Date: 12th September 2015 at 7:00am
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John Stones will line up for Everton on Saturday lunchtime against the team who tried so hard to sign him this summer.

Chelsea saw numerous bids rejected by a determined Everton in August, and as a result Stones will take his place alongside Phil Jagielka at the heart of the Toffees defence.

2nd August 2015 - Pre-Season Friendly - Everton v Villarreal - John Stones of Everton - Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

However, Roberto Martinez’s side will be without Tom Cleverley; the former Manchester United man is out for up to eight weeks with an ankle injury.

New signings Aaron Lennon, Ramiro Funes Mori and Leandro Rodriguez are available to make their debuts at Goodison Park on Saturday if they are called upon, and Everton will be looking to build on a start that has seen them take five points from four games.

The fixture list has not been too kind to the Toffees – they welcome the champions this weekend having already played Southampton, Manchester City and Tottenham – but they have won four of the last six games between these two at Goodison so will be confident they can upset the Blues again.

Chelsea have received a blow in the build-up to this match with the news that goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will be out for “quite a long time” as he needs knee surgery. Asmir Begovic will deputise between the sticks for the champions, who welcome back captain John Terry from his one-match ban.

Jose Mourinho’s men have made a sluggish start to the season, sitting in an unfamiliar 13th place with just four points from their opening four fixtures. Goodison Park has not been a happy hunting ground for the West Londoners in recent years – though they did record a remarkable 6-3 win there last season – and after a defeat to Crystal Palace last time out, they would have liked a more comfortable fixture to try and return to form.

Oscar remains absent for Chelsea, who already sit eight points adrift of early pace-setters Manchester City, and are searching for just their second league win of the season on Saturday. As an aside, if the Blues score twice they will bring up a century of league goals at Goodison Park.

League Position: Everton – 9th, 5pts; Chelsea – 13th, 4pts
Last Meeting: Chelsea 1-0 Everton – February 2, 2015
Form: Everton – DWLD; Chelsea – DLWL
Key Men:
Everton – Ross Barkley; Chelsea – Eden Hazard

16th August 2015 - Barclays Premier League - Manchester City v Chelsea - Eden Hazard of Chelsea - Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

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