MATCH PREVIEW: EVERTON VS CHELSEA

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Kick Off: Sunday, April 30, 2017. 13:05 GMT

Venue: Goodison Park

It’s Match Day 34 for the Blues and another important and yet tricky game for Chelsea in our quest for Premier League glory.

Chelsea are top of the table and four points ahead of Tottenham in second position. Chelsea have 78 points from 33 games, while Everton have 58 points from 34 games.

Chelsea won their last league game against Southampton and the Blues have won four of their last six matches. For Everton, it’s been three wins, two draws and one loss in their last six games.

In the last six meetings between the two teams in all competitions, Chelsea have won three, lost two and drawn one – the most recent loss to Everton was the 2-0 FA Cup defeat last season that ensured Romelu Lukaku bagged a brace against his former side.

Everton vs Chelsea is almost always a difficult fixture, but the Blues gave Ronald Koeman and his men something to think about with a 5-0 trashing at Stamford Bridge earlier this season.

Chelsea have lost six of their last 10 away matches against Everton in all competitions, including defeats at Goodison Park in both the league and FA Cup last season.

However, Everton have only beaten Chelsea in five of their 32 Premier League meetings over the last 16 years (D10, L17).

Everton have been in good form at home and have lost just once at Goodison Park all season, winning 12 of their 17 league fixtures. They have also won their last eight games at Goodison Park.

Romelu Lukaku is the dangerman for Everton and is the first Everton player to score in nine successive home fixtures since Dixie Dean in 1934. However, besides his brace in the FA Cup quarterfinals against Chelsea last season, the 23-year-old has failed to score in all five of his previous outings against former club Chelsea in the Premier League.

Whereas Diego Costa has scored four goals and set up two in four Premier League appearances against Everton.

My Prediction: Another difficult game and Chelsea will do well to win by a slim margin. Everton 1 vs 2 Chelsea

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Chelsea is more than just a football club to me; it's a passion I share, and my affinity with the Chelsea badge is one that will last forever. As far as watching my favourite team is concerned, I'd rather miss a meal than miss a Chelsea game.