Having eased into the quarter-finals of the Europa League, where they’ll take on Sparta Prague, with an 8-0 aggregate demolition of Dynamo Kyiv Chelsea must now recover quickly before they travel to take on Everton in Sunday’s late kick-off.

With many Premier League clubs still involved in the FA Cup, Maurizio Sarri knows that this game in hand is crucial if his Blues side are going to gain the upper hand in the race for the Champions League positions. The resounding nature of Chelsea’s win in Ukraine means that several players have put themselves in contention for a starting place, with Marcos Alonso, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi all impressing as they vie for more regular game time.

Everton have had a full week to rest and over recent years produced some stellar performances against Chelsea especially at Goodison Park. Leighton Baines is the only known absentee for the Toffees, while Chelsea maintain a full bill of health heading into the match