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Hiddink Makes 7 Changes: Predicted Chelsea Starting XI vs Scunthorpe

Chelsea will look to book their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup when they entertain Scunthorpe at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Here is our predicted team.


Chelsea will look to book their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup when they entertain Scunthorpe United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon. Here is the side we think Guus Hiddink will select for the game:

Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois is set to be given a rest with Asmir Begovic coming back in between the sticks.

Defence: Hiddink is likely to make a couple of changes at the back too with the fit-again Gary Cahill coming in for Kurt Zouma to start alongside John Terry at the heart of defence.

Baba Rahman is expected to start at  left-back with Cesar Azpilicueta given a breather but Branislav Ivanovic should keep his place at right-back.

Midfield: Cesc Fabregas is likely to be rested so Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be given a rare start in midfield while Nemanja Matic could come in for John Obi Mikel after the Serbian international was left on the bench last time out.

Attack: Both Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao are out injured so Hiddink doesn’t have too many options up front. Therefore, Diego Costa is likely to lead the line once again.

Eden Hazard has been ruled out for the next two games with a groin injury so Pedro Rodriguez is expected to start while Ramires could come in to the team with Willian given a breather. Oscar could keep his place despite having a bust-up with team-mate Costa in training this week.

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

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 What do you think of the line-up? What would be your team?




    January 8, 2016 at 10:15 pm


  2. Athan

    January 8, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    When are we gonna start using our youth players for competitions like this? Always afraid of defeat, still we go on being defeated. Why can’t we use the likes of kenedy, Charly musanda, Bretrand troure etc to execute this game? Why Costa, Oscar, Pedro, Terry, when we have a tough game against Westbrom fews days after?

  3. Darlington j

    January 9, 2016 at 6:06 am

    pls pls….Pedro n Costa should b drop please manager, we HV young guyz like Kennedy, traore n even beford is dere ooo….please giv dose guyz chance to prov for u hidiik n u will see d outcome……jos go n watch dere match against Stoke city u will see dose guyz performance ….please give dem chance n drop dose old cangos…..xpecially Costa cox am sure e will fight or get a yellow card today…….

  4. Joshua

    January 9, 2016 at 6:12 am

    Lets use players with full energy and rest the regular starters.
    we have big fixtures coming

  5. Owonla

    January 9, 2016 at 6:42 am

    pls change d square and use d fresh milk for today and see wat dy wil prove to u. instead of pressuring d first teamg

  6. Onya Ogadinma

    January 9, 2016 at 6:50 am

    Chelsea has the quality to beat any opponent regardless the formation , who started but, our players must play with 100% commitments.

  7. edwin

    January 9, 2016 at 8:33 am

    give Kennedy chance plz

  8. Tee-solo

    January 9, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Pls giv our young talent a chance 2 shine in a blue shirt not to b sent out on loan.

  9. S.k Believer

    January 9, 2016 at 10:11 am

    our regular starters should be given some rest n let the young ones exhibit their talent on games like dis for dem to mature. kennedy, loftus-cheek, troure, baba n co

  10. Nwabueze

    January 9, 2016 at 10:39 am


  11. Tatenda tee

    January 9, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Surely chelsea dnt have tu waste money buying yung players becoz they dont use them

  12. Caleb

    January 9, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    We are rich with young talents!.. bt they only help us break records in sending them out on loan!… I think that policy will in the near future discourage many to become Blue…

  13. Ebuka

    January 9, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    The young shall grow by giving them chance to prove them selves, some of those boys came because they love to play for chelsea, so loan issue is a disapointment to them.

  14. Nsikak udo

    January 9, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Give the young lads chance to proove themselves.

  15. Igwe Onyekachi

    January 9, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Begovic, Rahman, Cahill, Zouma, Ivanovic, Mikel, Loftus Cheek, Kennedy, Musonda, Traore, Bamford
    and we have a win.

  16. simon

    January 10, 2016 at 5:46 am

    look at how our conteders aseno have uplifted young players like bellerin and campbell wae dont we change whole entire team and we leave cahill to play and see whether he is still in form

  17. simon

    January 10, 2016 at 5:48 am

    our first eleven needs rest they have fatigued over december and remember tight shedule is coming soon

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