Chelsea will be hoping to carry on the winning momentum when they host an Everton team bereft of confidence and without a manager in the EFL Cup on Wednesday.

Following successive league defeats to Manchester City and Crystal Palace, Antonio Conte’s side beat an in-form Watford team 4-2 at Stamford Bridge at the weekend to seemingly get themselves back on track.

In contrast, Everton’s positive start to the season has taken a drastic turn for the worse and the 5-2 loss at home to Arsenal on Sunday the final straw for the Toffees hierarchy and Ronald Koeman was sacked on Monday afternoon.

David Unsworth will take charge of the visitors on Wednesday and no doubt keen to impress against a Chelsea team who have proven to be vulnerable this season.

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Start time

Chelsea host Everton at Stamford Bridge with kick-off scheduled for 7.45pm on Wednesday, October 25.

TV and live online coverage

The match will be not be televised live on TV in the UK. You can follow all the build-up and action from 6.45pm with Standard Sport’s London Football live blog.

Live Updates




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Team news

With the Blues facing trips away to Bournemouth and Rome in the coming week, Antonio Conte will rotate his squad.

Charly Musonda and Kenedy will hope to start as they did in the last round as Chelsea ran out 5-1 winners over Nottingham Forest. 

Conte is still without N’Golo Kante and Victor Moses, both of whom have hamstring injuries, while Danny Drinkwater remains sidelined with a calf strain.

Morgan Schneiderlin is a doubt with a knock, otherwise caretake manager David Unsworth has no fresh injury concerns aside from long-term absentees.

Predicted line-ups

Chelsea starting XI: Caballero; Rudiger, Christensen, Cahill; Zappacosta, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Kenedy; Musonda, Batshuayi, Hazard

Everton starting XI: Pickford; Keane, Jagielka, Williams; Martina, Sigurdsson, Gueye, Vlasic, Baines; Klaassen, Niasse

Head to head


Betting odds (via betfair)

  • Chelsea to win: 4/9
  • Everton to win: 13/2
  • Draw: 7/2

Click here to place a bet. Odds correct as of October 23 at 1pm.