Chelsea take on Everton at Stamford Bridge on Sunday lunchtime with a 1.30pm kick-off. Usually a tough fixture, but also one that sees plenty of goals. Last season saw the Antonio Conte`s side win 5-0 in the corresponding fixture.
Despite the lack of players in Chelsea`s current squad, second guessing Conte`s starting line-up is tricky. Tottenham found that out last weekend. With no new signings, the Italian has to juggle the few good men.
Thibaut Courtois – The Belgian shot stopper had an improved game at Wembley following the Burnley game and is literally the first name on the teamsheet.
Cesar Azpilicueta -Captaining the side in the absence of Gary Cahill, Azpi goes about his business quietly, with no fuss, just does the job.
David Luiz – In terms of work rate Luiz was probably man of the match against Tottenham, he took a leaf out of N`golo Kante`s book and chased the ball around Wembley like a child. The return of Cesc Fabregas should see him return to centre of defence, could be a close call though.
Antonio Rudiger – The German, would have found out what the frenetic pace of the Premier League was like at Wembley. Tough to call between Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, but experience will see the German get the nod.
N`golo Kante – Kante did what Kante does last weekend, broke up play in what was a very congested midfield. Along with Luiz he stopped Tottenham playing.
Cesc Fabregas – Like Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko would have found last week`s game very tough, especially as he is recovering from knee surgery. Fabregas returns from suspension and will play alongside Kante.
Victor Moses – Moses had a much better game at Wembley than his last appearance there in which he saw red. With no competition for his position though, he starts. He does need to pick up his performances though as he`s likely to be fighting for his place by the time the transfer window closes.
Marcos Alonso – Vital Chelsea`s man of the match at Wembley, was the surprise package scoring two superb goals. His free-kick technique was excellent and he is rapidly becoming a dead ball specialist.
Willian – There has been speculation linking Willian with a move away from Stamford Bridge which would be crazy. The Brazilian didn`t have a great season last term, following the death of his mother, but like Alonso can take a free-kick. If there is a criticism, it`s his lack of goals. He should score more.
Pedro – The Spaniard came on as substitute against Spurs and impacted with an assist for Alonso`s winning goal. Always busy and looking to make things happen the masked man will be looking to get his fellow countryman on the score sheet.
Alvaro Morata – Still getting up to speed with life in the Premier League, the Spaniard should start ahead of his only rival Michy Batshuayi. He missed an easy chance at Wembley (easy for me to say) but showed glimpses of quality. He will come good.
Expect Everton to put up more of a fight than last season. By the same token, if Conte has drilled his players this week as he had prior to Wembley, expect Chelsea to go at Everton with all guns blazing. For sure there will be goals, let`s hope Chelsea get the majority.
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Remy in surprise Chelsea link
Chelsea outcast Loic Remy has been linked with a surprise switch to Cagliari, who are desperate for a new striker.
According to Sky Sport Italia, Remy is a “hot” target for Cagliari, who have already contacted Chelsea about what it would take to sign the Frenchman.
The 30-year-old made just eight appearances for Crystal Palace during a loan spell last season due to a knee injury and has since returned to Stamford Bridge, where he is surplus to requirements.
The Sardinians, for their part, have lost talisman Marco Borriello to Spal, while time is running out for Napoli’s Leonardo Pavoletti.