Everton vs. Chelsea: Premier League Preview, Team News, Projected Lineups

Thomas AtzenhofferCorrespondent IIDecember 29, 2012

Chelsea defender David Luiz
Chelsea defender David LuizJamie McDonald/Getty Images

Chelsea travel to Everton this coming Sunday afternoon in a battle of top-four clubs in the English Premier League. The Toffees have been in fine form all season, whereas Chelsea have been up and down but are now finding their feet under the leadership of Rafael Benitez.

The new Chelsea boss was met with much fan opposition, but after a solid run of results, including their 8-0 destruction of Aston Villa last weekend, the Blues faithful are slowly starting to have faith in Benitez.

David Moyes has his Everton side playing some of the best football that has graced Goodison Park for the last decade of his leadership and they have a strong chance of finishing in the top four if they continue their strong performances in the league.

Both clubs have been on a tear over their last six games with Everton unbeaten in that time in the English Premier League; Chelsea have six victories from their last seven across all competitions.

One of the best non-derby longstanding matchups this weekend is likely to see an entertaining contest of two potential European contenders for next season.

According to Physio Room, both sides have several players looking to return to at least training or the bench this weekend. Everton should welcome back Darron Gibson and Seamus Coleman while Chelsea are expected to see the returns of Ramires, John Obi Mikel and Ryan Bertrand.


Projected Lineups

Everton: Tim Howard: Seamus Coleman, Phil Jagielka, Sylvain Distin, Leighton Baines; Phil Neville, Thomas Hitzelsperger, Leon Osman, Steven Pienaar; Victor Anichebe, Nikica Jelavic

Chelsea: Petr Cech: Cesar Azpilicueta, Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole: David Luiz, Frank Lampard; Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Victor Moses; Fernando Torres