Mourinho Makes 2 Changes: Predicted Chelsea Starting XI To Face Arsenal

By on October 3, 2014

Premier League leaders Chelsea welcome London rivals Arsenal to Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon. Here is the team I think Jose Mourinho will pick:

Goalkeeper: Mourinho has gone with Thibaut Courtois as his No.1 this season so I can’t see him recalling Petr Cech for such a big game.

Defence: Filipe Luis got a rare run-out against Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday but I think we’ll see Cesar Azpilicueta restored to the starting eleven this weekend. Otherwise Mourinho is expected to stick with his usual back four of Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill and John Terry.

Midfield: Cesc Fabregas will face-up against his former side for the first time as a Chelsea player and the Spaniard is expected to once again play next to Nemanja Matic in midfield, with the pair forging an impressive partnership already this season. Ramires is out injured so Mourinho couldn’t even add a bit of steel to his midfield if he wanted to deploy Fabrgeas a little further forward.

Attacker: Mourinho has already confirmed that Diego Costa will start, despite concerns over his ability to play successive games due to a troublesome hamstring problem. Eden Hazard is a cert to start and I think we’ll see Mourinho bring in Willian for his work rate while Oscar should start after producing some fine goal-scoring performances in recent weeks.

See our predicted Arsenal starting XI here

So this is how I think Mourinho will line-up his side against the Gunners:

What do you think of the team? What side would you put out?

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21 Comments

  1. Friday Sunday

    October 3, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    I believe that with this team chelsea will win by 3 goals to 1.

  2. Dindara

    October 3, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    Yeah i like that startin xi very much bt azplicueta to be change by luis

  3. Dindara

    October 3, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Nice i hope chelsea wil fire guner 6 0 to remind the of last year game at standford bridge

  4. obaro sunday

    October 4, 2014 at 1:07 am

    chelsea1 vs arsenal0…goal oscar

  5. pedro boss

    October 4, 2014 at 4:20 am

    with dis kind of squad chelsea are going hard in dis game

  6. Akot john

    October 4, 2014 at 4:36 am

    I think this is really line up who will beat arsenal 8.0 or 4.0 lol my fellow fans for blue let us wait and see I hope we are going to break their unbeaten

  7. MAGUTA JB

    October 4, 2014 at 4:40 am

    I hope the Blues will fire the Gunners as they did to Everton.

  8. samuel simwambi

    October 4, 2014 at 6:55 am

    The ve to maintain the played against astoni villa chelsea will hammer ansenal 3nil

  9. Richard Tommy

    October 4, 2014 at 6:56 am

    Let him pair MIKEL with MATIC and push FABRAGAS up front to replace WILLIAN inorder to bring defensive stability to the team. If this is achieved, CHELSEA will keep clean sheet with 3 nill victory. ….UP BLUES TILL SATAN REPENT.

  10. Ebi tijani

    October 4, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Dts a gud pridiction all we need is 2 win d match

  11. henry

    October 4, 2014 at 8:36 am

    the lineup is realy a good one. We must win

  12. kingsley michael

    October 4, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Nice formation.. I surely bliv chelsea wil win arsenal.. I dnt kia abt hw many qoalz we wil score or conced al i knw z dt afta 90munites we wil qo wit 3point.

  13. Eng. oladele

    October 4, 2014 at 9:18 am

    You will be surprise when arsenal will beat chelsea 2-1

  14. E-SMART

    October 4, 2014 at 9:37 am

    I can’t say hw many goal we re going to gve them but i am sure it wil reach up to three goals the BLUES 4EVER

  15. Sunday Afuye

    October 4, 2014 at 10:30 am

    CHELSEA FC IS WINING BY 7-2

  16. ifeanyi ifyboy ibe

    October 4, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Chelsea will beat them… Awesome line up

  17. Elikia Rockyman

    October 4, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    as achelsea fan am giving awallop de blues wil win 5nil

  18. John.imole

    October 4, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    CHELSEA 5 ARS 2

  19. Josephat Ogoti Nyamboga

    October 4, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    ARSENAL2,CHELSEA1

  20. Casmir chinedu

    October 4, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Arsenal will cry go back to there home tomorrow. What mighty mancity didn’t stop hw do you think that arsenal will stop it?

  21. hoyewhaley

    October 5, 2014 at 6:47 am

    Chelsea 3 vs Arsenal 1

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