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Stoke vs Chelsea: Predicted Starting XI’s – Torres Dropped?

Chelsea take on Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday afternoon looking to close the gap at the top of the League. Here are the predicted line-ups:

Chelsea take on Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday afternoon looking to close the gap at the top of the League.

With Arsenal facing a tricky test against Everton on Sunday, Chelsea could apply the pressure by picking up all three points against the Potters and move to within a single point of their rivals.

Boss Jose Mourinho was happy with his sides performances in Wednesday’s dramatic 4-3 win over Sunderland but is expected to make a few changes in order to keep his players fresh during this busy period.

David Luiz was close to a comeback in midweek so he will replace Gary Cahill in defence if he proves his fitness ahead of Saturday’s kick-off. Ashley Cole is also expected to start having missed out against the Black Cats with Mourinho previously confirming the left-back will play in one of this weeks fixtures.

Andre Schurrle could also get a chance to impress in attack while Demba Ba, or possibly even Samuel Eto’o, may come in for Fernando Torres – who was hauled off after just 65 minutes in midweek after a disappointing display. Frank Lampard may get a breather in midfield with John Obi Mikel returning.

Here are the predicted line-ups:

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What do you think of the line-ups? What would your team be? Share your suggestions below.



  1. peter o

    December 5, 2013 at 11:22 pm


  2. Josh

    December 5, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    1) Petr Cech 2) Branislav Ivanovic 3) Ashley Cole 4) John Terry (Capt) 5) Gary Cahill 6) John Obi Mikel 7) Juan Mata 8) Ramires 9) Demba Ba 10) Oscar 11) Eden Hazard 12) Andre Schurrle 14) Fernando Torres 15) Willian 16) Cesar Azpilicueta 17) Frank Lampard 18) Kevin De Bruyne 19) Mark Schwarzer (GK)

  3. Dennis Oletukovie

    December 6, 2013 at 12:00 am

    My line up:
    Azpi, Luiz, Terry, Cole,
    Mikel, Lampard,
    Schurle, Mata, Hazard,

    • Sharif Hamisi

      December 6, 2013 at 6:00 am

      Dat’z a fantastic squad Deno, i lyk dat, u r vry right if Mou, goez with dat. Mou, should start Azpi, in da right n c wat support dat guy gives to da attackers, n azpi has a vry good cross dan Ivanovic, Mou pliz go with Deno’z squad no doubt we wil win it. Sharu bluez 4 real

  4. Dennis Oletukovie

    December 6, 2013 at 12:01 am

    My line up:
    Azpi, Luiz, Terry, Cole,
    Mikel, Lampard,
    Willian, Mata, Hazard,

  5. Sir Titus

    December 6, 2013 at 12:04 am

    It’s good shaa

  6. Joseph everlastinlove

    December 6, 2013 at 2:51 am

    Chel team of the week 1 cech azil lius cahil cole obi ramires willian mata hazzard ba

  7. venus megzy

    December 6, 2013 at 4:24 am

    My own formation. From Nigeria

    Gk mark schwarzer
    Defence: ivanovic liuz cahill cole
    Mikel Ramires Hazard Mata Willian


    Scores stoke 1 Chelsea 4

  8. Nigel

    December 6, 2013 at 5:12 am

    Azpi; Cahill ; Terry; Cole
    Ramieres; Luiz
    Willian; Mata; Hazard
    Subs: Swatz; Ivanovic; Lampard; Schurrle; Torres; Mikel; Eto

  9. sanni qudus

    December 6, 2013 at 5:13 am

    my own info 1.cech 2.ivanovic 3.azpillicueta 4.mikkel*ramirez 5.cahil 6.luiz.7willian 9. Ba 10 mata nd 11 hazarz predict score 3*0 bst of web

  10. 4lan

    December 6, 2013 at 5:53 am

    Moeinho pls get Ramires,Iva,Terry nd oscar sm important rest nd giv Ba a rare start. . .Cech; Axpi,Cahil,Luiz,Cole; Mikel,Lampard; Shurrle,Mata,Hazard; Ba

  11. udeme aduak

    December 6, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Ivan … Cahil…terry…azpi
    luiz… mikel… Ramirez

  12. Shoggy D

    December 6, 2013 at 8:37 am

    You all can keep on predicting lineups all you want but as for me, I’m done wasting my time. Mou will always likely start Ivanovic, Lampard and Oscar, no matter how fatigued they are. Sometimes I wonder why we have such a great squad depth when we won’t use it to our advantage? Twiitter @Shoggy_dee

  13. Julius Chigwegwe

    December 6, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Azpi Luiz Terry Cole

    Mikel Essien

    De bruyne Willian Schurrle
    pliz rest Hazard, Ramires and Ivanovic. there is UEFA on Wedsday.

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