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Mourinho To Make 7 Changes: Predicted Chelsea Starting XI To Face Newcastle

Chelsea will look to close the gap at the top of the table when they take on Newcastle on Saturday. Here’s the side I think Jose Mourinho will pick:

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Chelsea will look to close the gap at the top of the table when they take on Newcastle at St James’ Park on Saturday. 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 is expected to make some changes to the side that beat Walsall in the Capital One Cup and that could mean John Terry once again dropping to the bench. The skipper has fallen out-of-favour in recent weeks so Kurt Zouma could start alongside Gary Cahill at the back.

Branislav Ivanovic should keep his place on the right side of defence with Cesar Azpilicueta coming back in to replace Baba Rahman on the left.

Midfield: Ruben Loftus-Cheek did well again last night but the youngster will make way for Nemanja Matic while Cesc Fabregas should replace John Obi Mikel in the middle of the park.

Attack: Diego Costa will continue his three-match suspension after being hit with a violent conduct charge by the FA so Mourinho has a decision to make as to who will start up front. Radamel Falcao drew a blank against Walsall last night while Loic Remy found the back of the net so the Frenchman may get the nod up top.

Pedro, Oscar and Eden Hazard are all set for recalls after being rested in the League Cup so Kenedy is set to drop out despite the Brazilian youngster getting himself on the score-sheet.

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

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

14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. Edogiaworie Marvis

    September 24, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Its a great Substitute, but the Negative movement of Ivanovic is annoying. I believe he should be put on loan! gosh
    its stink to see Chelsea players been defeated by a local club.

  2. Alfred Agile

    September 25, 2015 at 1:43 am

    Chelsea wasted money to buy Diego costa. He spends time the pitch looking for uho to beat

    • samuel

      September 25, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      You mean you don’t have something else in your mind to comment,

  3. Julius Chigwegwe

    September 25, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Ivanovic when approached by any striker he always retreats back to 18 area.Is he a centre back? Please replace him with Azpilicueta and put Baba Rahman on the left. If you want him to play try to pair him with Matic at defensive. I note he can do better than on right back.On the other end, Fabregas is a good player and uses brain than any other player at Chelsea but the position he is played defensive is not his place because he is not good in running,fissic and tackles. He need number 10 and replace him with Cheek or Ramires

  4. hodges Mophat

    September 25, 2015 at 7:27 am

    de line up is gud bt ceaser prefered right n baba left.bras need. bench

  5. SODEEQ

    September 25, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Make jose 2 gv JT 1st have chance

  6. sanusi haruna

    September 25, 2015 at 7:49 am

    gud n das x wat we hve bt abdul Rahman mst replace branislav ivanovic

  7. Ibe Emeka

    September 25, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Mou, pls give Baba left flank and rest lva.

  8. Promise uche

    September 25, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Am so pain dat mourinho is yet to spot our midfield deficiencies, barcelona are smart enough to let fabregas go. An attacking midfielding should be scoring lot of goals and not just a filty excuse of assist. BIG SHAME

  9. Effiong

    September 25, 2015 at 11:42 am

    IVANOVIC shuld b benchd n Rahman starts. Ivanovic shld b plied 2 centre bck. I fink he z tired f runnin.

  10. omegayeminho

    September 25, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Any which way we are winning that match

  11. samuel

    September 25, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    It’s a good lineup no need any change,for Baba still he hasn’t catch up well the reason Mourinho still preferring Ivanovic and Azpilicuetta as full backs.

  12. Bishal

    September 25, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    I Want Ivanovic To Replace By Baba & Falcao In The Field

  13. chizzy nwaigwe

    September 25, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Fabregas is not giving his best, we need players that can score and win tackles if we must win

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