick Bolasie are also likely to keep their places in the starting XI after producing strong performances against the Hammers.
In other Everton news, Arsenal legend Martin Keown has lashed out at Koeman’s management of this midfielder.