Chelsea team vs Everton confirmed: Billy Gilmour, Kepa start; Broja and Anjorin on bench

Billy Gilmour has retained his place in Chelsea’s starting XI to face Everton at Stamford Bridge this afternoon, with Frank Lampard placing the Scottish midfielder in between Mason Mount and Ross Barkley for his first Premier League start.

The 18-year-old’s performance against Liverpool in Tuesday night’s FA Cup win earned plenty of plaudits and owing to Jorginho’s suspension plus injuries to Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante he has been given another opportunity to impress by the head coach.

Kepa Arrizabalaga is the other notable inclusion following an equally impressive display in midweek, with Chelsea lining up in a 4-3-3.

Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso are the full backs, with Kurt Zouma and Antonio Rudiger continued at centre half. Willian is fit enough to start having come off against Liverpol with an achilles issue.

Olivier Giroud continues up front because of Tammy Abraham’s ankle injury, while academy products Armando Broja and Tino Anjorin have been named on an attacking substitutes’ bench that also includes Michy Bathsuayi.

Everton, who defeated Chelsea at Goodison Park in December, arrive on the back of a draw with Manchester United and are a far more threatening proposition under former Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti.

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Chelsea: Kepa Arrizabalaga; Cesar Azpilicueta, Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso; Mason Mount, Billy Gilmour, Ross Barkley; Willian, Olivier Giroud, Pedro Rodriguez.

Substitues: Willy Caballero, Andreas Christensen, Fikayo Tomori, Reece James, Tino Anjorin, Armando Broja, Michy Batshuayi.