Everton vs Chelsea, Premier League: what time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what are the odds?

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What is it?

A wonderful Premier League match between two teams that love the colour blue. Yes, it's Everton vs Chelsea.

When is it?

This coming Sunday, 30 April 2017.

What time is kick-off?

Football begins at exactly 14.05.

What TV channel is it on?

Sky Sports 1, HD and UHD. But never mind about any of that, you can follow the game live here with Rob Bagchi.

What is the team news?

Everton have Enner Valencia available after the striker was ineligible to face parent club West Ham last week.

None of the side's injured players are ready to return, however.

Midfielder Muhamed Besic is building up his fitness after a year out with a serious knee injury but James McCarthy (hamstring), Ramiro Funes Mori, Yannick Bolasie (both knee), Seamus Coleman (broken leg) and Aaron Lennon all remain sidelined.

Provisional Everton squad: Robles, Holgate, Williams, Jagielka, Baines, Schneiderlin, Gueye, Barkley, Davies, Mirallas, Lukaku, Stekelenburg, Pennington, Kenny, Barry, Williams, Calvert-Lewin, Lookman, Kone, Valencia.

Everton team picker

Antonio Conte can pick from a full strength Chelsea squad for Sunday's game.

The Chelsea manager is expected to continue with his tried and tested regulars as his side edge ever close to the Premier League title.

That means Eden Hazard and Diego Costa should lead Chelsea's challenge at Goodison Park.

Provisional Chelsea squad: Courtois, Begovic, Fabregas, Zouma, Alonso, Kante, Hazard, Loftus-Cheek, Moses, Pedro, Costa, Matic, Willian, Batshuayi, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Chalobah, Luiz, Eduardo, Aina, Ake.

Chelsea team picker

What are they saying?

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed he was paying close attention to Everton striker Romelu Lukaku this week but with a view to stopping him scoring against Chelsea on Sunday rather than signing him in the summer.

Premier League leaders Chelsea have been repeatedly linked with the Belgian they sold to Everton for £28million as a possible replacement for Diego Costa, who has admirers in China.

Lukaku is the league's top scorer, with 24 goals to Costa's 19, and will provide Everton's main threat as Chelsea seek to extend their four-point lead over second-placed Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park.

"I think he is a really good player and is scoring a lot of goals in this season, not only this season, we must pay great attention," Conte told reporters on Friday.

"But it is the same, to find the right solution to stop them. We must find the right solution to stop Lukaku and all the other players."

Asked which striker he would prefer in his team, Conte said: "For me, my players are the best in the world. I don't change them with others."

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A win for Chelsea would confirm qualification for next season's Champions League in a game being billed as their last serious hurdle to winning the title, with only Middlesbrough, West Bromwich Albion, Watford and Sunderland to overcome.

But Conte was keen not to look beyond Sunday, highlighting the need for his team to keep a clean sheet after conceding in their past 11 games, including Tuesday's 4-2 win over Southampton.

"It's important to improve, to work on the situations we're conceding the goals. We are working on it. Everton are a really good team, a strong team, with great players in their squad and a physical team," said Conte.

"When we started this season, our first target was to play in the Champions League next season. It's an important target for the club, for the fans, for the players. But, for sure, now we stay in a position to try also to win the league."

Conte got an early sight of silverware this week when he sat beside Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to watch the club's under-18 team beat Manchester City 6-2 on aggregate, going into the dressing room afterwards to congratulate the youngsters.

"The work in the academy is very important to Chelsea," he said. "In this team I saw four, five players with good prospects."

What are the odds?

Everton: 29/10
Chelsea: 11/10
Draw: 27/10

What's our prediction?

We'll hand over to Merseyside football authority Chris Bascombe:

Everton will be feeling the love from White Hart Lane as they seek the win over Chelsea that could shift the momentum to Spurs. For Chelsea, a quick scan through their remaining games makes this fixture – potentially – a title decider. Victory at Goodison would surely seal the Premier League for Antonio Conte. But could fate have a say? At least two ex-Chelsea managers lost their job after a loss at Everton. Nothing so dramatic awaits a Conte defeat here, but there is enough dark recent history here to worry the Londoners.

Predicted score: Everton 2 Chelsea 1

 

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