Two sides who have become draw specialists in recent weeks meet at Stamford Bridge this weekend, with both looking to mount a belated challenge for Europe if they can find some form.
Chelsea dropped more points in midweek as they were held to a 2-2 draw by West Brom, and the Blues remain languishing in 14th place going into the weekend.
The hosts are still undefeated under Guus Hiddink, but the performances are still not striking fear into opponents; Wednesday night was the seventh home match this season that Chelsea haven’t won and they have picked up just 15 points from an available 33 at what has been a fortress in previous years.
Fans of the West London outfit have also become accustomed to seeing their side throw away leads; their tally of 12 points dropped from winning positions is the joint-highest in the Premier League.
Everton travel to the capital looking for their first league double over Chelsea since the 1978/79 season, and their first win at Stamford Bridge since November 1994, when Paul Rideout got the only goal.
The Toffees have lost just once on the road this season, but have drawn six of their ten away games including Wednesday’s goalless draw at Manchester City; turning those draws into wins will be crucial if Roberto Martinez’s side are to claw their way up the table in the second half of the season.
Saturday marks Martinez’s 250th match as a Premier League manager, and he goes into it looking to avoid bringing up a century of defeats. His full record so far is won 77, drawn 73 and lost 99.
Eden Hazard and Radamel Falcao continue their spells on the sidelines for the champions, who could choose to replace Pedro with Kenedy after the Spaniard’s disappointing display against the Baggies.
For the visitors, Tom Cleverley is rated as 50/50, whilst Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy and Steven Naismith – who scored a hat-trick in Everton’s 3-1 win against Chelsea in September – all miss out.
League Position: Chelsea – 14th (24 pts); Everton – 11th (29 pts)
Last Meeting: Everton 3-1 Chelsea (September 12, 2015)
Form: Chelsea – LWDDWD; Everton – DLWLDD
Key Players: Chelsea – Diego Costa; Everton – Ross Barkley
Shoot Says: Chelsea 1-1 Everton