Chelsea will host an Everton side in the 4th round of the Carabao Cup, who will be without Ronald Koeman after he was shown the door following another dismal performance which saw the Toffees collapse 5-2 last Sunday at home to Arsenal.
We’ve already seen before against Crystal Palace this season that the Blues have a tendency in them to struggle against the teams who are on a bad run of form, and despite Everton not being a push over, the Merseyside club are one of those.
But Chelsea aren’t exactly on a run of form themselves with comebacks against AS Roma and then an undeserving win against Watford, after the Hornets had an array of glorious chances which they couldn’t tuck away.
The Argentinian looks set to get another run out, replacing the favoured Thibaut Courtois.
Andreas Christensen has been rather impressive each and every time he has put a blue shirt on and with it being a chance to rotate for Antonio Conte, the Danish international should see himself in the starting line-up.
Spaniard Cesar Azpilicueta has played every minute in the league for Chelsea and is likely to be given a rest against Everton. Antonio Rudiger will be first choice in replacing the centre-back after a dominant display at the back against Watford, despite conceding two goals.
After a few knocks to David Luiz, he is most likely to be sidelined to fully recover and Gary Cahill will fill the third centre back role as he usually does.
A man who we thought had no future at Chelsea, Kenedy, following his antics in China, but the Brazilian is likely to replace Marcos Alonso in a whole host of changes for a Chelsea side who are struggling with a few injuries.
Those injuries are affecting the central midfield area with Tiemoue Bakayoko and Cesc Fabregas the only recognised players in the position. Youngsters Kyle Scott and Ethan Ampadu are in the contention for a start, but will start from the bench, despite the Frenchman Bakayoko having a poor game against Watford.
With Victor Moses still out, Davide Zappacosta will start on the right-hand side for the Blues.
Willian and Pedro have been given the opportunities in recent weeks, but Charly Musonda Jr is likely to be given the nod against Everton. He played the full 90 minutes against Nottingham Forest in the previous round and had a cameo in the defeat to Crystal Palace.
Another Belgian, Michy Batshuayi made the difference for Chelsea at the weekend with his two goals which sealed the comeback for Chelsea. The forward is preferred in the cup games and with Alvaro Morata not looking match fit, Batshuayi is in pole position for the start up top.
Eden Hazard will complete the Chelsea attack and Belgian trio. The 26-year-old is getting back into the swing of things this season following injury and with an Everton side lacking confidence defensively, Hazard can certainly punish them.