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Predicted Chelsea Starting XI To Face Sunderland – Cole & Lampard To Start?

Chelsea travel north to take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday night in the quarter final’s of the Capital One Cup. Here is our predicted line-up

Chelsea travel north to take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday night in the quarter final’s of the Capital One Cup.

The Blues warmed up for the game with a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday and Jose Mourinho is set to reshuffle his squad for this League Cup clash.

Mark Schwarzer is likely to step in for Petr Cech in goal while John Terry will be rested ahead of Monday’s trip to the Emirates to take on leaders Arsenal, so Gary Cahill should return to play alongside David Luiz in defence.

Ashley Cole is expected to start at left-back with Cesar Azpilicueta potentially switching to his more familiar right-back slot so Branislav Ivanovic can have a breather. John Obi Mikel and Frank Lampard didn’t feature against Palace at the weekend so should start in midfield, while Kevin De Bruyne and Andre Schurrle could get a start in attack.

Oscar was a second half substitute on Saturday so is expected to play from the start and Samuel Eto’o may be the man to spearhead the front-line with Fernando Torres dropping out.

Here is our predicted line-up:

What do you think of our team? What would your line-up be? Share your views below.



  1. Kunle

    December 16, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    I think demba Ba should start instead of samuel eto’o,and mata should also start in place of kevin. The back four looks great and midfield quite impressive with mikel and lampard.

    • Samuel

      December 17, 2013 at 8:26 am

      Why do you think Kevin should sit down again after all this months on the bench. You must be wicked.

  2. Uchman

    December 16, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Go for killer instinct ma Chelsea. We re good to go.

  3. Ibro

    December 16, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Nice formation and well solid defence,but MATA would have start this match.Demba ba instead of Samuel Eto’o.Keep winning chelsea

  4. Nankat

    December 17, 2013 at 1:59 am

    Mata @ Ba shal start,but is a good 1.

  5. Aimax

    December 17, 2013 at 2:14 am

    That’s great! It’s a nice rotation. Well, samuel is very much fresher than Ba. Up Chelsea!

  6. hazard

    December 17, 2013 at 6:08 am


  7. ololade

    December 17, 2013 at 6:29 am

    i tink mou should start demba ba upfront today ahead of eto’o

  8. Benjamin uba

    December 17, 2013 at 7:28 am

    Is a nice formation. But i thought mata would have start before kevin D. and BA aginest Eto. The sky always blue, blues 4rever 2- 1 chelsea win

  9. olasoji lawal

    December 17, 2013 at 9:28 am

    God formation i like it. Up chelsae

  10. oscar prince thankgod

    December 17, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Mata will plary


    December 17, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Wat a wonderfull, great 1.

  12. abubakarmadugu

    December 17, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Ba instill of e’to

  13. femi

    April 11, 2014 at 10:21 am

    up blues i wont mou. To start torres & mike the senter wit lampard

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