Significance of this game:
The result of this game could be a key factor as to who will lift the Premier League trophy at the end of the season, with Spurs just 4 points behind leaders Chelsea with just a few games to go.
With Spurs kicking off at the later time of 4:30pm in a huge North London derby against rivals Arsenal, the burden is on Chelsea to not slip up, with Spurs likely be extra motivated to capitalise on any points drop by the leaders.
In order to maintain this points cushion in the table, Conte’s side have to onerous task of grabbing all 3 points against an Everton side who have lost just once this season at Goodison Park, boast a run of 8 consecutive home wins and are looking to secure European football next season.
The Toffees have won 4 of their last 7 league games, picking up an admirable 14 points from a possible 21.
The Blues however top Everton having only slipped up against Mourinho’s Manchester United in the league, with a remarkable 18 points from 21, scoring 15 goals in the process.
The likes of Aaron Lennon, Seamus Coleman and Ramiro Funes Mori are all sidelined for the Toffees whilst Baines is expected to make his 350th appearance for the club.
Diego Costa and Eden Hazard are expected to lead Chelsea’s clinical attacking line with The Blues reporting a clean bill of health, giving Conte a full squad to select from.
Players to Watch:
Romelu Lukaku | Centre Forward (Everton) – The brute Belgium has been on fire all season and since the turn of the year is competing with Lionel Messi on Europeans goal-scoring charts. With 84 Premier League goals at only aged 23, all eyes will be on him and whether he can add to his tally and stop his former side from taking another step towards the title.
Eden Hazard | Winger/Inside Forward (Chelsea) – Blues fans and neutrals alike have once again been treated to performances comparable to his player of the year campaign in 2014/15. The tricky Belgium has now added goals to his game (15 in Premier League) and The Blues will be hoping he create something out of nothing if the game isn’t going there way.