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Team News & Predicted Chelsea Starting XI To Face Basel

Chelsea kick off their 2013/14 Champions League campaign on Wednesday night when they welcome FC Basel to Stamford Bridge. Here’s team news and a predicted team

Chelsea kick off their 2013/14 Champions League campaign on Wednesday night when they welcome FC Basel to Stamford Bridge.

It will be Jose Mourinho’s first European game since returning to west London and he’ll be keen to get off to a positive start against the Swiss champions.

Mourinho gave the clubs official website the latest team news on Tuesday afternoon and it seems the club have no fresh injury worries to contend with and he’s got a fully fit squad to choose from. The Portuguese coach did reveal that Frank Lampard and Oscar will start the game, saying:

‘No injuries at all. Everybody is fit,’

‘I just spoke with a couple of players individually about the game tomorrow. A couple of players know they are going to start, and the players I spoke to, I tell you, because they know. Lampard and Oscar, all the others I didn’t speak to.’

Chelsea lost 1-0 to Everton on Saturday so Jose may elect to make a few more changes. David Luiz was picked out for criticism for his performance at Goodison Park so Gary Cahill may come in to play alongside John Terry at the back.

Samuel Eto’o was also off-form on his debut so Fernando Torres could be restored to the starting line-up on Wednesday. Juan Mata has found himself on the bench during the opening games of the season and he was hauled off after just 60 minutes during a rare start on Saturday so the Spaniard may be the one to make way for Oscar in attack. Here is my predicted line-up for the Basel game:

We’ll have a full match preview up on Wednesday, but for now let us know what your line-up would be for the game? Leave your suggestions below.



  1. kunleola

    September 17, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    jose said four under-22 player will start so my line-up goes like this cech ivanovic cahill luiz cole lampard van ginkel oscar hazard debrunye ba

  2. kunleola

    September 17, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    your line-up is wrong ramirez miss next match

  3. dolapo tella attoni

    September 18, 2013 at 12:08 am

    It appears u ain’t informed. Remires wouldn’t play owing to previous card issued last season. So that brings mikel if his fit

  4. Pipo

    September 18, 2013 at 12:40 am

    Cech ivanovic cahil luiz Cole ginkel lampard Oscar willIan eto

  5. yah lateef

    September 18, 2013 at 12:49 am

    mourinho becareful i want u to perform well,b/cause championsleague or premiership is not a strange game for u.

  6. collins Lex

    September 18, 2013 at 1:48 am

    My own line up is
    Cech, aspilicueta , cahil, luiz, Cole, Van Ginkel, Lampard,
    Oscar ,WillIan, Eto’o. But I will like 2 see Hazard start with Willian

  7. collins Lex

    September 18, 2013 at 1:50 am

    My own line up is
    Cech, Aspilicueta , Cahill, Luiz, Cole, Van
    Ginkel, Lampard,
    Oscar ,WillIan, Eto’o. But I will like to see Hazard
    start together with Willian.

  8. emma

    September 18, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Wrong starting xi… For under 22 will start, No Ramires for tomorrow.. So our xi will be… Cech ivanovic- cahil-luiz-bertrand-mikel-lampard-de bryune-oscar-hazard-ba

  9. Dennis Oletukovie

    September 18, 2013 at 4:23 am

    I suggest ds line up: Cech, aspi, cahil, luiz, betrand, lamp, mikel, willian, Oscar, Mata, tores.

  10. Cfc mgr

    September 18, 2013 at 4:37 am

    My line up- swaza, azpli,teri,cahil,cole,
    mikel lampd, ginkel, osca,torez,willm

  11. Abiodun

    September 18, 2013 at 6:36 am


  12. dhoyeen

    September 18, 2013 at 6:52 am

    the line-up for me :Cech;Ivanovic,Terry,Cahill,Cole:Lampard,William: Debruyne,Oscar,Hazard:Torres

  13. kech

    September 18, 2013 at 7:42 am

    I will rather go for cech,ivanovic,terry,cahill,cole,mikel,lampard,hazard,oscar,willian,torres

  14. Miracle Godwin

    September 18, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Cech luiz cahil ivan acole mikel lampard william oscar harzard eto’o

  15. zaayid

    September 18, 2013 at 8:15 am

    guys who is under 22 ?? bring four of them
    predicted line up
    check cahil luiz asplecuate bartrand lampard van ginkle de brune oscar and eto
    so van gilk oscar de brune and splecuate all are 22 yrs and under my be im wrong lets se what jose did to night.

  16. wydus

    September 18, 2013 at 8:17 am


  17. Antonio

    September 18, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Dis nt a mata of unda 22,yrs, dis is UEFA, xo let playaz play, mine is Apiliqueta,Luiz,Ivanovic,Cole /most impotant, Mikel, Oscar,Hazard,Lampard,Willian, wit Ba, up Front, i thnk dts d best

  18. wydus

    September 18, 2013 at 8:24 am


  19. Desmond E

    September 18, 2013 at 8:36 am

    4-2-3-1 Cech, ivanovic, luiz, cahil, cole, mikel, lampard, hazard, oscar, willian nd eto’o. Sub: lampardvan gin, willand buye nd oscar torres

  20. ikechukwu ukonu

    September 18, 2013 at 11:45 am

    How come nbdy mentioned kalas. For me i think its… Schwarzer,azpilicueta,cahill,kalas,cole,van ginkel,lampard,oscar,willian,de bryne and ba

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