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Predicted Chelsea Starting XI To Take On Sunderland – Cole To Start?

Chelsea take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday looking to close the gap at the top of the Premier League. Here’s a predicted starting line-up.

Chelsea take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday evening looking to close the gap on Premier League leaders Arsenal.

Boss Jose Mourinho confirmed at his press conference on Tuesday that midfielder Oscar has been ruled out of the game after suffering an ankle injury last time out, so Juan Mata should get the chance to impress in his preferred central position.

With Mata moving inside it could see Andre Schurrle being given the opportunity to come in on the left with Eden Hazard continuing on the right hand side at the attack.

Frank Lampard may also get a recall having been among the subs at the weekend with Michael Essien likely to miss out following a disappointing outing against Southampton.

Mourinho also confirmed that Ashley Cole will start one of the next two games after seeing Cesar Azpilicueta take his starting berth at left-back, and I think the Portuguese coach may opt to start the England man against Sunderland and bring Azpilicueta back in for the trip to Stoke City.

Samuel Eto’o is back in the squad after recovering from a leg injury quicker than expected, but Fernando Torres may retain his place up front.

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

What do you think of our line-up? What team would you go with? Share your suggestions below.



  1. Soloist Nuhu

    December 3, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Cech,cole,ivan,cahil,Aplicueta,mikel,Remirez,mata,Hazard,williams, Tores

  2. Soloist Nuhu

    December 3, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Cech,cole,Ivan,cahil,Aplicueta, Remirez,mikel,Hazard,williams, Mata, Tores

    • Justice

      December 4, 2013 at 6:33 am

      9ice predictn….

  3. Monday Ajah.

    December 3, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Good line up, but ommitted mikel, so my starting line up. Cech, Terry, Ivanovic, Cole, Mikel, Ramires, Mata, Hazard, Schurrle, Torres. Sub, Ba, Willian, Azpilicueta, Lampard, Swuazer. Mourinho should give enough resting time to Oscar.

  4. chris

    December 3, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    We will win this martch but only if we will drop lampard

  5. Damian

    December 4, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Lampard to me should play one match and rest for three matches his old he should give d young and fresh blood a chance and tink of how to start his coaching career my line is cech, Cole,terry, ivanovic, aziplicueta, mikel, ramires, hazard, Mata , William , torres .

  6. happy emmanuel asukwo

    December 4, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Up chelsea my favourite lineup 4 2day match against sunderland z, cech, terry,cahill, ivanovic,cole,ramires,mikel,hazard,mata,schurrle n ‘TORRES’

  7. udoka kristian

    December 4, 2013 at 2:31 am

    For pace and flavor of the futbol pls use
    give Ivanovic and Lampard rest time

  8. wedzerai chinyanganga

    December 4, 2013 at 10:25 am

    my lineup cech,ivanovich,tery,cahill,core,mikel,ramires,hazard,mata,Ba,tores m sure results will come

  9. wedzerai chinyanganga

    December 4, 2013 at 10:35 am

    i wish if jose cant try and employ eto,o behind striker tores


    oscar and hazard should not play together shld rotate they are both selfish,if u hev noticed our strikers score wen one of them z out,eto brace hazard waz out,ba scored oscar was out

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