Predicted Chelsea Starting XI To Take On Southampton

By on November 29, 2013

Chelsea take on Southampton on Sunday afternoon hoping to close the gap at the top of the Premier League.

The Blues could be as much as seven points adrift of leaders Arsenal by the time they kick off so victory over the Saints will be vital in keeping pace with the Gunners.

Jose Mourinho is expected to make some changes to his starting line-up after admitting his team looked tired during Tuesday’s 1-0 Champions League defeat to FC Basel.


The Chelsea boss has hinted Ashley Cole could be restored to the starting eleven this weekend after being left out in recent weeks, which could see Cesar Azpilicueta drop out.

Frank Lampard could get a rest after starting in midweek, while Fernando Torres is almost certain to come in after Samuel Eto’o was forced off with a muscle injury against Basel that’s likely to keep him out for around two weeks.

The big decision for Jose is who to start in attack behind the Spaniard. Juan Mata and Andre Schurrle were unused subs in midweek so could be given a chance to impress as they’ll be fresh, while Eden Hazard only played the final 35 minutes.

This would see Oscar – who was excellent against West Ham last weekend – given a well-earned rest as he was withdrawn in the 55th minute on Tuesday after a rather lethargic display.

Here’s the starting line-up Mourinho could go with:

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



  1. peter o

    November 29, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    cech. ivanovic. cahill.terry. cole. mike. essien. schurlle. mata. william. torress

  2. ebuka paul

    November 29, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    If Mourinho. Need win in his match he start using mata ,mata is a fantastic player that every club need in their term so let mourinho to start using him let him give mata a try for one month and see

    • femi fred

      November 30, 2013 at 7:23 am

      gud talk we fans want mata 2play every time 2 time tanks

  3. ebuka paul

    November 29, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    cech. ivanovic. cahill.terry. cole. mike. essien.
    Kevi dbruy. mata. william. torress

  4. ebuka paul

    November 29, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    If mouinho need winning in his team let hem start using mata ,let him give mata a try for a month

  5. edwin peter o

    November 29, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    mata should please come place of lampard

  6. olokodana adebowale

    November 29, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Mouhinho should try using mata for a month. He is a good player an a creative player. Pls mouhinho use the best player mata.

  7. Nsek

    November 29, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    If only joe will start with de man dat MATA wining iz sure.

  8. Tau

    November 29, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    How can u drop mata and put yo faith in ageing lampard mou, pliz let mata play 4 e sack of cheis

  9. benjaminsprint77

    November 29, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Mata is needed 4 sure.

  10. A A Sadiq

    November 29, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    pls use mata in 2moros march we need him is 2 good 2 b on bench pls

  11. ogunte awaji-iroiwan

    November 29, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    if we need winning. wat are we wasting time 4? Let bring back mata to the squad he is a good player to assist without assisting there is no goal so we hv to do it fast b4 is too late pls jose.


    November 29, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    De pardet lineup ok b/c mata is in letsee de defari

  13. simon

    November 30, 2013 at 5:06 am

    jose pls use mata if u really want consistence win, lampard is a legend but is time way past, so giv dis

  14. simon

    November 30, 2013 at 5:08 am

    jose pls use mata if u really want consistence win, lampard is a legend but is time way past, so giv dis young playmaker chance to showcase wat they r capable of, likes of debruyne fantastic player with foot work.

  15. Offia cyprian

    November 30, 2013 at 5:47 am

    Jose, Used Mata becos he create space but no wait, so used mikel and Remiras to chock the mid field so that Mata will create the chance for striker to score.

  16. Yinka Omikunle

    November 30, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Am one of those always wanting Mata to play all the time during the last 2 seasons. But I will not say, without him, Chelseafc can’t win matches. Gud, there had been wins without him. Don’t force Mata on the team. Let him come in naturally to play his role. Choose between Mata and Chelseafc.

  17. Sir Titus

    November 30, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Wat a marvelous formation. How i wish he mourinho could play with this wonderful formation.

  18. Ayinde sodeeq

    November 30, 2013 at 10:37 am

    mata is a superb player.pls,mou start him 2morrow alongside hazad,there will b a change

  19. eddy idowu

    November 30, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    morinho or what ever they call him.d man is a stupid coach by benching a playmaker which is mata.and play lampard, he is old man wit calamity,lampard is fine player befor not now,pls play mata and win ur game.

  20. hassan michael

    December 1, 2013 at 5:53 am

    mourinho pls use mata for Gods sake

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