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Chelsea vs Corinthians Preview, Team News, Likely Line-up & Predicted Score

Chelsea play South American champions Corinthians in the final of the Club World Cup on Sunday. Here is a preview, team news likely line-ups and predicted score

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Chelsea will play South American champions Corinthians in the final of the Club World Cup in Japan on Sunday morning.

The European champions reached the final after easily seeing-off Monterrey 3-1 in Yokohama on Thursday, with both Juan Mata and Fernando Torres getting on the scoresheet.

Interim boss Rafa Benitez has the chance to win a piece of silverware despite only been in charge at Stamford Bridge for under a month. The Spaniard will be keen to add the World Club Cup title to his CV having narrowly missed out on the trophy when his Liverpool side lost to Sao Paulo in 2007.

Corinthians are a decent side though and will prove to be tough opposition for the Premier League side. The Brazilians booked their place in the final with a 1-0 win over African champions Al Ahly on Wednesday.

Team News

Chelsea have picked up no fresh injury concerns following the midweek win so Rafa Benitez has the same squad to choose from.

It’s expected that he will field the same starting line-up which means David Luiz will continue to play in midfield after impressing against Monterrey in that role on Wednesday. This would mean Frank Lampard would have to wait to make his long-awaited comeback from a calf injury.

Fernando Torres is expected to continue up front as he looks to add to his recent goal-haul that’s seen him score five in his last three games in all competitions.

Captain John Terry, Oriol Romeu and Daniel Sturride are all back in London recovering from injuries.

Team News

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Predicted Score

While Corinthians are expected to put up more of a fight than Monterrey and will no doubt bring their ‘samba flair’ to the game, Chelsea should have too much for the Brazilians and we can see the Blues winning the game and bringing the World Club Cup trophy back to London. Chelsea 2-0 Corinthians

What would your team be and what’s your score prediction? Get involved in the comments section below.

33 Comments

33 Comments

  1. Alan Frank

    December 15, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    I would play the same team listed but would definitely replace Mikel with Ramires next to David Luiz.

  2. Sircarma

    December 15, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    3-1 in favour of chelsea

  3. Hassan

    December 15, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Cech,cole,iva,cahil,cesar,mikel,luiz,moses,oscar,hazard,and torres

  4. Cfcclw12

    December 15, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    100% with alan frank

  5. kess

    December 15, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Why take mata out? Cfc’s best player with 1 goal & assist 4 d last match. Dats not making sense.

  6. kess

    December 15, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Remires & luiz can’t play d holding 4 position very well, cos dey like going forward which will expose us. We nid only 1 of the 2 with mikel. Τ̅☺ get a bal game

  7. Hussaini

    December 15, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    @ Kess… tnx as u speaks my mind, fielding dos 2 2geda is suicide.

  8. Hussaini

    December 15, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    3-0 in chelsea’s favor.

  9. adeniyi henry

    December 15, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Pls let introduce marko marin 2 da squad da moses.

  10. Ajayi Abiodun fadagutrie

    December 16, 2012 at 3:16 am

    It is only God can save us out of the samba playing style, in today’s game against the deadly corinthians

  11. kelechi

    December 16, 2012 at 3:33 am

    chelsea 4 vs corinthians 1

  12. Victor emue

    December 16, 2012 at 3:35 am

    4 – 1 In favour of chelsea and Rafa such bring mako marin to replace oscar.

  13. RASHMAN

    December 16, 2012 at 3:45 am

    By GODS grace were are going to dft coritians by 3=0 to ntng

  14. Emmanuel

    December 16, 2012 at 4:04 am

    Chelsea wil win d match

  15. oscar olatiboye

    December 16, 2012 at 4:51 am

    torres, hazard, mata, oscar, luiz, mikel, ivan, cahill, az, cole. Chec. Imagin what will happen, moses, macho biggest sub. Chel 4-1 chat

  16. Faithel

    December 16, 2012 at 4:54 am

    Chelsea will win the game 2-0

  17. Filamemt

    December 16, 2012 at 5:03 am

    Why do u omit mata from dat match cos i see him as man of d match guys think b4 sending comment nxt tym.

  18. Michael Angelo

    December 16, 2012 at 5:29 am

    No Mata no Chelsea,so u cant bench him in place of moses nor marin

  19. samuel

    December 16, 2012 at 5:36 am

    chelsea 2 corinthians 1

  20. Longe seun

    December 16, 2012 at 5:52 am

    Chelsea 5 – 1 Corinthian likely line-up : cech, azpil, ivan, cahill, cole, mikel, luiz, mata, oscar, hazard, torres. Subtitution are : moses, lampard, marin, betrand.

  21. Paul peter agbatse

    December 16, 2012 at 6:11 am

    Yes up chelsea 2 Corinthians 1, likely lineup. Czech, Iva, Cole, Liz, cahil, Oscar, mikel, Mata, apiculta, torres, hazard.

  22. Jeancy liene

    December 16, 2012 at 6:28 am

    i’ll expect to see cech,iva,cole, cahil,azp,luiz,ramires,oscar,mata,hazard,torres . sub:moses,bertran,lampard,mikel,marrin.then comes the victory 3‐0 for the blues.

  23. Olusorgar

    December 16, 2012 at 6:37 am

    @ if you are the coach then you’ve lost without even starting..mikel with ramires?..so if the two bump forward as usual, u’l be left to lick your wounds..lets face reality, forget he is slow, “nobody does it better than Mikel”..simply the best.

  24. Manuel mandah

    December 16, 2012 at 6:47 am

    Bring on marin instead of oscar and moses,chelsea 4ever.

  25. Julius Chigwegwe

    December 16, 2012 at 7:17 am

    the rest is ok but we need Ramires in defensive midfield

  26. ogah emmanuel

    December 16, 2012 at 7:59 am

    I wil go wit Cech.. Iva..Luiz..Cahil..Cole.. Mikel..Ramires.. Hazard.. Oscar..Mata..Torres. Prediction Chelsea 3 Corinthians 0

  27. Idowu adewole zaria kaduna

    December 16, 2012 at 8:40 am

    I think based on form in d last 2 weeks chelsea shld win by 7-0 but we need 2 keep xperimentin david louis in holdin midfield role nd us oscar has supportin striker 2 learn 4rm torres cos of d nations cup 2condy we need lampard in dis game as well as vitor moses 2 stampid d opunentz defence. I stil hate rafa

  28. Green

    December 16, 2012 at 9:45 am

    I just hope chelsea will win today match

  29. justice

    December 16, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Chelsea can win,buh it will be difficult 4 dem to beat corinthians.

  30. braziluk

    December 16, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Oscar just called Benitez crazy on Brazilina TV

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