Predicted Chelsea XI vs Everton: Badiashile returns to face Toffees

Chelsea will face a high-flying Everton on Sunday afternoon after the Merseyside club has just emphatically dispatched Newcastle United

Newcastle United v Chelsea FC - Premier League
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Chelsea will face a high-flying Everton on Sunday afternoon after the Merseyside club has just emphatically dispatched Newcastle United. Mauricio Pochettino's Blue Army has focused on attacking by winning the ball high up the pitch. The issue is that some clubs are very good at playing through pressure especially when it comes to escaping pressure on their back line, and when the Blues have come up against these teams, the results have been abysmal from a Chelsea perspective. The whole team was outplayed at Old Trafford so there's no one to scapegoat, however, some players need to be returned to the lineup, so here is the Pride of London's predicted lineup against Everton.

Robert Sanchez (No. 13) Goalkeeper, Spain

The Chelsea stop-stopper has been superb in his last two games. He would need to remain at the top of his game if the Blues are to get their desired result. His cross-collection has been excellent this season.

Reece James (No. 24) Right back, England

James, thankfully, had the desired effect when he was brought on at halftime against Manchester United, even though he did not stop the Manchester club from toying with Pochettino's men.

Thiago Silva (No. 6) Right centerback, Brazil

Silva starts again tomorrow, the guessing game starts with who plays alongside the veteran.

Benoit Badiashile (No. 5) Left centerback, France

Badiashile helped Chelsea to a win in his last game, despite the west London club being down a man. Badiashile's distribution and awareness were sorely missed against Manchester United, even though the Blues' woes against Man United were beyond their centerback pairing on the night. According to FBRef, the Frenchman's passing was so good that he accumulated the highest expected assists value (0.6) of any player in the game while completing 33/35 passes he attempted. Benoit Badiashile has shown, time and again, that he should play whenever he's more than 70% fit.

Levi Colwill (No. 26) Left back, England

For whatever reason, Pochettino will continue to play Colwill. At left back. He offers something major to the team though, as he has won over 75% of his aerial duels in the Premier League, and over 60% of his ground duels, per Sofascore. Going forward? Oh, he offers nothing.

Enzo Fernandez (No. 8) Central midfielder, Argentina

Fernandez had a stinker against Manchester United. He was poor out of possession (unsurprisingly) and in possession (surprisingly). He would need to be much better against Everton as the Merseyside club has shown they mean business this season.

Moises Caicedo (No. 25) Central midfielder, Ecuador

Caicedo was simply the better Chelsea midfielder against Man United, though the reverse has been the case in terms of overall performance since the start of the season.

Raheem Sterling (No. 7) Right winger, England

Sterling had a mixed bag against Manchester United. Many fans strongly felt that he had a stinker, but the reality is that whatever he did wrong is overstated, and he was just about as useful as any other attacker.

Cole Palmer (No. 20) Central attacking midfielder, England

Palmer was OK, all things considered. The youngster has a special place in lineups because he has created the joint most clear-cut chances for Chelsea this season (5), a number good enough to rank him joint 18th in the Premier League. Palmer recorded the most progressive carries (4) and the most progressive passes (5) against Manchester United.

Mykhailo Mudryk (No. 10) Left winger, Ukraine

Mudryk had a good game against Manchester United, generally. He did fall short in many of the same areas as he did in previous matches, but he was effective and would have been decisive if his decision-making had been much better. Mudryk joint led the team in progressive carries (4) against Manchester United, showing glimpses of the electric player many saw in Ukraine and for Ukraine.

Nicolas Jackson (No. 15) Center forward, Senegal

Jackson has been good this season. He has six goals, and though he should have had more, it's not a bad tally at this stage in a 22-year-old's maiden Premier League campaign. His holdup play, dribbling, and linkup have been excellent, and that's not a word that can be used for many CFC players this season.