Everything you need to know about our second meeting of the week with Merseyside opponents…
After seeing off Liverpool in the FA Cup in midweek, Frank Lampard’s side welcome Everton to Stamford Bridge in the Premier League this weekend as fourth take on 11th.
It will be a return to SW6 for Carlo Ancelotti, our Double-winning former boss who is fondly remembered by Chelsea fans, and an opportunity for us to avenge the 3-1 defeat suffered at Goodison Park back in December.
When and where
The match takes place on Sunday 8 March at Stamford Bridge. Kick-off is 2pm.
Press conference info
Lampard will be speaking to the media at Cobham in his customary pre-match briefing on Friday afternoon from approximately 1.30pm. The conference can be viewed live on the 5th Stand app and there will also be updates on our official @chelseafc Twitter.
Here is a look at some of the subjects potentially up for discussion…
A busy treatment room
Lampard currently has injury and availability concerns over seven players and will be keen to see some of those return to training before our Sunday lunchtime meeting with the Toffees. The team had Wednesday off and that rest will hopefully aid recovery ahead of another big Premier League assignment.
The boss will certainly be asked to provide the latest on his absentees, including two new additions to the list from Tuesday night, and whether any will return for the weekend.
With Jorginho suspended and doubts over the fitness of N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic, Lampard may have to play with a new-look midfield this weekend. Billy Gilmour was brilliant against Liverpool and will have certainly played his way into his manager’s thinking, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s unscathed 90 minutes for our development squad at the start of the week could provide another option.
Chelsea could line up with an all-British core as one of those two joins Ross Barkley and Mason Mount in the middle of the pitch. Those journalists present could well ask our head coach to discuss his thoughts about this particular conundrum.
Whether he is marshalling his team from the touchline or watching from high up in the stands still remains to be seen but Sunday will see the return to Stamford Bridge of a man who secured the one and only league and FA Cup Double in our history.
Ancelotti spent two seasons in charge of a Blues dressing room containing Lampard and the current Chelsea head coach is sure to be asked about his memories of playing under the Italian and the prospect of pitting his managerial wits against him.
Top four race
With the league season into the final 10 games, not a week passes by now without Lampard being asked for his take on the current race for a top four finish. Chelsea have sat fourth for over four months now but the gap to fifth has steadily been reduced.
However, with Manchester United at home to their neighbours City and Tottenham travelling to Burnley, this could be an opportune weekend for us to pull a little further away from the chasing pack.
Latest Chelsea team news
The treatment room at Cobham has become a busy place, with Willian and Kovacic the latest to join the injured list after limping off during our Tuesday night victory over Liverpool in the FA Cup. Lampard reported afterwards that both were Achilles issues that would have to be assessed.
The duo join Tammy Abraham, N’Golo Kante, Andreas Christensen, Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi on the sidelines.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be in contention after completing 90 minutes for our development squad at the start of the week, while Gilmour may be in line for his first Premier League start after an impressive performance against Liverpool. Jorginho will be unavailable as he starts his two-game league suspension.
Latest Everton team news
The Toffees are without Seamus Coleman (thigh) and Morgan Schneiderlin (knee). Left-back Lucas Digne has been struggling with a muscle injury but could recover in time for the trip to the capital.
They have favoured a 4-4-2 system since Ancelotti’s appointment in December, with Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin deployed up front. Both scored against us in the reverse fixture. Ancelotti himself could be serving a touchline ban after being shown a red card in the aftermath of their draw with Manchester United at the weekend.
How to follow live
Chelsea TV will be providing live audio commentary on the 5th Stand app and this website, plus there will also be live text commentary on both those platforms.
How to watch live
The game is live on Sky Sports in the UK. The game also be followed via the regular Matchday Live show on The 5th Stand.
Highlights will be available on the 5th Stand app from two hours after the final whistle.
Referee and VAR
Kevin Friend is the match referee. The whistler from Leicestershire took charge of our recent 3-0 home win over Burnley, awarding a penalty for a foul on Willian which Jorginho converted for the game’s opening goal. Martin Atkinson is the VAR.