Everton captain Seamus Coleman is out of the trip to Chelsea because of a muscle problemTEAM NEWS
Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic is definitely ruled out with an Achilles problem.
Willian is a doubt with a similar issue and could join the Blues’ lengthy absentee list, which also includes the suspended Jorginho.
Seamus Coleman will miss Everton’s next two matches with the muscle problem sustained in last Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United.
Defender Lucas Digne is fit again after his own muscle strain.
MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES
@Wilsonfooty: Carlo Ancelotti’s return to Stamford Bridge will stir some good memories, not least for Frank Lampard.
The Italian could count himself very unfortunate to be sacked by Chelsea back in 2011; since when the Blues have won eight trophies – as has Ancelotti.
Everton’s upturn has been palpable in the 11 league games in which Ancelotti has been in charge, so much so that a potential relegation battle has been turned into a pursuit for a European place.
Chelsea have won only one of their last six league matches and face almost certain elimination from the Champions League – Tuesday’s FA Cup win over Liverpool was much needed.
VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT
Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard on the likely reception for former Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti: “A very good one. He’s very well respected in-house and by the fans. He is a gentleman, a fantastic manager. It was a good season under him (in 2009-10).
“He’s a great man-manager. On a personal level, he’s great at striking up relationships. He’s good tactically and has a great manner. I keep in touch with him now and again.”
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti: “It will be an emotional moment for me. I have fantastic memories of the period I was there. I’m really excited to come back.”
I am going with Chelsea here. Most of their problems at home this season have come against lesser teams and I think they will be fully focused this time.