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Ziyech out? - How Chelsea could line-up against Everton

After suffering a hamstring injury against Leeds, the Moroccan is out this weekend, who will step up in his absence?

9:00am on Friday 11th December 2020
Cameron Smith

Chelsea are on a 14-game unbeaten run, and Frank Lampard will be looking to extend this against Everton this weekend.

The Toffees have fallen to ninth after an impressive start, but with a front three of James Rodriguez, Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, they'll certainly cause problems for the seemingly rock-solid first choice back four of the Blues.

As for Chelsea themselves, Lampard will be without both Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi, who are both suffering with minor hamstring issues.

With Christian Pulisic still being managed back to full fitness, he was kept on the bench against Krasnodar, but training normally, it'll be between the American and Kai Havertz for the starting spot on the right wing.

Timo Werner will be on the left, and considering Pulisic's potential impact off the bench, it may well be Havertz who's given the nod from the start.

Tammy Abraham played in midweek, so expect Olivier Giroud to start, with the Frenchman hoping to continue his fine goalscoring form that has seen him notch five in his last two starts.

With Havertz off the right, Mason Mount and Mateo Kovacic will most likely play as the two no.8s, with N'Golo Kante sitting behind them.

The entire first choice backline was rested in midweek, so expect Edouard Mendy, Reece James, Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, and Ben Chilwell to be back against Everton.

The five have conceded just two goals in eight games together, so the Toffees will no doubt find it hard to break them down.

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