Last Updated: 30/12/12 3:25pm
Torres has the chance to finish it but he dallies over the shot and Distin does brilliantly to block his effort.
Mata crossed for Hazard at the far post and his knockdown eventually found the Spaniard who drilled in a shot that Howard saved. But only as far as Lampard who shovelled the ball into the net from close range.
Heitinga lofts a ball forward and Everton's forwards are in behind the defence but the ball doesn't fall nicely for Naismith and Turnbull claims.
The ball is hooked into the box and Turnbull backtracks but just keeps the ball out despite his body being behind the line.
Hitzlsperger with a threaded pass through to Jelavic but the forward is ruled offside. At the other end, Luiz spoons an effort over the bar.
But that's better from Torres. His back-flick finds Mata in space and then Hazard's flick finds Torres again but his shot - from an offside position - is well saved by Howard.
Osman gives the ball away on the edge of his own area and then Luiz plays a delicious looking chip over the back line but Torres' control lets him down and the chance is gone.
Everton have the chance to cross from a dangerous position but Pienaar chooses the wrong option. Then Luiz has the opportunity to break but his pass drifts out of play. Even game now.
Baines' injury is an unpleasant one. His shirt is ripped and he has a bloodied back so is off the field receiving treatment with Hitzlsperger charged with taking the free-kick that comes to nothing.
Driving run from Anichebe and he goes down in the box to howls from the home crowd but nothing is given. Looked a tumble.
Half Time. Referee Howard Webb blows the whistle to bring a pulsating first half to a close. Everton hit Chelsea hard early on but the visitors showed good character to claw their way back into the contest.
Ramires crosses from the right and Lampard finds space to head neatly into the bottom corner of the net.
Lampard fires in a free-kick and the ball falls for Torres inside the area but his left-footed shot is deflected wide.
Everton break through Pienaar who does brilliantly to deceive Luiz and then sets Jelavic away. Cech produces a finger-tip save to deny the forward.
Cole nearly gets on the end of a ball that fizzes across the Everton area. Signs of encouragement for Chelsea.
Jelavic lays the ball off to Anichebe but the forward gets his left-footed cross all wrong and it sails over the bar.
First period of concerted pressure from the visitors. Questions whether Everton can keep up this level of harrying until the interval.
Chance for Chelsea! Ramires with a powerful run and the ball dropped nicely for Mata inside the box but Howard was able to save with his legs.
Chelsea try to pass their way out from the back but concede a throw-in high up the field. Everton use it well to engineer space down the right and when the ball comes out to Osman he hits a fine shot that Cech does well to get down low to save.
The boot is on the other foot briefly as Osman and Anichebe are both dispossessed in quick succession but it comes to nothing. Chelsea just don't have time to play at the moment - it's all so rushed.
First effort from Chelsea but it's a wild one as Ramires takes a swing with his left foot and skews the ball well wide.
Prolonged build-up play by Everton on the left and when Pienaar swings in a cross, Cech and Jelavic both go up for the ball and miss it with a goal-kick the result.
Mata attempts a threaded pass to Torres but Distin is up to the challenge and gets ahead of the Chelsea man, forcing him to concede a foul.
Luiz tries to find Torres over the top but the forward gets crowded out. Torres has barely had a kick so far.
Better attacking play from Chelsea as Mata and Hazard get on the ball but the move breaks down when Ramires miscontrols.
Wonderful play from Osman but Pienaar sees his cross cut out. Everton have a corner... and then another in quick succession.
Chelsea have their first attack of the game but the home side are defending well and the move breaks down.
Everton continuing to press as Baines puts in another cross that Anichebe flicks on but Jelavic cannot reach.
Pienaar started and finished the move. He put Jagielka away down the right and the skipper's cross found the head of Anichebe at the far post. His header came back off the post but there was that man Pienaar to fire home the rebound.
Thanks for all your feedback. Plenty of anticipation ahead of this one. Sorry I couldn't use all of your emails and Tweets but we're about to get underway.
"This is Stewart MacLaren from a bright & breezy Torrevieja in Spain saying that Everton will beat Chelsea 2-1 at Goodison Park this afternoon with good goals from Leon Osman & Nikica Jelavic."
Jack: "I'm a Chelsea fan and admit today is going to be hard for us but Everton without Fellaini is going to make the difference today, I predict 3 - 1 Chelsea. Torres with a brace!"
Plenty of people tipping Chelsea to just sneak the win here and Rafa Benitez does seem to have hit upon the right formula of late. David Moyes has had to juggle his team selection and is without key players. But perhaps it's an opportunity for the likes of Thomas Hitzlsperger to show they should be playing more regularly.
Lee: "Today will be a tough test for Chelsea but I think they will edge it 2-1. Great to see Lampard in the team."
John: "I agree with you when you said you think this will be a hard fought game but as a Chelsea fan who has seen a huge improvement from the team in recent matches, I reckon that they will just edge it or should I say I'm hoping they will. Fellaini missing is a huge plus for Chelsea and I'm hoping that Luiz can boss the midfield in his absence. If we can control midfield then I expect Mata to work his magic again today to help get us all 3 points. Should be a cracking game though."
Lewis: "I am a Chelsea fan and this is one of the games I haven't been looking forward to, because the form Everton have been in. But their star man is suspended, so that gives us hope. I didn't see us losing this anyway, but Everton will put up a good test. Baines and Pienaar the danger men. Chelsea to win 3-1. Mata, Torres and Piazon to come off the bench to score for Chelsea, Jelavic for Everton. Come on you Blues!"
Kenny: "As a Chelsea fan I think we are in for a tough one today. Hopefully scrape a draw 1-1 or 1-0 but Everton are a good side so wouldn't be surprised to lose!"
But Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez has won five and drawn one of his last six Premier League meetings with Everton.
Omar: "We will end that unbeaten streak because we are the Blues and we are European champions. Chelsea 2 Toffees 1."
Sean: "Can't see Chelsea dropping points here although Everton will provide a sturdy test. I'm going for 3-2 Chelsea."
But they have conceded in each of their last 14 Premier League games, also the longest run in the Premier League this season.
Everton have also scored in each of their last 16 Premier League games; the longest-such run seen in the competition this season.
Everton are one of only two teams with an unbeaten home record in the Premier League this season (along with Stoke).
Connor: "How people can say Chelsea are out of the title race is beyond me. I feel Chelsea's midfield is going to be key in the game today."
Everton: Howard, Jagielka, Baines, Heitinga, Distin, Naismith, Pienaar, Hitzlsperger, Osman, Jelavic, Anichebe.
Nigel from Australia says: "I'm a crazy Liverpool fan so I'm not too sure who to go for here. Leaning towards Chelsea simply because Everton are without Fellaini!! 2-1 Chelsea!! Hopefully Torres can keep up his good form, even though most Liverpool fans despise him, he is a superstar! Wouldn't mind him back on Merseyside!"
Luke on Twitter: "Cannot see Chelsea getting a win today, especially with Everton having the home advantage. 3-2 to Everton!"
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Our friends at Sky Bet have the odds for this one. Chelsea are the 11/8 favourites with Everton the 15/8 underdogs. The draw is available at 12/5.
Chelsea will go back to third if they can avoid defeat while Everton will leapfrog their visitors with three points here.
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