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Gonzalo Higuain to lead the line? – Predicted 4-3-3 Chelsea XI to face Everton in the Premier League

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Everton vs Chelsea Predictions: Predicted Chelsea Line-up

Chelsea progressed to the last 8 of the UEFA Europa League with an emphatic 5-0 victory (8-0 aggregate) over Ukrainian giants Dynamo Kyiv on Thursday night, thanks to a hat-trick from Olivier Giroud.

The Blues were only able to manage a 1-1 draw at home against Wolves in their last outing in the Premier League and Maurizio Sarri’s men will be up against it once again when they make the trip to Goodison Park to face Everton on Sunday.

Everton looked all set for three points against Newcastle last week but the Magpies sparked a remarkable comeback to win 3-2 in what turned out to be an enthralling contest.

Marco Silva’s side drew 0-0 with Chelsea away from home in the reverse fixture earlier in the season and the fans have every reason to anticipate a high-voltage encounter on Sunday.

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Sarri will be expected to make quite a few changes to the line-up that faced Dynamo Kyiv in the Europa League. Hat-trick hero Olivier Giroud might have to settle for a place on the bench as Gonzalo Higuain is expected to return from his minor illness.

Eden Hazard didn’t play a part on Thursday night but the Belgian is likely to start against Everton.

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Formation: 4-3-3

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

Predicted XI

1. Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK)

The Spaniard has always been a reliable presence at the back and should start between the sticks on Sunday.

2. Cesar Azpilicueta (RB)

Chelsea’s designated club-captain came off the bench to replace Zappacosta on Thursday but he has been a regular name on Sarri’s teamsheet and should start in the Premier League on Sunday.

3. David Luiz (CB)

The Brazilian was rested for the Europa League fixture but he will be expected to return to the heart of the defence on Sunday.

4. Antonio Rudiger (CB)

He has been one of the standout performers for Chelsea at the back this season in the Premier League.

5. Marcos Alonso (LB)

The Spaniard showed strong signs of returning to form in the Europa League and chipped in with a goal and an assist.

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6. Jorginho (CDM)

Kovacic played in his role in the Europa League but Sarri is likely to field his reliable Italian maestro as the pivot in the midfield against Everton.

7. N’Golo Kante (RCM)

The Frenchman has really done well in an advanced role, carrying the ball forward with pace and picking out the right pass.

8. Mateo Kovacic (LCM)

He played at the heart of the midfield in the Europa League but Jorginho’s return should see him move back to his usual position on the left.

9. Eden Hazard (LW)

The Belgian maestro saved Chelsea the blushes with a late equaliser against Wolves and he should be fit and running after being rested for the Europa League tie.

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10. Pedro (RW)

The Spaniard has been in good form this season and his pace, trickery and creativity are invaluable assets to Chelsea’s forward line.

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11. Gonzalo Higuain (ST)

The Argentine talisman will be expected to return to the starting eleven to spearhead the attack on Sunday.

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This talismanic 22-year-old La Liga star would be best served joining any of these 3 PL sides – Agreed?

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Premier League Opinion: 3 ideal summer destinations for Maxi Gomez

La Liga is one of Europe’s premier leagues and the quality of football that is showcased by even the relatively smaller teams in generally top-class. Additionally, unlike in the Premier League, a large number of young players are scouted and signed with the future of the clubs in mind. 

One such players was brought in by Celta Vigo in the summer of 2017 from Uruguayan outfit Defensor – talismanic forward Maximiliano Gomez. The 22-year-old has really come into the limelight over the last couple of seasons after putting in some special displays for the La Liga minnows. 

The big striker has scored 9 goals in his 25 league appearances this season while he’s also managed to notch up 5 assists. His ability to time runs has set him apart as one of the most sought-after young forwards in the world today. 

A report from The Mirror is suggesting that Maxi Gomez could leave Celta for as low as around £21m in the summer if they’re unable to maintain La Liga status with West Ham said to be one of the clubs keen on the Uruguayan’s services. 

Given his talismanic nature, here are 3 clubs who should move for the youngster in the summer: 

Liverpool 

The Reds have often depended on Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane for goals this season and while they have delivered, the addition of a different striker to the kind that Roberto Firmino is, would certainly go a long way in improving their squad.

While the Brazilian is an expert at build-up play, Maxi Gomez would provide a much bigger presence up-front and Liverpool could utilise him whenever Firmino seems ineffective and a more direct attacking approach is required. 

Chelsea 

The Blues have really suffered this season because of their apparent inability to finish off chances. Despite the recent arrival of Gonzalo Higuain, their luck doesn’t seem to have changed and a more youthful forward could be the answer to their troubles. 

Gomez is a constant live-wire who will not give the opposition defence a single moment of respite and that is exactly the kind of striker that Maurizio Sarri’s system needs. His athleticism and finishing ability will certainly be useful at Stamford Bridge and he would definitely be a good investment for the future as well. 

Tottenham Hotspur 

Tottenham’s dependence on Harry Kane over the years has been extremely worrying and the presence of Spanish forward Fernando Llorente has a backup to the prolific Englishman certainly hasn’t worked out quite as planned. 

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Maxi Gomez can be the perfect player for Spurs as he has the ability and versatility to play just behind Harry Kane and really prosper. His powerful running will complement Kane’s abilities and even if they do stick to playing with one up-front, he has enough quality to challenge Harry for the starting role.

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Chelsea would strike gold by signing any of these 3 players to replace Mateo Kovacic – including this 20-year-old Ligue 1 prodigy

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Chelsea Opinion: These 3 players are all good alternatives to Kovacic

Chelsea’s first season under the managership of former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri has been far from a fairy tale. Although it began with a great unbeaten run, off late, their attacking vulnerabilities have come to light in their apparent inability to score goals.

Having drawn blanks in many games this season, Chelsea’s midfield has been blamed time and again because they’re unable to provide any real passes of meaning. With sideways movement and back-passes becoming a highlight of Chelsea’s play, a change is certainly in order.

To make matters worse, Mateo Kovacic is yet to open his scoring account for the Blues. With only a small part of the season left, whether or not he will return to Madrid remains a mystery and it’s one that Chelsea can’t afford take a risk on.

Bringing in an able replacement would certainly be in the best interest of the club.

Here are the 3 players that Chelsea can bring in to replace Kovacic next season:

Kerem Demirbay

The German international midfield player is currently employed by Hoffenheim in Bundesliga but has showcased his supreme quality on enough occasions to warrant a move to one of Europe’s biggest clubs.

Excellent on the ball and with sublime vision from midfield, the 25-year-old would slot right into the middle of the Chelsea core and could easily replicate the 4 goals and 4 assists that he’s got from 18 Bundesliga appearances this season.

Houssem Aouar

Olympique Lyon’s midfield prodigy Aouar has been touted for great things in the future given his amazing dribbling and ball control abilities. Added to the fact that he is displays such amazing quality at just 20, should be enough motivation for the Blues to make a move for him.

Having scored 6 and assisted 6 from his 27 Ligue 1 appearances this term, the French youth international is known for his work rate and would be the perfect partner for Chelsea’s midfield engine N’Golo Kante.

Mahmoud Dahoud

Another young German star being developed by Borussia Dortmund’s endless production line of a youth academy, Dahoud is said to be the complete midfield who is both supremely talented on the ball and is also adept at reading play off it.

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With just 18 appearances all season for Dortmund, the youngster could be tempted with the possibility of more game time at Chelsea and with an attacking manager like Maurizio Sarri at the helm, the talented 23-year-old can only grow from here.

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Bournemouth signing this versatile 20-year-old PL ace on loan would propel them to a top-eight finish next season

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Bournemouth Opinion: Cherries would strike gold by signing Mason Mount

According to the Sun, Bournemouth are leading the race to sign Chelsea starlet Mason Mount on loan next season, with manager Eddie Howe keen on acquiring the services of the Englishman in a bid to bolster his midfield options.

Mount has impressed on loan at Derby County this season in the Championship, accumulating 6 goals and 3 assists from a total of 32 appearances in all competitions.

This is not the first time that Mount has enjoyed a fruitful loan spell away from Stamford Bridge, with the 20-year-old making a name for himself with 14 goals and 9 assists at Vitesse Arnhem in the Eredivisie last term.

The midfielder’s scintillating form in the Championship earned him a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s senior England squad last year and a loan spell at a mid-table Premier League club like Bournemouth should be the next stage in his development.

However, if Chelsea’s two-window transfer ban remains in place even after the appeal, Mount might enjoy first-team minutes at Stamford Bridge next season as the Blues will not be able to sign Real Madrid loanee Mateo Kovacic permanently.

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Regarded as a technically-gifted and tactically-versatile midfielder, Mount has featured on the left of Frank Lampard’s 4-3-3 at Derby this season but he is equally suited to a No.10 role behind the striker.

Pace and trickery on the ball, tactical responsibility, sharpness, agility and creativity – Mount has it all to make the grade at Bournemouth, with the Cherries currently struggling for stability in the middle of the park.

The youngster knows how to retain possession well, move the ball around and find the right pass, with his vision and intelligence often making him a dangerous presence in the middle of the park.

Not only is he capable of creating opportunities with defence-splitting passes but he is also equally adept at tracking back to help his team cut out the attacks.

Mount is a good crosser as well, and his work-rate coupled with his eye for goal from long-range and set-piece ability should make him a wonderful addition to Bournemouth’s squad.

The Cherries have been hit hard by the long-term injury to Lewis Cook, leaving Howe with Andrew Surman and Dan Gosling as the only options to partner star man Jefferson Lerma at the heart of midfield.

Filled with the exuberance of youth, Mount’s energetic presence in the middle of the park, qualities on the ball and his knack of creating chances should definitely come handy for the Cherries next season.

Mount is an immensely talented footballer and would increase competition for places in the first-team, whilst also adding valuable depth to the squad.

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Bournemouth need to bring in a few fresh faces in the summer to enhance their chances of a top-eight finish next season and Mason Mount is capable of making the step up to the Premier League.

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