Chelsea vs Everton LIVE: Team news, line-ups and more ahead of Premier League fixture tonight


Chelsea host Everton this evening in a crucial match for the Premier League’s top-four race.

Thomas Tuchel’s side currently sit fourth in the table but are only one point clear of Everton, who also boast a game in hand. West Ham are also within touching distance of the Blues, who know they cannot afford to drop points at Stamford Bridge. Tuchel has enjoyed a terrific start to his tenure in west London and the squad are in high spirits after defeating champions Liverpool last time out.

However, Everton come into the fixture in a fine vein of form themselves, with a famous Merseyside derby victory at Anfield followed by wins over Southampton and West Brom. Carlo Ancelotti is not only hoping to secure European football for next season, but wants to avenge the 4-0 defeat suffered on his return to Stamford Bridge last season. “We are better now. We have more knowledge and more belief in what we are doing,” the former Chelsea manager said. “We can compete against Chelsea. It will be difficult, we know, because they are a fantastic team, but we can compete.” Follow all the action live below:

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TUCHEL’S IMPACT

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RECENT FORM

Both teams will come into this game in optimistic fashion.

Under Tuchel, Chelsea are unbeaten in 10 across all competitions, while Ancelotti’s side have won three on the spin in the Premier League.

CHELSEA HOST EVERTON IN CRUCIAL TOP-FOUR CLASH

Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage as Chelsea welcome Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton to Stamford Bridge in a crucial clash in the top-four race. The Blues have enjoyed a terrific start under Thomas Tuchel but sit just one point clear of the Toffees, who also boast a game in hand.

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