Chelsea v Everton preview
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
With next week's UEFA Champions League semi-final against Monaco weighing heavy on his thinking, Ranieri could rest several key players.
France international Claude Makelele missed the Monday defeat to Aston Villa and could again be sidelined on Saturday.
Juan Sebastian Veron's chances of sharpening his match fitness were dealt a blow when he tweaked a thigh muscle in the warm-up at Villa Park and he is a doubt.
Joe Cole and Celestine Babayaro are pressing for a return to the starting line-up while Hernan Crespo and Adrian Mutu could again form the strike pairing.
The Blues have won their last four Premiership meetings against Everton and need to lift themselves out of their mini-slump in the league as they are being pressed hard for second spot by Manchester United.
Everton travel to the capital without an away victory since they beat Portsmouth 2-1 at Fratton Park in mid-December.
Wayne Rooney scored the winner that day but he is among a number of injury concerns for Toffees boss David Moyes.
The England ace suffered a back injury in the midweek draw against Leeds but is optimistic of being fit, along with Kevin Campbell, who missed the Easter programme with a stomach upset.
Tobias Linderoth and Gary Naysmith picked up knee and thigh knocks at Leeds but should be fit along with David Unsworth and Steve Watson.
Alan Stubbs is making steady progress from a groin injury but may not be risked at Stamford Bridge while Chinese midfielder Li Tie is sidelined.
Duncan Ferguson is suspended for the visitors but David Weir and Peter Clarke are available for selection after serving bans.
|Attacking|| || |
|Ave Goals per game||1.82||1.27|
|Goals to Shots %||14%||11%|
|Passes|| || |
|Pass Completion %||80%||70%|
|Defending|| || |
|Tackle Success Rate %||74%||69%|
|Ave goals conceded per game||0.82||1.42|
|Discipline|| || |