Chelsea picked up their ninth straight Premier League win courtesy of a 1-0 success over a resilient West Brom on Sunday.
Antonio Conte’s side struggled to break the Baggies down at Stamford Bridge, but Diego Costa produced a moment of brilliance to net his 12th goal of the season, and secure the points for the hosts.
It meant that they reclaimed top spot from Arsenal, who had reached the summit after beating Stoke on Saturday, and have retained their three point lead over the Gunners going into the midweek fixtures.
Midweek games are somewhat of an unknown for Chelsea this season, given their lack of European action, yet a trip to David Moyes’ Sunderland will give them a chance to open up a sizable gap at the top of the table.
However, the Black Cats have been somewhat resurgent in the last few weeks, excluding their 3-0 defeat at Swansea on Saturday, winning three of their last five league games, including their last two at the Stadium of Light.
Nonetheless, Chelsea will go in as favourites against the league’s bottom side, and Conte may be tempted, with a lunchtime kick-off against Crystal Palace on Saturday to follow, to make a few changes to his team.
Thus, here are THREE players who deserve a chance on Wednesday…