Everton and Chelsea have served up a good deal of compelling Goodison Park Premier League encounters and it is the Blues who have edged this particular duel over the past decade.
Everton have won five and drawn two of their 10 most recent home top-flight meetings with the capital club.
When the sides met in September 2015 Chelsea rolled up in L4 as reigning champions – and Steven Naismith, scorer of the only goal in the fixture two years previously, prepared to watch the action unfold from the bench.
The evening's dynamic was altered by an injury to Everton midfielder Muhamed Besic, which led to a ninth minute summons for forward Naismith.
He needed only eight minutes to steer Everton on course to victory, the former Rangers player directing a Brendan Galloway cross beyond goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
Naismith thrashed in a second on 22 minutes and – after Nemanja Matic struck from distance to haul Chelsea back into the contest – Scotland international Naismith administered the conclusive blow with eight minutes remaining to become only the sixth player to net a Premier League hat-trick from the bench.
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