Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois feels luck has not been on the side of Hiddink’s men in recent weeks, but vowed to keep battling.

“The goals we conceded against West Brom were unlucky,” he said.

“That is the position we are in at the moment. They were goals maybe last year we didn’t concede because we were up top and now they are the kind of goals you concede because you are down there.

“We have to keep on fighting, we have Everton now which will be a difficult game as well but we have to fight for every game and every point.”

Everton come into the game four points better off than Chelsea and on the back of a 0-0 draw at Manchester City, but Phil Jagielka still sees the need for improvement after one win in eight league games.

The England international said: “In the second half [at City] we let ourselves down a little bit on the ball. Thanks to some good defending and fantastic goalkeeping, we managed to keep it at 0-0.

“The games are going to come thick and fast now, we have got Chelsea away on Saturday, so it will be an interesting couple of weeks or so.”

Eden Hazard and Radamel Falcao are both out with groin injuries, while the visitors will check on Steven Naismith (hamstring) and Tom Cleverley (calf). Seamus Coleman (calf) and James McCarthy (groin) are unavailable.