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Mourinho To Make 4 Changes: Predicted Chelsea Starting XI To Face Arsenal

Chelsea will look to get their Premier League season back on track against Arsenal on Saturday afternoon. Here is the side I think Jose Mourinho will pick:

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John Terry: Left Out

Chelsea will look to get their Premier League season back on track against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon. Here is the side I think Jose Mourinho will pick:

Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois has been ruled out for the foreseeable future after knee surgery so Asmir Begovic will once again deputise in goal.

Defence: Mourinho left-out Branislav Ivanovic for last night’s 4-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv but although Baba Rahman did well-enough on his full debut, I think we’ll see the Serb come back in which will mean Cesar Azpilicueta moving across to left-back.

Gary Cahill came back in to the side last night with John Terry left among the substitutes and I think Mourinho may also be tempted to leave his skipper out against Arsenal. Theo Walcott is almost certain to start up front for the Gunners and it would be suicide to put Terry up against his pace, so Kurt Zouma seems the more logical choice.

Midfield: Nemanja Matic is another who was left out against Maccabi but he’s expected to be recalled on Saturday with Ruben Loftus-Cheek dropping out despite his encouraging display in Europe. Cesc Fabregas was back in form last night so expect him to start against his former club.

Attack: Willian appears to have been ruled out after picking up a hamstring injury while Pedro is also set to miss out with a thigh injury, so Mourinho has limited options in attack.

Ramires made a successful return last night so we could see him from the start to offer protection against the likes of Alexis Sanchez down the wing. Diego Costa came off the bench to score last night and I expect he’ll be back up front on Saturday along with Eden Hazard and Oscar.

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

Check out our predicted Arsenal line-up here

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



  1. princesuccess

    September 18, 2015 at 7:27 am

    Mourinho drop ivanovic for the next 20 march

  2. wilson ogene emmanuel

    September 18, 2015 at 9:47 am

    ivanovich should be droped if we are to stop conceding more goals, baba rahman should be given the chance to prove himself in this team or it will be a waste if the special one dont start playing rahman now. He has the speed, he is strong, he is confident of himself and above all he is still young and he have a lot to offer.

  3. samuel

    September 18, 2015 at 11:46 am

    There are some blind people there who can’t note where Chelsea problem is,Ivanovic out and Cahill and Zouma should start as centrebacks.

  4. Legend

    September 18, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Loftus-cheek in midfield with Matic, Fab to play in front with less defensive duties. Traore to be brought in place of Ramires. Sorry these boys can win the Saturday match against Arsenal. 4-3-3 formation ideal to contain Arsenal.


    September 18, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    our weekest link is ivanovic…..


    September 18, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    ivanovic out… dat simple…..all wat he knows is puting hands on his bck n conceding goals…mxm

  7. shorlary

    September 18, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Iva…….novic shuld be on the bench mou try ramires ,d mikel in midfield and see wat appens I beat my chest that we will win that match. Well mou irrespective of who you use we are winning th match.

  8. lekima

    September 18, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Chelsea should let ivanovic rest an make asplicueta get back to the right back and use keneny as left back

  9. smart

    September 18, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    please special one, don’t start ivanovic against arsenal, I prefer azplicueta and baba rahman , bcus of Sanchez…

  10. E'Henry

    September 18, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    Honestly, I don’t see any good in Ivanovic & Fabrigas that Mourinho sees or any soccer pundit to even predict them in the starting line up. If a lay person like me in a third world country can see that, how about mourinho the guineou. The idea of giving these two the benefit of doubt is costing chelsea & it might cost mourinho his job. I assure the football fraternity that if Fabrigas & Ivanovic start tomorrow then that’s another loss for chelsea. If anyone dares to disagree, then let’s wait & see.

  11. peter agba

    September 18, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    l think mourinho have to be carefull in sellecting players so that it cause him his job

  12. paulriches

    September 18, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    the major prob. Chelsea hv is ivanovic so morinho should drop hm. Wise 1 pls play Remy 4 me

  13. Williams

    September 18, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    Hazard Should Stay On The Bench.Baba Should Start Oscar,pedro Stay On The Frangs That My Sugestion What Did You Say

  14. Nkosingiphile

    September 18, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    Plz special one just drop fabr ivano matic start the game Oscar hazard n put the young Brazil boi keyn

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