Chelsea host Everton at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon in another crucial Premier League clash.
The Blues are clinging onto fourth place but they must improve their domestic form.
Frank Lampard can breathe a sigh of relief after Wolves missed the chance to overtake them on Saturday after a 0-0 draw with Brighton.
But that should ring alarm bells that they cannot afford to drop anymore points.
Chelsea have won just one of their last six Premier League matches, which includes losses to Newcastle , Manchester United and a disappointing draw to Bournemouth.
However, the west London outfit will be buoyed by their recent victory over fellow Merseysiders Liverpool in the FA Cup.
Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic was injured against Liverpool
But with the highs come the lows and the fact that Chelsea are missing a number of key players.
N’Golo Kante, Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mateo Kovacic and Tammy Abraham are all missing while Jorginho is suspended.
Though Ruben Loftus-Cheek has played behind closed doors, his match fitness remains an issue and is unlikely to feature.
While Willian trudged off against Liverpool with a late injury and there are question marks over Andreas Christensen.
There also remains the issue between the sticks with Kepa Arrizabalaga staking a claim to be restored to the first-team with some fine saves vs the Reds.
Chelsea had a host of injury troubles against Tottenham last month but pulled off a brilliant 2-1 win over their London rivals.
Kepa Arrizabalaga was back in the starting XI against Liverpool
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On that occasion, Lampard opted to not use any wingers, instead using Ross Barkley and Mason Mount to press up the field.
The 41-year-old could turn to the same system, which also uses three at the back and giving license for Marcos Alonso to get forward.
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