Chelsea will be glad to kick off a game in December of a torrid previous month. After beginning November top of the table their form went the way of the English weather as a run of just one win and a draw from their past five league games has seen them drop to joint second with Arsenal, allowing Man United to return to the summit.
November also proved a troublesome month for David Moyes and his Everton side, as those following their latest scores will know. Three draws and two defeats – the last one being a crushing 4-1 home loss to West Brom – has seen the Toffees slide down the table at an alarming rate, they now sit just two points off the bottom three.
They head to Stamford Bridge encouraged by recent performances there, indeed the Toffees haven’t lost at the Bridge since 2006. Five draws in the previous seven meetings between the sides does suggest Everton raise their game against their London counter parts.
But they will be re-writing the history books if they are to take all three points – Paul Rideout was the last Everton player to score a winner in West London all the way back in 1994.
Chelsea have been boosted by the expected return of John Terry after missing the past four games with a nerve problem. Michael Essien is also back after a three match ban to add steel to what has been a fairly flimsy Chelsea midfield in recent weeks.
For Everton they will be without influential midfielder Mikel Arteta, who starts a three match suspension after his red card against West Brom last week. Marouane Fellaini will step in having completed a ban of his own while Phil Neville could also comeback into the team after a knee injury.
It is worth keeping an eye on the live football scores in the coming weeks as December is a key month for both these sides as they look to get their season back on track. A poor result here could signal a winter of discontent.