Mourinho Makes 2 Changes: Predicted Chelsea Starting XI To Face Arsenal

By on April 24, 2015

Chelsea will look to take a huge step towards reclaiming the Premier League title when they face Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon. Here is the side I think Jose Mourinho will select:

Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois is expected to retain his place between the sticks with Petr Cech once again on the bench.

Defence: The Blues have no fresh injury worries in defence so Mourinho is expected to stick with his first choice back four. That will see Cesar Azpilicueta retain his place ahead of Filipe Luis at left-back while Gary Cahill should start alongside skipper John Terry in the middle of defence. Branislav Ivanovic will complete the back four with the Serbian international starting at right-back.

Midfield: Mourinho started Kurt Zouma in midfield against Man Utd last week to help counter the physical threat of Marouane Fellaini. However, Arsenal pose a different kind of threat so I think we might see Ramires brought in alongside Matic as his work-rate will be important against the movement of Ozil, Sanchez and Cazorla.

Attack: Cesc Fabregas is expected to play slightly further forward which may see Oscar drop out and Willian brought in to help support Eden Hazard in attack.

Diego Costa will be given a late fitness test but I think a place on the bench is the best he can hope for so Didier Drogba is expected to start up front despite picking up a minor ankle injury in midweek. Loic Remy is remains out with a calf problem.

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

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CHECK OUT OUR PREDICTED ARSENAL LINE-UP HERE

What do you think? What line-up would you like to see start?

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3 Comments

  1. Unionjack

    April 25, 2015 at 12:41 am

    I hope Solanke is in for Drogs and he comes on really late with fresh legs. And Zouma is in for Cahill.

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  3. nwabueze

    April 25, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Use solanke istead of Drogba

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