Billy Gilmour is set to start his first Premier League game while Kepa Arrizabalaga returns in goal as Chelsea gear up to face Everton.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has handed teenage midfielder Billy Gilmour his first ever Premier League start as his side take on Everton at Stamford Bridge. The young Scotsman was brilliant in Chelsea’s midweek FA Cup tie against Liverpool and has been rewarded with a starting berth.
Lampard has made just one change to the lineup that started against Liverpool, which comes in midfield. Mateo Kovacic picked up an injury in that game and has been replaced by Mason Mount, while Ross Barkley occupies the third midfield slot for Chelsea against his former club.
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Kepa Arrizabalaga starts in goal in a Premier League game for the first time since January. The Spaniard had been axed by Lampard in recent weeks, but after impressing in the FA Cup against Liverpool, he is preferred over Willy Caballero against Everton.
The defence sees no changes, with Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso lining up as full-backs while Antonio Rudiger and Kurt Zouma are retained at the centre. Willian has recovered from the knock he picked up in midweek to start in the Chelsea attack. He is once again partnered by Olivier Giroud and Pedro. Teenagers Tino Anjorin and Armando Broja are named among the substitutes.
Chelsea Confirmed XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Zouma, Alonso; Barkley, Gilmour, Mount; Willian, Giroud, Pedro