Team news Everton caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson has to contend with the same injury problems faced by the sacked Marco Silva as he seeks to halt their slump against Chelsea at Goodison Park.
Seamus Coleman (rib) and Fabian Delph (hamstring) are still sidelined. There is also a doubt over Yerry Mina who limped away from Anfield after the Merseyside derby defeat which cost Silva his job
Tammy Abraham should shake off a knock to feature for Chelsea. The in-form England striker limped out of the closing stages of Wednesday's 2-1 home league win over Aston Villa, but is expected to be ready to take on the Toffees.
Ross Barkley is back in contention after illness, while the Everton clash comes just too soon for Antonio Rudiger who continues to inch back to match fitness after a pelvic problem.
Opta stats Everton won this exact fixture 2-0 back in March, and are looking to secure consecutive league wins against Chelsea for the first time since November 1994. Chelsea have failed to score in their last three Premier League games against Everton (D2 L1) - they've never gone four consecutive games without a goal against an opponent in the competition, last doing so in the top-flight against Bolton (1958-1960). Everton have won six of their last 10 home league games against Chelsea (D1 L3) - more than they had in their previous 24 against them at Goodison Park in the top-flight (W5 D10 L9). After a run of six consecutive clean sheets at Goodison Park in the Premier League, Everton have recorded just one shutout in their last six at home in the competition, conceding at least twice in four of those games. Everton will play a Premier League match in December starting the day in the relegation zone for the first time since December 2003, when they drew 0-0 with Manchester City. Chelsea have scored 19 goals in their seven away league games this season - they've never scored more after seven games on the road in a single league campaign (level with 1966-67 and 2008-09). The Blues are averaging 6.7 shots on target per away game this season, their highest in a Premier League campaign since at least 2003-04. Against no side has Everton's Gylfi Sigurdsson scored more Premier League goals than he has against Chelsea (5). Chelsea's Christian Pulisic has been directly involved in six goals in his last five Premier League away games, scoring four and assisting two
Duncan Ferguson said it will be an "incredibly proud moment" for him when he takes charge of Everton for their Premier League clash with Chelsea on Saturday.
The 47-year-old Scot has been appointed caretaker manager after Marco Silva was sacked on Thursday following eight defeats in their last 11 games, including Wednesday's humiliating 5-2 thrashing by Liverpool in the Merseyside derby.
Ferguson, who has been on the club's first-team coaching staff for five years, takes Everton to Stamford Bridge with them languishing in the relegation zone and seeking their fifth full-time manager since 2016.
"It'll be an incredibly proud moment for me to manage the team tomorrow," said former striker Ferguson, who enjoyed two spells as an Everton player, at his pre-match press conference.
"I'm nervous, excited, emotional. Everyone knows what the club means to me.
"It's a difficult task because there's such a short window (between his appointment and the match).
"But we will lift the players and make sure they know what it means to play for this club."
Ferguson, who revealed regulars Fabian Delph and Seamus Coleman were still not ready to return, said he had ambitions to become a manager on a permanent basis but now was not the time to address that issue.
"Of course, it's a dream of mine to be a manager -- but I'm a coach at the moment," he said.
"I'm realistic and I'm not thinking about it (full-time). I'm a loyal guy and I'd love to stay here to work with the new manager."
Everton caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson is hopeful Yerry Mina will be fit to face Chelsea at Goodison Park on Saturday but revealed the defender is a doubt for the clash.
Centre-back Mina was limping towards the end of Everton's defeat at Liverpool on Wednesday night but trained at USM Finch Farm on Friday.
The Colombia international, who has made 16 appearances for the Blues this season, will now be assessed ahead of Saturday's 12.30pm kick-off to see if he can play a part against the Londoners.
Seamus Coleman and Fabian Delph will definitely miss the game against Frank Lampard's men as they continue to nurse rib and hamstring injuries respectively.
Coleman's rib problem will force him out for a third straight match, while Delph last featured in the 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison in early November.
Everton are also without long-term absentees Andre Gomes (knee) and Jean-Philippe Gbamin (quadriceps).
Ferguson spoke to the media at USM Finch Farm on Friday afternoon and, asked if he had any positive news about injured players returning to action, the Scot said: "[On] Seamus no, Delph no, long-term injuries no.
"Mina is being assessed, he's a doubt but he's done a wee bit of training this morning so we're confident."
Duncan Ferguson will manage Everton in Saturday’s meeting with Chelsea and the Club’s revered former striker is pictured on the cover of another exclusive-filled matchday programme.
Centre-back Yerry Mina is the subject of our centrepiece interview and we hear, too, from former Everton forward Niclas Alexandersson.
Mason Holgate and Dominic Calvert-Lewin team up to answer a series of questions, and you can read all the latest news from the Club’s Under-23 and Under-18 teams.
Everton Women's France international midfielder Maeva Clemaron talks about her side’s encouraging start to the WSL campaign.
No question over the headline act, though, former striker Ferguson, who is in temporary charge for this weekend’s meeting.
He writes stirringly in his programme notes about Goodison Park’s “special vibe” and the “privilege and responsibility” attached to managing Everton.
“I understand the depth of feeling you all have for Everton and I share every ounce of that passion,” writes Ferguson.
“For those reasons, I absolutely believe there is no greater privilege in the world than managing Everton Football Club.
“I make no secret of my affection for Goodison Park. When Evertonians have their blood up, encouraging the team and claiming every decision, it is the greatest place in the world to play your football.
“I swear I’ve been on the pitch and felt this place shake, sat in the dugout and experienced the same sensation.”
Colombian Mina delves into a host of subjects, explaining why he thanks God for the opportunity to represent Everton and the debt he owes the Club.
Alexandersson candidly admits his disappointment over being unable to shine at Goodison Park and charts a career filled with anecdotes and achievements.
Yorkshiremen Calvert-Lewin and Holgate both give reasons for optimism as they prepare to tackle high-flying Chelsea.
Under-23 boss David Unsworth picks out one of his players for praise and midfielder Rhys Hughes talks about assuming the role as captain of Everton Under-18s.
Clemaron is one of the architects of Everton Women’s charge to fourth in the embryonic WSL table and she explains how Willie Kirk’s team are striving to improve on their bright opening months of the campaign.