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FA Cup: Predicted Chelsea Starting XI To Play Derby

Chelsea take on high-flying Championship outfit Derby County on Sunday afternoon in the third round of the FA Cup. Here is our predicted starting line-up:

Samuel Eto'o

Chelsea take on high-flying Championship outfit Derby County on Sunday afternoon in the third round of the FA Cup.

Jose Mourinho is expected to make several changes to his starting line-up and rest some of his key men for the game.

Mark Schwarzer is likely to feature in goal while David Luiz should get a recall having sat out Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Southampton through suspension, with captain John Terry the man most likely to drop out.

Youngster Tomas Kalas could also get a rare start while Cesar Azpilicueta should continue at right-back with Branislav Ivanovic ruled out through injury.

Veteran Michael Essien could also start with Frank Lampard ruled out, while Willian and Andre Schurrle may get the nod in attack alongside Oscar. Eden Hazard could get a rest and Juan Mata is unlikely to feature after reacting badly to being subbed on Wednesday.

Samuel Eto’o is expected to start up front in place of Fernando Torres, although Demba Ba is also pushing for a recall. Here is our predicted line-up:

What do you think of our team? What eleven would you go with? Share your views below.



  1. chukszy

    January 3, 2014 at 2:39 am

    Chelsea head coach should have given young nigeria right back a chance to show his talent in fa cup on sunday.

  2. Toeseen aiyedogbon

    January 3, 2014 at 3:28 am

    I expect juan mata to be in this game

  3. Confido

    January 3, 2014 at 4:06 am

    Let mata be included in d game o

  4. Stephen kituku

    January 3, 2014 at 4:17 am

    Jose u have wasted mata.he is a creative nt a defensive player,let him go,

  5. Fadhil.

    January 3, 2014 at 4:57 am

    Jose u have personal isues wth mata.let mata leave ur wasting ur talent u dont belong 2 da bench u belong 2 da field any team u go.

  6. Fadhil emanuel pallangyo.

    January 3, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Mata go chelsea ar talent wasters they didnt discoverd matic talent its y they dd a bid in luiz transfer.

  7. chimazuru

    January 3, 2014 at 6:38 am

    Mou, mata reaction is nt too bad, nobody should judge him on dt, give mata a chance 2 show case his talent, he belong 2 d field always.

  8. kenneth

    January 3, 2014 at 7:10 am

    Mou should play mata and he should not allow mata to leave because mata is very creative and creates chances in games against tottenham, arsenal e.t.c

  9. shimax francis

    January 3, 2014 at 7:10 am

    Mata should b patient n learn from spurs Adebayor.

  10. sammy

    January 3, 2014 at 7:18 am

    If mata cant get d startin shirt i tink he beta leave… Bt wi gona mis u.. Mata…

  11. dannyoung

    January 3, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Mourinho, give De Bruyne & Mata a chance to prove their selves.

  12. Peter

    January 3, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Line up include mark, aplicu. Luiz.terry,a. Cole, ess.lamp. Adrew., eto, mata

  13. DANNY

    January 3, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Mou, what hav mata done to you, that is bad ,why are u wasting a whole mata talent,think of it ,if it is u ,tel me how wil u react,

  14. DANNY

    January 3, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Mark , aziplecueta , cole , luiz , cahil , hazard , mikel mata , shurlle ,willian ,eto’o .don’t ever alow mata to leave stamford bridge ,mata is a player any other club’s wil lik to hav. .

  15. U bertin

    January 3, 2014 at 11:19 am

    William and Oscar are very very good to create a goal than Mata !

  16. afili boy

    January 3, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Jose why did u waste Engr Mata carrier in as u come back 2 Chelsea team. Allow hime 2 go

  17. kelechi

    January 3, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Mata no mata mou kwn wat he wht 4rm a player tak a luk on sampton vs chelsea match, mata ws subtited nd d game change

  18. Samuel

    January 3, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    This is not the real team. It will be a different thing entirely. Up chelsea

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