Chelsea, fresh off the back of their 5th round FA Cup win over Everton last night, will return to Premier League action this Sunday.
They host an Everton side who have proven tough customers since the arrival of former Stamford Bridge boss Carlo Ancelotti. Blues fans won’t, however, be seeing the Italian on the touchline this Sunday. He serves a one-match ban following his post-match red card against Manchester United last weekend.
While silverware would be the icing on the cake in Lampard’s first season at the club, the priority remains finishing within the top four and qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
Despite dropping two points against Bournemouth last Saturday, Chelsea remain in the driving seat for a place at the top table of European football next season – and with Leicester’s recent run of poor form, third place certainly has suddenly become a real possibility too.
Since Ancelotti took over the club late last year, Everton however have lost just two times in the league and they themselves have their sights set on European football next season.
When the two sides met earlier in the season, Chelsea suffered a defeat at Goodison Park in Duncan Ferguson’s first match as temporary Everton boss.
Is the game on TV?
Yes, the game will be broadcast live Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event.
The kick precedes the Manchester derby. Coverage starts at 2pm with kick off at 2.30pm.
If you’re not a registered Sky Sports subscriber, you can still access the game through use of a Now TV Sports Pass.
What is the early team news?
Chelsea will still be without Ngolo Kante who remains sidelined a hip/pelvis injury. The Frenchman is expected back in mid-March.
Christian Pulisic continues to recover from a hip/pelvis injury of his own, although no return date has been given for him as yet.
Callum Hudson-Odoi meanwhile is likely to face a late fitness test while Tammy Abraham, Mateo Kovacic and Willian are all being assessed after yesterday’s game…