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Everton v Chelsea Live Commentary, 30/04/2017

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Pedro (66)
G. Cahill (79)
Willian (86)
Goodison Park


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A ruthless second half showing from Chelsea has them another huge step closer to the title. Goals from Pedro, Cahill and Willian decided the game, with the gap at the top stretched to seven points and the pressure back on Spurs - who kick off against Arsenal shortly.
FULL-TIME: Everton 0-3 Chelsea.
Willian should have scored again! In on goal, he controls before attempting to take on Jagielka instead of shooting. It matters little now.
There will be three largely academic minutes added on here.
Chelsea just keep pushing, Willian on the shoulder after another goal. Everton clear time and time again, but cannot forge an opening themselves.
"We're gonna win the league," sing the Chelsea fans. Not many people would disagree with them right now. This has been a deadly, disciplined display.
Cesc Fàbregas
Fabregas, also recently introduced, was central to that goal. He moves in on the left and teases a pass perfectly into Willian's path.
GOAL! And a third Chelsea goal from that man Willian! A magnificent move ends with the Brazilian sweeping into the net. 0-3.
E. Hazard
SUB! A third Chelsea change. Willian on for Hazard.
Brave goalkeeping from Stekelenburg as Diego Costa again chased a ball in behind. The Everton man clears well under pressure.
Cesc Fàbregas
SUB! And Pedro, who lit up this game with that fabulous finish, is also off. Fabregas makes his entrance.
N. Aké
David Luiz
SUB! The game surely won, David Luiz finally bows out. It's Nathan Ake, not Zouma, who replaces him, though.
Yet another free-kick, this one for Mirallas and Everton, but it never threatens to test Courtois.
G. Cahill
GOAL! How costly was that foul? Chelsea lead by two and it's Cahill! Hazard fires the free-kick in low, Stekelenburg parries poorly and the ball bounces in off the captain's knee. 0-2.
I. Gueye
Yellow Card
YELLOW! Yet another card! Gueye takes down Hazard and it's Chelsea's turn for a promosing set-piece...
Lukaku takes, but the ball flies high and wide. Azpilicueta, already booked, drew the referee's ire as he took issue with the wall's placement ahead of that effort.
E. Hazard
Yellow Card
YELLOW! Barkley looks to dance through the Chelsea defence, but, on the edge of the area, Hazard smashes into the Everton man. Free-kick in a good position now for the hosts...
Bizarrely, David Luiz trots back onto the pitch and looks set to continue. He was down for a good while there.
David Luiz is down again for Chelsea. It looks as though this could be the end of his day.
A. Koné
E. Valencia
SUB! Arouna Kone is on, too, in place of Valencia.
Kevin Mirallas
D. Calvert-Lewin
SUB! Everton respond and Mirallas replaces Calvert-Lewin.
Hazard clatters into the advertising boards and nearly ends up in the away end, working ever so hard to keep a lost cause in play. He shares a smile with the Chelsea fans, who are bouncing down there.
N. Matić
Matic pushed the pass into Pedro, but he had so much still to do at the end of a seemingly aimless attacking move.
GOAL! A vital, vital strike and it's a stunner from Chelsea's Pedro! He turns 25 yards from goal and thunders a sublime strike into the top-left corner. What a moment that is and could prove to be in the final weeks of the season. Everton breached at last. 0-1.
The tackles are flying in and Everton are just about keeping Chelsea at bay. After that home flurry, Conte's men have been prowling the opposition half.
A simpler save for Courtois as Lukaku dashes wide left and then cuts back inside with the ball. His low shot is tame and trundles through to the goalkeeper, who, like David Luiz earlier, appears to be limping.
SAVE! Now it's livened up again - both the game and the Goodison crowd. Valencia gets in on the left, shooting optimistically from an angle but at least testing Courtois.
E. Valencia
Yellow Card
YELLOW! The corner is nodded on by Williams and then punched clear by Courtois. Chelsea look to break, but Valencia pulls down Moses. Booking.
CLOSE! Valencia bustles past Cahill and shoots, an Alonso deflection momentarily wrongfooting Courtois, but the ball spins wide.
Diego Costa
Yellow Card
YELLOW! A booking for Diego Costa, but a lucky, lucky escape for Everton. Phil Jagielka plays a pass back towards Stekelenburg without looking and Diego Costa is in hot pursuit. The goalkeeper just gets there first and takes a clattering.
David Luiz steps in to slow a Davies break, but the Chelsea defender now appears to be hobbling. John Terry is not in the matchday squad, so Kurt Zouma would be the most obvious replacement should David Luiz bow out.
CHANCE! A really fine set-piece routine from Chelsea. Short to Matic at the near post, laid off for Moses and hammered towards Diego Costa at the back post. He cannot get a toe on it, although the visitors do win a corner. This time, Everton clear.
Vital challenge from Gueye! Pedro teases a pass through towards Hazard, running in behind, but the Everton midfielder snatches in to concede a corner rather than a clear opportunity.
Chelsea are struggling a little with the final ball at the start of this half. N'Golo Kante has overhit a couple of passes and Alonso then follows suit by hammering a cross behind - not for the first time in this match.
Davies tries to steal in on the right and, while he gets past the visiting defender, he runs out of space, the ball running behind.
There's been nothing in the opening two minutes of the second period to suggest this game is set to return to a frantic contest. Very quiet.
KICK-OFF: We're back under way through Diego Costa and Chelsea.
After a bright start, the game has lulled a little. Calvert-Lewin came closest as Courtois helped his shot onto the post, but Chelsea have had their moments, too. It remains all to play for.
HALF-TIME: Everton 0-0 Chelsea.
Matic flicks Hazard's set-piece on, with no-one able to get a touch. Half-time.
Pedro wriggles free on the left at the end of a spell of Chelsea pressure, but his cross is cleared. It's a corner.
There will be two additional minutes as Chelsea turn up the heat again...
Chelsea's defence is looking a little shaky up against Lukaku, despite his relative lack of chances so far. A number of poor touches have allowed the Everton forward to throw his body around.
What an opportunity for Everton! Valencia finds himself in behind on the right, with Lukaku in attack, but his cross is far too heavy and runs out the other side of the area.
Barkley went for goal from the free-kick, but David Luiz, standing bravely in the wall, heads clear. Chelsea escape again when Davies is closed out on the right.
César Azpilicueta
Yellow Card
YELLOW! Another card as Cesar Azpilicueta clumsily trips Valencia.
D. Calvert-Lewin
Yellow Card
YELLOW! Another clear booking as Moses dashes by Calvert-Lewin and is dragged back.
From the free-kick, Alonso makes a mess of the clearance and Williams is able to hook the ball goalwards. Thibaut Courtois is not troubled, though, as the effort lands on the roof of the net.
G. Cahill
Yellow Card
YELLOW! A handball decision goes the other way now, Cahill diverting the ball away from Lukaku. The Chelsea skipper is booked.
Almost a sight of goal for Lukaku, again running in behind. However, he handles as he controls and then screws the shot over. The referee allows Chelsea to start again with a goal-kick.
Hazard and Pedro, too, are not having as much joy as they earlier were in the pockets between Everton's defence and midfield. Gueye appears to have finally got a grip on the game.
The game is just a little quiet at the moment after a busy opening 25 minutes. Lukaku takes up possession on the right, one-on-one with David Luiz, but he's isolated and lacks the support to make something of the situation.
Calvert-Lewin is the latest to try his luck, but shoots a long way wide from distance.
CHANCE! And now the other centre forward, Diego Costa, is involved. He controls a high ball with his head and, in behind the defence, volleys over. A chance.
CLOSE! Lukaku has been quiet, but now, finally, he takes possession. The Everton forward bullies his way past David Luiz and sends a low drive inches past the left-hand post. Better from the hosts.
SAVE! Nemanja Matic is taking cues from Hazard! He dribbles from halfway to the edge of the Everton box and tests Stekelenburg's handling with a low strike.
Gueye is still trying to stick with Hazard, but the Belgian really fancies it today. He wins a free-kick on the left, sees the ball played right for Pedro to cross and Hazard is there to meet the ball and volley wide from the tightest of angles.
Groans around Goodison as the set-piece is cleared and the ball then returned to Stekelenburg. Everton look a bit wary to take risks against a ruthless Chelsea attack.
A break for Everton's defence as David Luiz slices behind for a corner...
This time Hazard tees up Pedro in midfield with a cute backheel, allowing the former Barcelona man to play in Alonso on the left. His cross is horribly, horribly overhit, though.
And Diego Costa is now down, following that challenge. The home fans are not impressed as he gets to his feet.
Hazard just has too much for Everton! He tears by Barkley this time, but Diego Costa is stopped in his tracks by a tremendous Davies tackle on the edge of the box.
Leighton Baines blocks vitally in the area! Hazard is having some joy right now and he drifts wide left to cross for Diego Costa. A superb piece of control is followed by a smooth turn, but Baines dives onto the ball as Diego Costa sought to shoot.
CHANCE! Gueye's nowhere near Hazard now! Diego Costa spins away from Ashley Williams on halfway and runs at the Everton defence, waiting to slip a pass in to Hazard. The Belgian swiftly rounds Stekelenburg, but, from an ever-narrowing angle, he can only finish into the sidenetting.
Everton are giving as good as they're getting so far, but Idrissa Gueye is engrossed by the movements of Hazard. Like Ander Herrera in Manchester United's victory over Chelsea, he is sticking close to the visiting winger.
Chelsea go short with the corner, eventually finding Victor Moses to cross. That delivery is only half-cleared, allowing Eden Hazard to fire in a blocked shot, before Everton finally get the ball away and look to break.
A superb Pedro run is, just about, ended by Tom Davies, but Marcos Alonso collects the ball and delivers. Ashley Williams stretches to nod behind.
SAVE! What a start! Gary Cahill forces a save from Maarten Stekelenburg, which he spills, but Everton clear. Chelsea are soon back on the attack, though.
POST! Calvert-Lewin has been involved from the start here and he runs in behind from Barkley's pass, thundering a shot against the left-hand post. Both Romelu Lukaku and Barkley are unable to turn in the rebound. Close.
KICK-OFF: Ross Barkley and Everton get us under way.
The players are gathering in the tunnel. We are now just five minutes away from kick-off!
The Blues' last win at Goodison was a thrilling 6-3 success in the opening weeks of the 2014-15 season, Diego Costa scoring twice that day in a fine individual display. The visitors went on to claim the league title - a similar result here would represent a huge step towards another top-flight crown.
Chelsea were rampant 5-0 winners in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge in November, but Everton triumphed twice in three meetings last season - both victories coming at home, in the league and the FA Cup.
Morgan Schneiderlin misses out for Everton, while Kevin Mirallas drops to the bench. Enner Valencia and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are the men to come in. Pedro replaces Cesc Fabregas in Chelsea's only change.
Subs: Begovic, Ake, Zouma, Chalobah, Fabregas, Willian, Batshuayi.
Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill, Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso, Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard.
Subs: Robles, Pennington, Kenny, Barry, Mirallas, Lookman, Kone.
Everton: Stekelenburg, Holgate, Jagielka, Williams, Baines, Gueye, Davies, Valencia, Barkley, Calvert-Lewin, Lukaku.
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That viewpoint stems from Ronald Koeman's fine first season in charge at Goodison, with Everton in seventh place and seven points off the top four. Champions League qualification is a long shot, but the Toffees could move a step closer to a Europa League spot with victory here.
With five games of the season remaining, Antonio Conte's Chelsea are four points clear of second-placed Tottenham at the top of the table. While Spurs face Arsenal later in the day in a derby match, the Blues, too, have a tough test - Everton are widely accepted as their most dangerous opponents in the run-in.
Hello and welcome to our live text commentary of the clash between Everton and Premier League leaders Chelsea from Goodison Park!