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Roberto Martinez has confirmed he only has four absentees from his squad for the trip to Stamford Bridge.

The long-term injured trio of Bryan Oviedo, Darron Gibson and Arouna Kone and the ineligible Romelu Lukaku are the players unavailable to the Goodison boss for the clash with Chelsea.

Steven Naismith has been given the all-clear to figure in the squad after coming off injured against Swansea City in last week's FA Cup tie, whilst the manager also confirmed Lukaku has been training well and would have been in contention to figure this weekend had he not been unavailable to play against his parent club.

Martinez told evertonfc.com: "We have our three long-term absentees. Romelu Lukaku has shown good signs and is working well. Obviously, he can't play this weekend, but he is training well. Everyone is fit other than the three long-term absentees."

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Chelsea were without injured captain John Terry in their 2-0 FA Cup defeat at the Etihad Stadium last weekend.

The centre-half missed out with a gluteus muscle complaint, though manager Jose Mourinho said prior to the game that he was hopeful the former England man would make a full recovery within a week.

If Terry is absent again this Saturday, David Luiz or Branislav Ivanovic are likely to play alongside Gary Cahill at centre-back.

Consequently, that could also mean a switch to right-back for Cesar Azpilicueta and a return for Ashley Cole who has made just four appearances this calendar year.

Form

After ending their Old Trafford hoodoo in December, Everton travel to Stamford Bridge aiming to put another unwanted record to bed on Saturday lunchtime.

The Blues have not won any of their last 18 league games on Chelsea’s home patch, drawing nine and losing just as many.

Roberto Martinez travels to the capital having already got the better of counterpart Jose Mourinho in the corresponding meeting at Goodison earlier this season – one of three defeats the West Londoners have suffered on the road this season.

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But facing Chelsea at home is a completely different proposition to playing them away. In both spells under Mourinho, their Premier League record at Stamford Bridge reads: won 57, drawn 16, lost 0.

Chelsea are currently 11 games unbeaten in the Premier League, though last time out they were beaten 2-0 at Manchester City.

Everton got back to winning ways by beating Swansea 3-1 last Sunday after being edged out 1-0 the previous weekend on another trek to the capital at White Hart Lane.

The Toffees are now five points adrift of fifth-place Tottenham but have a game in hand over their London rivals following the postponement of the match against Crystal Palace.

Last Meeting

Everton 1-0 Chelsea – 14 September 2013

Roberto Martinez secured his first Premier League victory as Everton boss when the sides met last September at Goodison.

The Spaniard had opened his reign with successive draws against Norwich City, West Bromwich Albion and Cardiff City.

And his first three points arrived in fine style, with Naismith’s header in first-half stoppage time proving to be the difference.

The game is also best remembered for a stirring debut performance from Gareth Barry who produced a telling blocked clearance to deny Samuel Eto’o when the game was goalless.

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