Rudiger and Mount among the players to make way as Tuchel rotation strikes again |

Chelsea face Everton in the first of two Premier League matches to take place on Monday evening.

Kick-off at Stamford Bridge is at 18:00 GMT.

Both clubs are right in the mix for a UEFA Champions League qualification spot, sitting fourth and fifth in the Premier League table going into tonight’s game.

Chelsea sit second in the form table from the point of Thomas Tuchel’s appointment and are still undefeated under their new head coach.

The Blues’ upturn in results has attracted plenty of interest in the Fantasy Premier League world, with Mason Mount the second-most-bought FPL asset of Gameweek 27.

Unfortunately for Mount’s new owners, he is only among the substitutes in west London this evening.

Tuchel has proved to be a tricky man to second-guess when it comes to team selection, with the swift turnaround between Gameweeks 26 and 27 always looking like a recipe for rotation.

Changes have duly arrived, with Mount and the hitherto ever-present Antonio Rudiger among the five players who drop out of the starting XI.

Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante and Hakim Ziyech also make way, with Kurt Zouma, Marcos Alonso, Mateo Kovacic, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Kai Havertz recalled.

The fit-again Thiago Silva is among the substitutes, with Rudiger’s benching meaning that Cesar Azpilicueta is now the only Chelsea player who has started all nine Premier League games under Tuchel.

As for Everton, there are two changes from the side that began the win at West Brom.

Gylfi Sigurdsson and Allan are back in the starting XI, with Bernard dropping to the bench and Abdoulaye Doucoure not featuring in the matchday squad at all.

Tom Davies is fit enough to be on the bench after injury but James Rodriguez is absent once again with a calf problem.

Richarlison is Everton’s form player going into the match at Stamford Bridge, having scored four goals in as many fixtures ahead of tonight’s clash – that’s twice as many as Dominic Calvert-Lewin has managed from Gameweek 12 onwards.

Chelsea XI: Mendy, Zouma, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Alonso, Jorginho, Kovacic, James, Hudson-Odoi, Havertz, Werner.

Everton XI: Pickford, Godfrey, Keane, Holgate, Digne, Gomes, Allan, Iwobi, Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.

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