Predicted Chelsea XI to play Stoke City - Mata to continue?

Stoke Britannia Stadium

Match to be played on Saturday 7th December 2013 at 15:00. Venue: Britannia Stadium, Stoke.

Jose Mourinho has big decisions to make ahead of Chelsea's match with Stoke, based around Wednesday's hard-fought win away to Sunderland.

A third match in seven days means there is likely to be more rotation, and players who have featured in two games already having a potential rest in front of them against a Stoke side who are battling for survival.

The problem of course, is how do Chelsea change a side which have scored seven times in two games, and remain as effective.

Crucial to their wins has been Juan Mata, who has created nine goalscoring opportunities during the two performances.

We believe if Oscar was fully fit then the Spaniard may be rested by Mourinho but given he did not even make the bench against Sunderland thanks to a slight ankle injury, it may be too much of a push to start him on Saturday.

Here is how we expect Chelsea to line their side up...

                       Cech

Ivanovic   Cahill    Terry  Cole

            Mikel      Ramires

Schurrle      Mata     Hazard

                    Ba

The side contains the same backline, as we expect Cole to be given another chance at left-back, while David Luiz is still nursing a knee problem.

Jon Obi Mikel should replace Frank Lampard to offer more protection to the defence, who won't want another busy day as they endured at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday.

In attack Demba Ba has been pushing for a start and this is the week we believe he gets it, while Andre Schurrle has also been waiting patiently and we can see him coming in for Willian, and playing on the right.

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