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EVERTON VS CHELSEA

Published:Friday | September 11, 2015 | 9:00 AM

EVERTON (4-2-3-1)

HOWARD, COLEMAN, STONES, JAGIELKA, RODRIGUEZ, McCARTHY, BARRY, LENNON, BARKLEY, MORI, LUKAKU

CHELSEA (4-2-3-1)

COSTA, HAZARD, WILLIAN, PEDRO, MATIC, FABREGAS, BABA, CAHILL, TERRY, IVANOVIC, COURTOIS

Defeat at Goodison Park will seriously weaken Chelsea's hold on the Barclays Premier League title. Already the Blues have lost two and drawn one of their four league games, as well as losing to Arsenal in the Community Shield.

Indeed, their four-point tally is the second lowest at this stage of the Premier League by a reigning champions while Chelsea have conceded nine goals, their worst defensive record at this season since the 1971-72 campaign when they conceded 10, including two at Goodison Park.

If they do lose, their three defeats will equal the number of losses suffered throughout the whole of last season's championship-winning campaign.

Indeed, the most games lost by Premier League champions is seven and that was Blackburn Rovers in a 42-game season, during the 1994-95 campaign. Since the competition was reduced to 38 games, the average number of defeats has been 4.3, meaning Chelsea have little room to suffer more losses if they want to retain their title.

Everton have failed to score in their last two games in the league. When Chelsea visited last season they were 2-0 up after three minutes and went on to win 6-3 with Diego Costa scoring in the first and last minutes.