Everton v Chelsea

Everton will be expecting a strong backlash from Chelsea when they welcome the Blues to Goodison Park in the Premier League on Saturday.

The reigning champions have endured a difficult start to the new season and are languishing in 13th position with just four points from their opening four games.

Chelsea opened the season with a disappointing 2-2 draw at home against Swansea before being thrashed 3-0 by title rivals Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

The most disheartening result of them all, however, came just before the international break when London club went down 2-1 to Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.

However, far from looking forward to the possibility of beating Chelsea for the first time since 2013, Toffees manager Roberto Martinez is wary of the wounded beast that awaits them this weekend.

"They haven't reached that winning momentum of last season," Martinez said. "That's obvious. You can have the same players, way of playing and quality but you need that momentum and that comes with results.

"I very much expect a strong Chelsea team with right approach, hitting the heights they hit last season when they won the league comfortably. We need to make sure they don't develop momentum against us."

Tom Cleverly, Leighton Baines, Darren Gibson (all ankle) and Steven Pienaar (hamstring) all remain long-term absentees for the Toffees, while Bryan Oviedo could make his return from a knee injury but remains a doubt.

First choice goalkeeper Thibault Courtois has been ruled out for "quite a long time" after manager Jose Mourinho revealed on Friday he needed to undergo surgery on his knee and will be replaced by Asmir Begovic.

Oscar is also unlikely to feature as he continues his recovery from a muscle strain.

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