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Blues Make Three Changes

Howard, Osman and Naismith in, Traore injured in warm up.

Blues Make Three Changes
Roberto Martinez has made three changes to his side for Saturday's game at Chelsea.

Tim Howard, Leon Osman and Steven Naismith are the trio to come in, the latter after Lacina Traore reported a hamstring complaint during the warm up.

With Romelu Lukaku ineligible to face his parent club, the Ivorian had been handed the lone frontman role in Martinez' s original Everton XI.

Howard's backline is comprised of Leighton Baines, Sylvain Distin, captain Phil Jagielka and Seamus Coleman.

Osman is joined in midfield by James McCarthy, Steven Pienaar, Kevin Mirallas and Gareth Barry, who made his Blues bow in the home clash with Chelsea in September. Naismith plays as the furthest man forward.

A strong bench provides Martinez with a number of attacking options, including Gerard Deulofeu, Aiden McGeady and Ross Barkley.

Everton (to face Chelsea): Howard, Baines, Distin, Jagielka (c), Coleman, Barry, McCarthy, Pienaar, Osman, Mirallas, Traore. Subs: Robles, Hibbert, McGeady, Deulofeu, Naismith, Barkley, Stones.

Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Terry (c), Cahill, Ivanovic, Matic, Lampard, Oscar, Willian, Hazard, Eto'o. Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, Ramires, Torres, Schurrle, Salah, Ba. 

Maurice Reidgutted

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