Match to be played on Saturday 22nd February 2014 at 12:45. Venue: Stamford Bridge, London.
Chelsea head into their game against Everton this weekend looking to react from defeat to Manchester City in the FA Cup.
Jose Mourinho’s men have had a chance to rest and recover following that defeat and they should be ready to switch back on as they look to maintain a position at the top of the Premier League table.
Mourinho could tinker with his side slightly but here’s the possible eleven players he could go with.
GK – Petr Cech
One of the more reliable players in the defence. Rarely makes a mistake and offers leadership, which helps to keep the defence organised.
RB – Branislav Ivanovic
Ivanovic has been the club’s primary right-back so far this season and he should continue on that side of defence. He’ll make it difficult for Everton to have any success down that side.
CB – Gary Cahill
Cahill was nowhere near his best against Manchester City and if he’s shown Mourinho enough in training, he should keep his place. Expect to see plenty of determination and a willingness to close out Everton’s attack.
CB – John Terry
Terry missed the Manchester City game with a muscle problem but is in line to come back into the team. His experience will be priceless.
LB – Cesar Azpilicueta
Had his poorest game against Manchester City for some time. However, similarly to Cahill, he should keep his place and should be very determined to set the record straight on the left hand side.
RM – Willian
Has grown in confidence over on the right hand side and should start on the wing. He’s getting better as an out and out wide man and he also has the ability to cut inside and be effective through the heart of the team.
DM – Nemanja Matic
Matic is a very intimidating player to come up against in Chelsea’s midfield. He’ll be all over Everton’s Ross Barkley like a rash.
CM – Frank Lampard
This could be the game where Mourinho decides to slot Lampard back into the midfield. He’s well rested, provides extra experience and can make plenty of runs from deep positions.
AM – Oscar
Oscar is the main man in that number ten role for the club. He can pull the strings at the top of the attack looking for assists and chances to score himself.
LM – Eden Hazard
The Belgian has been world class out on the left over the last few weeks and he should be determined to put in a good shift. Don’t be surprised if he gets withdrawn early due to the Champions League game next week.
ST – Fernando Torres
Torres could start up front with Samuel Eto’o going off the boil. Torres added balance to the side when he came on against City although he couldn’t change the game.