Predicted Chelsea XI to play Newcastle United - Mata to miss out

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Match to be played on Saturday 2nd November 2013 at 12:45. Venue: St. James' Park, Newcastle.

Chelsea will be looking to back up a good win away at Arsenal in the League Cup, when they travel to the North East this Saturday to face Newcastle United.

Several Chelsea players have given Jose Mourinho a bit of a headache over who to use in the game because so many of the current first team squad are in good form and pushing for regular football.

Chelsea could go to the top of the table with a win, which would mark a decent start to the season for the West London side.

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Here is the side Mourinho may go with.

GK – Petr Cech

Cech had a rest during the week as Mark Schwarzer came in for the League Cup game against Arsenal. Expect the Czech to retain his position in the Premier League side. He’s a very experienced goalkeeper and provides the defence with a lot of confidence, knowing they have someone so solid behind them.

RB – Branislav Ivanovic

Ivanovic should continue on the right hand side of defence although Cesar Azpilicueta had a great game against Arsenal. Ivanovic is the primary right-back at the club at the moment and there’s no reason to drop him for this game.

CB – Gary Cahill

Cahill suffered a little bit with cramp against the Gunners but he’s back in the side and seems to be in good form. He’ll be a good option for Chelsea against the fast paced attacking play Newcastle are capable of, plus he provides a threat at the other end of the pitch.

CB – John Terry

Terry’s experience is always vital in big games like this. He’s a natural leader on the pitch for his side and he seems to have adjusted well with Cahill’s pace able to compensate for when Terry gets caught up the field.

LB – Ashley Cole

Cole is one of the best in the business when it comes to getting down the left hand side of the pitch. He’s competent going forward and has plenty of experience when he’s being put under pressure by a winger or another attacking member of the opposition.

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RM – Andre Schurrle

Schurrle grabbed a goal against Manchester City last weekend so his confidence will be high at the moment. He’s a good option to have on the right and plays sensible football.

DM – John Obi Mikel

Mikel worked well with Michael Essien in closing out the Arsenal attack on Tuesday night. Mourinho may give him the chance to come into the side and protect the back four. He’s capable of getting stuck in and breaking up the player, feeding the more attacking players.

CM – Frank Lampard

Lampard will be fresh for this game having not played against Arsenal. He’s another Chelsea man who has a great deal of experience, which will be important in a hostile atmosphere. Lampard can make a variety of runs from deep, getting into good attacking positions.

AM – Oscar

It’s harsh on Juan Mata if Oscar gets the nod for this game but the Brazilian is unlikely to be dropped after a solid 90 minutes against Manchester City. He’s got a great ability to play short passes and sensible football, always looking to feed one of the forwards.

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LM – Eden Hazard

Hazard should line up on the left of the midfield, sticking out wide, coming inside and generally making a nuisance of himself for the opposition. The Belgian is very good on the ball and can play anywhere across the midfield.

ST – Fernando Torres

The Spaniard should lead the attack after grabbing the winner against City last weekend. Torres is looking more like his old self this season and seems to have found a way he can be effective leading the Chelsea attack, which has been criticised at times this season.

What do you think? Should Mata start? What about Ramires?

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