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Everton vs. Chelsea: Confirmed lineups

Alex Livesey

Welcome to the first true test of the season.

We might be feeling on top of the world at the moment, but the next 90+ minutes sure have it in them to knock us back to reality.  That sounds not fun, so let's not do that, yeah?  Let's let the two Manchesters grab all the headlines regarding incompetence.

Say hello to them gorgeous yellow kits!

Meanwhile...

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Everton starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Tim Howard | Leighton Baines, Sylvain Distin, Phil Jagielka, Seamus Coleman | Gareth Barry, James McCarthy | Aiden McGeady, Steven Naismith, Kevin Mirallas | Romelu Lukaku

Substitutes from: Joel Robles, Muhamed Besic, Leon Osman, John Stones, Antolin Alcaraz, Samuel Eto'o

Chelsea starting lineup (4-3-3/4-2-3-1):
Thibaut Courtois | Cesar Azpilicueta, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic | Nemanja Matic, Cesc Fabregas, Ramires | Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, Willian

Substitutes from: Petr Cech, Filipe Luis, Kurt Zouma, Didier Drogba, Mikel, Andre Schurrle, Mohamed Salah

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Two changes for Mourinho, with Willian and Ramires getting the start instead of Andre Schurrle and Oscar (the latter of whom didn't even make the bench, possibly due to injury).  Once again this looks to be a 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 hybrid, depending on just what Ramires (and to a lesser extent Willian) will end up playing.

So, a slightly more defensive look with the two players with the highest work rate on the team starting.  Probably a wise move.

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