Chelsea Team News & Predicted Starting XI To Play FC Basel

By on November 25, 2013

Chelsea travelled to Switzerland on Monday afternoon in preparation for their Champions League clash with FC Basel tomorrow night.

The Blues will be hoping for a win to secure qualification to the knockout stages but boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed that they have been forced to leave defender David Luiz back in London after he picked up a knee injury.

It means that Gary Cahill will continue to partner John Terry at the heart of defence, while Ashley Cole could get a recall after missing out in recent weeks.

The good news is that striker Fernando Torres has travelled with the rest of the squad and is expected to start up front with Samuel Eto’o dropping out. Juan Mata could be recalled to the starting eleven after being named on the bench for Saturday’s 3-0 win over West Ham, while Oscar should keep his place alongside Eden Hazard in attack after an excellent outing at Upton Park.

John Obi Mikel is expected to retain his place in midfield with him sitting alongside Jose Mourinho for Monday’s press conference, so Frank Lampard may get a rest after a superb goal-scoring display at the weekend.

Here’s our predicted team:

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


  1. jibson gabirel

    November 25, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    I love chelsea becoz chelsea real fans to me

  2. Shinar

    November 25, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    If the starting line up could be like that it would be okay……..#TRUE BLUES

  3. oskalez

    November 25, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    The predicted starting XI is ok…up blues…which d team best of luck in swiss

  4. pankdraxler

    November 26, 2013 at 12:07 am

    go chelsea you are winners already.

  5. Salman

    November 26, 2013 at 7:00 am

    Boss should rest lampard and let mata to join hazard&oscar. Torres must start ahead of Eto’o

  6. Ejisco

    November 26, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Lets lampard rest and mikel should play alongside with Ramires and mata should join oscar and hazard, then Torres up front. Up chelsea

  7. Ezeworld2

    November 26, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Gud one,go blues no club like chelseafc

  8. Ejehsunday

    November 26, 2013 at 10:07 am

    God go help

  9. jimoh opeyemi

    November 26, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    up blues, go for goal.

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