Everyone’s favourite competition is back! The Carabao Cup returns to Stamford Bridge this Wednesday, and Chelsea play hosts to Everton.
The Blues’ cup campaign started with an impressive 5-1 win at home to Nottingham Forest. Goals from Kenedy, Charly Musonda, and a hat-trick from Michy Batshuayi helped Chelsea easily overcome the Championship side in round three.
The Toffees played Championship opposition in the previous round, too. A 3-0 win over Sunderland was enough to book their spot in round four. A Dominic Calvert-Lewin double and an Oumar Niasse goal helped the side set up the tie against Chelsea.
League-wise, Chelsea returned to winning ways on Saturday with a 4-2 win over Watford. Pedro had fired Chelsea into an early lead, before goals from Abdoulaye Doucoure and Roberto Pereyra put the Hornets in front. Super sub Batshuayi scored an equaliser, before Cesar Azpilicueta fired the Blues in front. Belgian Batshuayi added Chelsea’s fourth in added time.
Going into this game, Everton are currently manager-less. Ronald Koeman was sacked by the club shortly after Everton were beaten 5-2 at home to Arsenal. The Toffees currently sit in the relegation zone, and the decision was made to sack the Dutchman before it was too late.
Like in the previous round, expect a number of changes for Chelsea. Willy Caballero is likely to replace Thibaut Courtois in goal, and the likes of Davide Zappacosta, Andreas Christensen, and Antonio Rudiger are all likely to start. Kenedy and Charly Musonda could be given starts, after being named in the starting eleven in the previous cup fixture. Following his double against Watford, Batshuayi will start against Everton.
With Chelsea’s midfield options becoming increasingly thin, Kyle Scott or Ethan Ampadu could be in line for a start. Ampadu made his Chelsea debut off the bench in round three of this competition, replacing Cesc Fabregas in the 55th minute.
Although the Carabao Cup has been described as “pointless” by Antonio Conte, Chelsea will still be expecting a win on Wednesday night, and will hope to book their spot in the quarter-finals of the competition.