Chelsea vs Man Utd – Predicted Starting XI’s For The Big Game

By on January 17, 2014

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Chelsea welcome champions Manchester United to Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon for this weekends stand-out fixture.

The Blues splashed the cash again this week with the signing of Nemanja Matic from Benfica. The 25-year-old will be in the squad this weekend but Jose Mourinho has already confirmed the Serbian international won’t start.

Frank Lampard will be in the squad after recovering from a muscle injury, but he may be kept in reserve after three weeks on the sidelines with David Luiz possibly continuing his role in midfield alongside Ramires.

This would leave Gary Cahill to start with John Terry at the back, but Branislav Ivanovic remains out meaning Cesar Azpilicueta will play at right-back.

Fernando Torres appears to be Mourinho’s first choice centre-forward so should start ahead of Samuel Eto’o, while Willian is slowly cementing himself as a regular in the first team as well and is expected to start in attack with Oscar and Eden Hazard.

As for United they arrive in the Capital with a whole host of injury problems. David Moyes confirmed this afternoon that Wayne Rooney has returned to training following his warm-weather break, but the Chelsea game will come too soon for him as he continues to recover from a groin injury.

Rooney will therefore join Robin van Persie on the sidelines meaning Moyes will be without his two first choice strikers for the game. Danny Welbeck should lead in the line in their absence with Shinji Kagawa and Adnan Januzaj in support.

Moyes also has problems at the back with Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Rio Ferdinand all doubts. If the trio fail to make the trip, Chris Smalling will start alongside Nemanja Vidic at the back.

Here are our predicted line-ups:

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28 Comments

  1. mmaduakolam samuel

    January 17, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    nice formation for chelsea. with this guys we will eliminate uniteed at brigde on sunday

    • Olawale

      January 18, 2014 at 11:10 pm

      Let wait and see, as a manchester united vans I have hope in my club that my team can do it.

  2. eziboy

    January 17, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    my line up goes 2 cech,, terry, cahil, azpilicueta, cole, mikel, ramires, oscar, hazard, william, nd torres tnx 2 jose morinho mentality… win d match k

  3. Ubani lucky

    January 17, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    I expect degea,rapheal,smalling,vidic,evra,januzaj,carick,fellaini,valencia,kagawa,chicharito.To make the line up.

    • Olawale

      January 18, 2014 at 11:12 pm

      Instead of use webek as striker I’m believe in chicarito.

  4. ENIEKEBI

    January 17, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    I thin dat of chelsea futuring is a good one.we can win d game if he use dat lineup

  5. ENIEKEBI

    January 17, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    I think dat of chelsea futuring is a good one.we can win d game if he use dat lineup

  6. kelvin o

    January 17, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Chelsea wil win d game if jose use dat futuring.

  7. Aussiehopper

    January 17, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    NOT Cleverly? he has proved time and time again he is not good enough.

  8. Maele saizi

    January 17, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Cech,Cahill,azpiliqueta, terry, A.cole,mikel,ramires, wilian, hazard,oscar and torres this my line-up

    • man like

      January 18, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      I agree, really it should be fletcher

  9. Alex

    January 17, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Better.chelsea 3-0 man utd

  10. olajide samuel

    January 17, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    I dnt tink man u can beat chelsea wit dat squard

  11. Eko

    January 17, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Chelsea is going 2 win man u by 2, 0

  12. JawneR

    January 17, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Chelsea-0 Man u-2..welbeck 45+4,90+4

  13. Chukzy

    January 17, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Jose give matic a chance to prove his instinct

  14. Yazeed khaleed

    January 18, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Absence of Rooney will make janujaz 44 to play better, chelsea 1=2 man utd

  15. abdullahi

    January 18, 2014 at 1:05 am

    I expert mouriho to use mata in man u match

  16. michael carter

    January 18, 2014 at 2:44 am

    If na lineups head to head then chelsea go caRry the game bt I am intending to collect three for man utd on sunday

  17. elias

    January 18, 2014 at 4:38 am

    with dat line up chelsea is winning by 2 goals

  18. dosky imsu

    January 18, 2014 at 5:16 am

    Jose need d match but I think man.u need it most. but with d form of d 2 teams u know d best 4 now. but as u know football is unpredictable so let’s wait till Sunday 6: 45

  19. dosky imsu

    January 18, 2014 at 5:19 am

    Jose need d match but I think moyes need it most. but with d form of d 2 teams u know d best 4 now. but as u know football is unpredictable so let’s wait till Sunday 6: 45

  20. femi dollars one

    January 18, 2014 at 6:04 am

    chelsea is a win man u 3 -1

  21. bony

    January 18, 2014 at 6:45 am

    Cech, Terry, Cahil, Apzi, Cole, Lampard, Ramirez, Hazard, Willian, Mata and Torres

  22. Tony Joe

    January 18, 2014 at 7:06 am

    I expect Jose to use Juan Mata against Man U

  23. Samuel

    January 18, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Mikel and Mata holds the winner against any United team so forget Luiz has he his not a good midfield player. Watch ur post haters. Thanks!

  24. Lebex

    January 19, 2014 at 10:11 am

    My lineup..de.gea,vidic,evans,rafael,evra,carick,januzaj,kagawa,valencia…JAVIER HARNANDEX CHICHARITO….and d win is sure….manU-2-1chelsea

  25. Lebex

    January 19, 2014 at 10:16 am

    My team lineup…degea,vidic,evans,rafael,evra,charick,cleverley januzaj,kagawa,valencia…CHICHARITO..and d win is sure 2utd-1chelsea

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