For Mauricio Pochettino, it has been a case of one step forward and two steps back during his opening few games in charge.
The capitulation away at Newcastle was followed by a win over Brighton, which in turn preceded a defeat away at a Manchester United in crisis.
The Blues have lost their last two away games after a run of three straight victories on the road and head to an in-form Everton side.
Sean Dyche’s side thrashed Newcastle on Thursday and would even be ahead of Chelsea in the table were it not for their ten-point deduction.
In the UK, however, fans will not be able to watch the game live on TV. Everton’s game with Newcastle was pushed back from Tuesday 5 December to Thursday 7 December, meaning their meeting with Chelsea – originally at 3pm GMT on Saturday 9 December – was rescheduled.
As it was supposed to have taken place during the 3pm blackout imposed across English football, it cannot be shown in the UK.