Mourinho Makes 3 Changes: Predicted Chelsea Starting XI To Face Stoke

By on April 2, 2015

Chelsea will look to tighten their grip at the top of the Premier League table when they face Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening. Here is the side I think Jose Mourinho will select:

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech picked up a knock while away with the Czech Republic but Mourinho was expected to stick with Thibaut Courtois in any case.

Defence: The Blues have no fresh injury worries in defence so Mourinho is likely to stick with his first choice back four. That will see Cesar Azpilicueta come in for Filipe Luis at left-back while Gary Cahill should partner John Terry in the middle of defence. Branislav Ivanovic has been one of the most consistent performers this season and there’s no reason to think he won’t continue at right-back.

Midfield: Nemanja Matic scored a sensational goal for Serbia during the international break and the midfielder will once again sit in the holding role for Chelsea this weekend. Cesc Fabregas is likely to play alongside him, although Mourinho could be tempted to go with Ramires to counter the physical presence of the Stoke team.

Attack: If Fabregas does play deeper then Oscar should start in attack along with the ever-reliable Willian, while Eden Hazard is expected to play despite admitting he’s starting to feel jaded after a long season. Diego Costa picked up a hamstring injury against Hull and is likely to miss out on Saturday, so Loic Remy could lead the attack after coming off the bench to score the winner last time out.

Here is how I think we’ll see Chelsea line-up:

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15 Comments

  1. seun

    April 2, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    courtois, terry zouma, ivanovic, azpilicueta, matic,fabregas, willian, cuadrado, hazard n remy

  2. ABEL

    April 3, 2015 at 5:43 am

    I think the information is OK by me

  3. Ogundipe ajibola emmanuel

    April 3, 2015 at 8:26 am

    I fink the formation is ok for the team he want 2 play with right now

  4. Pereotubo Bibobra

    April 3, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Jose u have the best selection against stoke.

  5. Pereotubo Bibobra

    April 3, 2015 at 9:10 am

    I luv CFC all time. Praises to the wise coach ever seeing in the club.

  6. sunkanmi

    April 3, 2015 at 10:06 am

    I op Costa play

  7. sunkanmi

    April 3, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Costa shd pls go for highest goal scorer

  8. Alvin Dennis

    April 3, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Chelsea must win in ordered to keep it top, the premier league is so difficult. not time to lose.

  9. p mark vakun

    April 3, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    courtouis ,Ivan,Cesar,jt, Cahill, cesc, matic, William, Remy, Oscar, the boss (hazard)

  10. p mark vakun

    April 3, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    tomorrow game is two goals to one for the blue

  11. Amoz Machogu

    April 3, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    I belief the champion of 2@14/2@15 season is Chelsea.They deserve it,because,from the onset or word go,they have on top of the table and prolific.They are also in good form,winning games,minded spirit.Stokey by all means cannot deny chelsea three points.

  12. noah busienei

    April 3, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    i thin’ coudrado should start first,willianshould be benched.

  13. RAPHOMI

    April 3, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Gud,formation…chelsea will see off stoke 2mao…up cfc,up MOURIHO

  14. nduka emuruwuo j.

    April 3, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    i love cech, ivanovic, luis, zuoma, terry, mikel, coudrado, william, oscar, hazard and remy.

  15. Manjisco

    April 3, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Great selection.dis is d time players should play as a team.gud luck

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