Predicted Chelsea Starting XI To Face Cardiff

By on October 17, 2013

Chelsea entertain Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon hoping to end the weekend top of the Premier League table.

The Blues head into the weekend action sitting third – two points behind Arsenal and Liverpool – so Jose Mourinho’s men can climb to the summit if other results go their way.

The west Londoners don’t appear to have picked up any injury problems following the international break, so Mourinho should have almost a full-strength squad to choose from.

Eden Hazard may find himself on the bench as he will be lacking in match practice having missed the last four weeks through injury. The Belgian international may have found it difficult to force his way back into the starting eleven even if fully fit, such is the form of Andre Schurrle and Juan Mata.

Schurrle scored a stunning hat-trick for Germany on Tuesday night while Mata also got himself on the score-sheet for Spain, so the pair are expected to retain their places in attack.

With Fernando Torres injured, Samuel Eto’o could once again spearhead the front line with Oscar playing just behind. Frank Lampard was a late substitute for England on Tuesday and is likely to start this weekend alongside Ramires in midfield.

Here is the team we think will take to the field at the Bridge:

What do you think about our team? What would your starting eleven be? Share your suggestions below.

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21 Comments

  1. Omolade Fatiu

    October 17, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    But why not Mikel instead of Lampard and also Betrand instead of Cole, because Cole is already week he is not playing well this season @all

    • Dj sav

      October 18, 2013 at 2:57 am

      Bertron will stat as cole has a back injury, Luiz, Oscar, and Ramires will be rested for Shalka on Tuesday it will be either Debryne or Willian even Hazard is available
      Cfc for life

      • nameless

        October 18, 2013 at 7:18 am

        Dj sav you love raping names don’t you?

  2. lukaku

    October 17, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Willian should play, also azpilicuete, both dind’t have to travel and are fresh. betrand should also start. and I would use David Luiz as a dm… we need more speed. I would sell mata, great player but doesn’t fit in the way jose is used to play.

  3. adebayo aliyu

    October 17, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    well try ur best mou

  4. law

    October 17, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    long way morino should use fresh leeg

  5. law

    October 17, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    long way morino should use fresh leg

  6. BALOGUN HORLAHMELAYCON

    October 17, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    let d best player b on d field 2 give d team d maximum point dey deserve

  7. sam

    October 17, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Willian @ RW, Oscar / Essien with Ramirez nd Mata in center along with Schurrle in LW! Ba as a striker

  8. sam

    October 17, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    KDB sud also be given chance, I wud play em with Ramirez ..he cud be our deep lying playmaker that Chelsea is missing!

  9. DAMOSKY

    October 18, 2013 at 1:59 am

    I think azpilicueta and bertrand should start ahead of ivanovic and cole respectively. First eleven goes thus, cech,azpilicueta,luiz,terry,bertrand,ramires,lampard,mata,oscar,schrulle,ba.Sub:-hazard,de bruyne,mikel,cahill,ivanovic,willian,eto’o

    • collins Lex

      October 18, 2013 at 12:14 pm

      cech,azpilicueta,luiz,cahill,bertrand,ramires,mikel,willian,hazard,de
      bruyne,Eto’o

  10. Athan

    October 18, 2013 at 3:27 am

    I think its high time mourinho give kevin de bruyne , cezar and essien slots to playing the epl this season. This match should be one that they all need to play, not forgetting bertrand. Cole need some time to rest for sure after all ucl is 2 day after. more so i wonder why the 30 million player is still playing from the bench, or should I say jose bought him for capital one cup?

  11. iyke

    October 18, 2013 at 6:38 am

    we have champions leage wensday,my first eleven in this match, cech, luis ,cahil,cesar,betrand,essien, lampard, kevin,wiliam, mata, ba . wish u guys all the best ,chelsea for life.

  12. Julius Chigwegwe

    October 18, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Jose should play his cards well. Chelsea will play Cardiff on 19.10.13, Shake 04 on 22.10.13, Man City on 27.10.13 and Arsenal on 29.10.13 (Capital cup.)that is 4 games in 10 days. By so doing, he needs to play his cards wisely. just for Cardiff game why not playing Betrand, Azpillicueta,Essein,Willian and De Bruyne and rest Cole,Ivanovic,Ramires,Oscar and Hazard

  13. Aujonia

    October 18, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Nxt week tuesday is champions league, and a must win match likewise tomorrow’s EPL against Cardiff city, Mou shud use the best at the moment which mind is as thus: …. Peter C, Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Bertrand, Mata, Ramires, Mikel, Shurrel, Ba, Oscar. (SUB. Hazard, Willian, Kevin, Eto, Mark) prediction: 3 v 0

  14. Godswill

    October 18, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Let mou allow willian 2 play full tim let see his performance

  15. Vince

    October 18, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Cech
    Azpi, Luiz, Terry, Bertrand
    Mikel, Lampard
    Willian, de Bruyne, Schurrle
    Ba

    If you pay £8mil for Azpiliqueta, £32mil for Willian, £19mil for Shurrle, de Bruyne, Bertrand and Ba has shown what they can do, give them the chance, they need the game time, surely you have to expect them to win us a game against cardiff(all do respect)

  16. silazetemma

    October 18, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Shurrle & cole is out injured mourinho confirm diz @d press conference so my line up shuld be cech, terry, luiz, azpilicueta, bartrand, mikel, ramirez, oscar, mata, willian, torres

  17. moseswhite

    October 18, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    I will play ceaser, luiz, cahil,bentrad,
    Mikel ramires Oscar mata hazard E.too

  18. eddie whelan

    October 19, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Play mata central. Bring back Cahill. Get Willian more involved

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