Everton vs Chelsea team news: Antonio Conte names strong XI as Romelu Lukaku starts for Toffees

Tom Doyle

Antonio Conte has selected his strongest possible defensive starting line-up for Chelsea's crucial Premier League clash at Everton.

Cesc Fabregas has to settle for a place on the bench as Nemanja Matic partners N'Golo Kante in midfield, while Willian is also among the substitutes once again - as he was against Southampton - despite starring in the FA Cup semi-final win against Tottenham.

Chelsea target and Golden Boot leader Romelu Lukaku leads the line for Everton at Goodison Park, with Tottenham target Ross Barkley in support.

Chelsea XI: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard
Subs: Begovic, Zouma, Ake, Chalobah, Fabregas, Willian, Batshuayi

Everton XI: Stekelenburg, Baines, Jagielka, Williams, Holgate, Gana, Davies, Barkley, Calvert-Lewin, Valencia, Lukaku
Subs: Joel, Kone, Mirallas, Barry Lookman, Pennington, Kenny

It initially appeared as if Chelsea had turned back time to the days of Petr Cech, with the now-Arsenal goalkeeper initially appearing in the Blues' starting XI on Twitter before swiftly disappearing...

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