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John Stones
The focus will be on John Stones when Chelsea travel to Everton for the Saturday lunch time kick-off.Getty

Chelsea travel to Goodison Park on Saturday, 12 September, to take on Everton in the Premier League.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 12.45pm BST. Live coverage is on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport 1HD. Catch the highlights of the game on Match of the Day on BBC One and BBC One HD at 10:20pm BST.

Overview

Chelsea travel to Goodison Park to take on Everton, a match that has as much significance off the pitch as it has on it. The two clubs share a prickly relationship following the Blues' public pursuit of Toffees defender John Stones during the summer. But the Mersey side club refused to budge.

The Blues have endured a rocky start to the campaign with two losses, one draw and a win from their first four games. They are currently eight points behind league leaders Manchester City. Jose Mourinho will hope that his team can pull out of the rut and get back to winning ways.

The reigning Premier League champions suffered a huge blow on Wednesday (9 September) when Thibaut Courtois was ruled out for a long time after picking up a knee injury, which requires surgery. This gives Asmir Begovic a chance to impress and stake his claim to the number one role on a more permanent basis.

Everton, who have had a comparatively better start, are one point ahead of the Blues, and will be hoping to pile on the misery on Mourinho, who looks to be on edge following troubles on and off the pitch.

Roberto Martinez has taken a calm approach over Chelsea's pursuit of Stones and is confident that his defender can put it behind him and concentrate on consolidating their good start with a morale-boosting win over the champions.

What Managers Say

Roberto Martinez [on John Stones' focus]: "John has been performing at a very good level and gone from strength to strength in a period of high pressure. He's taken the support of us all and performed with great composure and maturity. Then you see how he performs for England in such a natural manner and that's a sign of the player we have."

Jose Mourinho [on start to the season]: "I'm not happy — and I'm happy that I'm not happy. The moment I'm happy losing matches, then I've changed a lot. And I don't want to change. I'm not happy but I work harder than ever. I'm optimistic, I trust the players. The players trust me, I know. We are going to leave this situation [behind], for sure."

Betting Odds (888Sport.com)

  • Everton to win: 37/13
  • Chelsea to win: 15/14
  • Draw: 28/11

Team News

Everton

Probable Lineup: Howard, Coleman, Stones, Jagielka, Funes Mori, McCarthy, Barry, Lennon, Barkley, Kone, Lukaku

Chelsea

Probable Lineup: Begovic, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Matic, Pedro, Hazard, Oscar, Costa.