Chelsea welcome Everton to Stamford Bridge on Sunday in the Premier League, as they seek to place pressure on leaders Manchester City.
Maurizio Sarri’s side are one of three unbeaten teams in the league this season, but face an Everton side who have lost just once in their previous five league games, with the Toffees climbing to ninth in the table.
1. Goalkeeper and Defenders
Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK) – The Spaniard has impressed following his arrival from La Liga in the summer, keeping five clean sheets in his 11 appearances so far.
César Azpilicueta (RB) – The 29-year-old’s versatility has ensured that he has kept his place in Sarri’s system, after thriving in a back three under previous boss Antonio Conte.
Antonio Rudiger (CB) – Strong and pacy, Rudiger looks to have settled into Sarri’s system and has shown increasing reliability at the back.
David Luiz (CB) – Sarri’s possession-based game suits Luiz perfectly. The Brazilian’s distribution and reading of the game makes him crucial to Chelsea.
Marcos Alonso (LB) – One of the best attacking full-backs in the league, the Spaniard has five assists already this season, more than any other defender.
N’Golo Kanté (CM) – Cementing himself as one of the world’s greatest midfielders over the summer with France, Kanté has picked up where he left off last season and has been given increased license to get forward under Sarri.
Jorginho (CM) – The poster boy for ‘Sarriball’. Jorginho’s switch from Napoli has facilitated Chelsea’s new style of football. The Italian keeps things simple in midfield and has completed 1,136 passes this term, more than any other player.
Mateo Kovacic (CM) – Providing legs and drive in midfield, the Croatian’s energy has become a key feature for the Blues this term. Chelsea will be eager to secure his services permanently once his loan deal expires.
Pedro Rodriguez (RW) – The fleet-footed winger has found himself rotated with fellow wideman Willian this term, with Hazard frequently occupying the left flank.
Álvaro Morata (ST) – Two goals against Crystal Palace last week should see the Spaniard earn a start on Sunday. Olivier Giroud is a capable deputy to Morata, but lacks the ability to trouble defences with any movement in behind like his fellow striker.
Eden Hazard (LW) – Chelsea’s star man. The Belgian looks back to his best and has been key to Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the season. That unique ability to glide away from his man has returned this term, along with goals – of which he has seven in the league.