Confirmed - Chelsea line-up v Manchester City: Wonderkid starts

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Chelsea are preparing to take on Manchester City in a post-season friendly in the USA.

Post-season friendlies are a new one for Premier League clubs, criticised recently by England manager Roy Hodgson ahead of the upcoming international fixtures.

Chelsea and Manchester City have both traveled to the USA where they will face each other imminently in St Louis.

The starting line-up for the Blues has been confirmed, and there is a chance for highly rated teenage midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek to rub shoulders with international stars in what is unofficially his first team debut.

Young Danish defender Andreas Christensen. also a star of Chelsea's NextGen Series side also starts.

Here is the line-up:

Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Christensen, Cole; Mikel, Loftus-Cheek; Azpilicueta, Mata, Benayoun; Ba.

And here is how Manchester City line-up, also handing chances to young stars Karim Rekik and Albert Rusnak.:

Hart, Clichy, Rekik, Kompany, Zabaleta, Garcia, Silva, Y Toure Aguero, Tevez, Rusnak.

The Chelsea press-office tweeted this picture of the stadium before kick-off:

image: © Ben Sutherland

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