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Everton vs Chelsea: Predicted line-ups

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Everton vs Chelsea - Goodison Park 

Kick-off: Saturday 5.35pm - Sky Sports 1 

Chelsea will go in search of a third straight Premier League victory this season as they travel to Goodison Park tomorrow afternoon. 

Blues boss Jose Mourinho will be on the lookout for revenge after he watched his side suffer a 1-0 defeat to the Toffees in the early stages of the last campaign.

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Costa boost 

After it was initially expected that Spanish striker Diego Costa was going to be out of action for the long term, it now appears that he could feature against Everton tomorrow. Blues fans will certainly be hoping that he takes to the field at Goodison Park after his fine start to the season which has seen him score in the club's opening two Premier League fixtures. 

If Costa does start, then he will have an array of talent backing him up, with the likes of Eden Hazard, Willian, Oscar, Andre Schurrle and Co. all hoping for a place in Mourinho's starting XI. 

Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas should partner each other in the middle of the park, whilst Filipe Luis will be hoping to feature at the back, but may have to settle for a place on the bench. Thibaut Courtois, meanwhile, may once again get the nod ahead of veteran Petr Cech in goal. 

Will Lukaku start? 

Everton have a number of injuries heading into the game with the likes of Ross Barkley, Steven Pienaar and Co. out on the sidelines, but all eyes will be on Romelu Lukaku who is a slight doubt to take on his former side. 

The Belgian, who completed his permanent switch in a big money move to the Toffees earlier on in this transfer window, will be desperate to get one over on his former boss, but will have to be assessed before the clash. 

Samuel Eto'o, who also left Stamford Bridge behind for Goodison Park, will be hoping to make his debut for the club, but is also an injury doubt. The likes of Kevin Mirallas, Gareth Barry and Co. should all start in midfield, with Everton's experienced back-five - including Tim Howard - looking to keep Hazard and Co. at bay. 

Everton: Howard; Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; Barry, McCarthy; Mirallas, Naismith, Osman; Lukaku

Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Hazard, Oscar, Willian; Costa 

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