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Benitez: Working his magic

Benitez: Working his magic

Chelsea will be looking to make it three Premier League wins on the trot when they travel to Goodison Park to face Everton on Sunday afternoon.


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The Blues have been in deadly form since returning from their Club World Cup final defeat to Corinthians, seeing off Leeds United 5-1 in the Capital One Cup quarter-finals before smashing eight unanswered goals past Aston Villa and then seeing off Norwich on Boxing Day.

Those league results have seen Rafael Benitez's side climb to fourth in the standings, with Tottenham having won against Sunderland on Saturday

The Toffees, though, will prove no pushovers, with David Moyes' men already dreaming of a top-four finish this season and currently seated sixth.

The Merseysiders have also lost just one of their last 16 top-flight matches, although only five of those have ended in victory.

On the team front, the Toffees will hand a late fitness test to Darron Gibson (thigh), who is eligible after his red card against West Ham was overturned.

Seamus Coleman is set to return from injury while Marouane Fellaini completes the last of his three-match ban, while Tony Hibbert (hamstring) and striker Kevin Mirallas (calf) are out injured.

For the Blues, John Obi Mikel is unlikely to play due to a knock, while Ryan Bertrand (groin) is also a big doubt.

Ramires has recovered from a knee strain and should return, but John Terry remains out with knee trouble.

Posted: 29/12/12 20:58

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