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Everton vs Chelsea LIVE: Latest score, goals and highlights from Goodison Park

Everton vs Chelsea LIVE: Express Sport brings you the latest scores, goals and highlights from Goodison Park

WINTER BREAK?

11:50: Antonio Conte has continued his weekly protest about the lack of a winter break. He’s persistent, I’ll give him that.

This is Conte’s second season at Chelsea and, having experienced both a winter break in Italy and no hiatus here, he called for a re-think to aid English teams’ Champions League chances.

“If I must be honest, I think that it’s right to play during the Christmas period but, at the same time, after the Christmas period you must have a break,” Conte said.

“From November, you play every three days until the end of January. Especially if you go through in all the competitions. In February, when the Champions League restarts, you arrive very tired.

“The players need a bit of time to recover. One week to recover, and then restart. You have to try to put every team in the best situation to be competitive in all competitions.”

I’m a big fan of the doing better in Europe part, but I’m fully against having to talk to your family because there’s no football on TV…

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Everton vs Chelsea LIVE: Latest score, goals and highlights from Goodison Park

TEAM NEWS – CHELSEA

11:45: What does Michy Batshuayi have to do to start!? He’s left on the bench by Antonio Conte despite Alvaro Morata’s suspension.

Just the one change for Chelsea from the win over Southampton. Antonio Rudiger replaces Gary Cahill.

TEAM NEWS – EVERTON

11:40: Right, let’s start with Sam Allardyce’s side. Everton have made three enforced changes from the team who beat Swansea 3-1 on Monday night.

Wayne Rooney has failed to recover from a bout of flu and sits this one out with Tom Davies stepping into the side.

Mason Holgate (ill) and Ashley Williams (ill) drop to the bench as Michael Keane and Phil Jagielka are handed a recall.

Yannick Bolasie makes his long-awaited return from injury, and could make an impact from the bench.

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Everton vs Chelsea LIVE: Latest score, goals and highlights from Goodison Park

STAT OF THE DAY

11:35: Everton have lost their last three Premier League games against Chelsea by an aggregate score of 0-10, losing 2-0 in the reverse fixture in August this season.

EVERTON vs CHELSEA

11:30: Ouch! The flu has seen Wayne Rooney completely omitted from the matchday squad. Strong starting XI for the visitors with Eden Hazard in the ‘false 9’ role.

Everton XI: Pickford, Schneiderlin, Keane, Jagielka, Lennon, Martina, Gueye, Sigurdsson, Davies, Calvert-Lewin, Kenny.

Subs: Robles, Williams, Bolasie, Ramirez, Niasse, Holgate, Baningime.

Chelsea XI: Courtois, Rudiger, Alonso, Kante, Hazard, Pedro, Bakayoko, Moses, Willian, Christensen, Azpilicueta.

Subs: Caballero, Fabregas, Drinkwater, Zappacosta, Batshuayi, Cahill, Hudson-Odoi.

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Everton vs Chelsea LIVE: Latest score, goals and highlights from Goodison Park

MAN FLU: THE DEADLIEST VIRUS ON PLANET EARTH…

11:28: Some worrying news coming from the Everton camp. Apparently Wayne Rooney, Mason Holgate and Ashley Williams have been suffering with flu this week.

We’ll see if they’ve recovered in a few moments when the line-ups are released.

MORNING FOLKS

11:25: Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Everton vs Chelsea from Goodison Park.

With just 37 hours until Christmas Day, men across the nation can officially begin their shopping.

Good luck lads, Godspeed!

I’ll be here for you while you whizz around the shops looking for an over-priced candle for mum, or bath salts that are more likely to decompose before being used.

Enough of my rambling, let’s get going!

EVERTON vs CHELSEA – PREVIEW

Yannick Bolasie is poised to return to the Everton squad for the first time in more than a year for today’s clash with Chelsea.

Toffees boss Sam Allardyce plans to put Bolasie on the bench and hopefully give him a run-out after the winger finally recovered from his knee injury.

James McCarthy and Ross Barkley are nearing comebacks and could be available in the new year.

Striker Alvaro Morata is suspended but left wing-back Marcos Alonso is back from a ban.

Morata’s absence, for a fifth booking of the season, means Eden Hazard is likely to be deployed as a ‘false nine’.

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte, who is still without Charly Musonda (groin) and David Luiz (knee), is likely to revert to his first-choice line-up after making eight changes against Bournemouth on Wednesday.

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