Everton begin life after Marco Silva with a difficult Premier League clash against Frank Lampard's Chelsea at home on Saturday.
Silva's departure from Goodison was confirmed on Thursday after his side's 5-2 thrashing at the hands of fierce Merseyside rivals Liverpool on Wednesday night.
Club legend Duncan Ferguson has been placed in temporary charge while the Everton board search for a suitable permanent replacement for Silva.
The former Everton striker will look to curb his side's three-game losing streak, although collecting a win against Saturday's visitors will be no easy task.
Chelsea currently sit fourth in the Premier League and come into the game off the back of a 2-1 home triumph against Aston Villa.
The victory in midweek ended a mini-blip for the Blues, who had previously been without a win in three games, and Lampard's men will be buoyant ahead of their trip to the turbulent Toffees.
Where to Watch
|When Is Kick Off?||Saturday 7 December|
|What Time Is Kick Off?||12.30 (GMT)|
|Where Is It Played?||Goodison Park|
|TV Channel/Live Stream?||BT Sport 1|
In his first game as interim boss, Ferguson has no fresh injury concerns from the Merseyside derby defeat.
And skipper Seamus Coleman could be in line for a start, having missed Everton's last two games through injury.
However, the Toffees remain without André Gomes as the Portuguese midfielder continues his recovery from a broken ankle sustained against Tottenham in November.
Fabian Delph remains doubtful with a hamstring problem while fellow midfielder
As for the visitors, Lampard should be able to call on the services of Tammy Abraham, in spite of seeing his star striker hobble off late on in the win over Villa.
Willian also picked up a knock during Wednesday's game and the Brazilian is a doubt for the trip to Merseyside, while Ross Barkley is also
Elsewhere, the midfield pair of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Marco van Ginkel remain long-term absentees for Lampard's side.
Predicted Line Ups
|Everton||Pickford; Sidibe, Mina, Keane, Digne; Schneiderlin, Davies; Iwobi, Sigurdsson, Bernard; Richarlison|
|Chelsea||Kepa; James, Tomori, Zouma, Azpilicueta; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Pulisic, Mount, Abraham.|
Chelsea come out on top in this fixture historically but the Toffees won the last encounter between the two sides in March.
On that occasion, Marco Silva's side beat Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea 2-0 at Goodison, courtesy of strikes from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson.
However, neither coach in charge that day is still at the helm going into Saturday's clash, a shining example of the Premier League manager merry-go-round.
In fact, Chelsea are without a win in three against Everton, something Frank Lampard's charges will be looking to put right at the weekend.
Silva's sacking on Thursday underlines the Toffees' dismal run of recent results, as does their lowly position of 18th in the Premier League standings.
Everton are on a three-game losing streak and haven't won at home in the league since a 2-0 victory over West Ham back in mid-October.
But, the Goodison Park faithful will be praying Silva leaving the club sparks an upturn in results and has Everton distancing themselves from relegation worry.
As for Lampard's Chelsea, the win against Villa was a timely one as it ended a three-game stretch without a win.
Much has been made of the Blues' exuberant attacking style but they do also have a tendency to concede and have shipped 21 goals already this season.
That's more than any other side inside the top seven and Chelsea haven't kept a clean sheet away from home in the league all season.
Here's how the two teams have performed in their last five outings in all competitions.
|Liverpool 5-2 Everton (04/12)||Chelsea 2-1 Aston Villa (04/12)|
|Leicester City 2-1 Everton (01/12)||Chelsea 0-1 West Ham (30/11)|
|Everton 0-2 Norwich (23/11)||Valencia 2-2 Chelsea (27/11)|
|Southampton 1-2 Everton (09/11)||Man City 2-1 Chelsea (23/11)|
|Everton 1-1 Tottenham (03/11)||Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace (9/11)|