Date: 22nd December 2017 at 10:46am
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Chelsea start their hectic festive campaign with an away fixture against Everton this Saturday.

In what seems to be becoming a common trend, it`s a 12:30 lunch-time kick off for Chelsea at Goodison Park.

Ahead of the fixture, we`ve cobbled together some early team-news.

Starting with our hosts Everton:

Since Sam Allardyce took over the managerial hot-seat, Everton`s form has improved dramatically.

For this fixture Allardyce may be able to call upon the services of Yannick Bolasie, who is now ready to make a return after almost a year out injured.

However, Everton`s dead-ball specialist, Leighton Baines, isn`t available, due to an injury.

Continuing with Chelsea:

Antonio Conte will have to do without the services of Alvaro Morata. The Spaniard picked up his fifth yellow card of the season celebrating his winning goal against Bournemouth, in the league Cup, on Wednesday night.

As for who fills in for missing Morata, it remains to be see whether Conte will put Hazard in a central striking position or give Michy Batshuayi a chance to shine, something, regrettably, he failed to do in the League Cup game against Bournemouth in midweek.

 
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