Chelsea arguably had multiple bogey teams last season and Everton were undoubtably one of them.
The sides met three times during the 2015-16 campaign, with the Toffees beating Chelsea twice and drawing the other fixture.
Everton knocked Chelsea out of the FA Cup, but – despite taking four points of their West London opponents – they finished just behind them in the Premier League.
Chelsea ended last season in 10th place, with Everton 11th. And there is a similarly small gap between the two teams in the table going into tonight’s game – Chelsea started Saturday fourth, four points ahead of the Merseysiders in sixth.
Antonio Conte’s Chelsea will start the match as favourites with the bookmakers.
The team news is positive for Chelsea, who have just Cesc Fabregas and Kurt Zouma unavailable with respective thigh and knee injuries.
Everton have significantly more absentees, with Maarten Stekelenburg (foot), Matthew Pennington (hamstring), Leighton Baines (hamstring), Tyias Browning (knee), Darron Gibson (unspecified) and Muhamed Besic (knee) are all injured, while Idrissa Gueye is banned after picking up five yellow cards this season.