It feels almost luxurious to have three whole days off between Chelsea games. So luxurious in fact, that Antonio Conte gave the squad the day off on Sunday. Presumably, it also helps that he undoubtedly intends to rotate as many players as possible for Wednesday’s game against Everton in the League Cup. While there’s a trophy to be won down the line in this competition, it is well down the list of priorities and thus affords a rare and obvious opportunity to give minutes to youngsters and fringe players. Conte rotated 9 players in the third round against Nottingham Forest. He probably would rotate all 11 if he could in this round.
But right now, this is about who you would choose to start. Conte has ruled out Danny Drinkwater, N’Golo Kanté, and Victor Moses with injuries, so they’re not available. David Luiz and Tiemoué Bakayoko were carrying injuries heading into the weekend, and their condition probably didn’t improve after 90 strenuous, dramatic minutes against Watford. At one time or another, Eden Hazard, Antonio Rüdiger, and Gary Cahill were all seen limping in that match as well.
The list below includes several youngsters who have a shot at starting or at least being on the bench. Any others you can add with the last option in the list.