Predicted Chelsea XI to play Swansea City: Eto'o and Torres OUT, who comes in?

Match to be played on Thursday 26th December 2013 at 15:00. Venue: Stamford Bridge, London.

Chelsea will have been the happier side coming away from the Emirates with a point, but will have to concentrate to avoid another league slip-up against Swansea.

The Blues have been tested in their last 4 games, recording two tight wins against Palace and Sunderland, a tight loss at Stoke and a heavily defended point against Arsenal. So, Mourinho will be looking for his side to show their title credentials against a good Swansea side.

Swansea will come into the game with little expectation and usually this is when sides can be at their most dangerous. Swansea have collected 8 points from a possible 18 in their last 6 games, which includes disappointing draws to both Hull and Norwich. They did, however, pull off an mini-upset against an in-form Newcastle, beating them 3-0 and proving Chelsea will still need to be aware of their threat.

Here is how we predict the side will line-up:


Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta

Ramires, Lampard

Willian, Mata, Hazard



We predict there will be two player changes and a system change to the side that played Arsenal. With Torres making way for Schurrle and opting for a more attacking line-up, Mata in for Mikel.

I don't think Mourinho will needlessly tamper with the defence that performed so admirably against Arsenal and opting to line-up with the same back 5. I can only see changes being made if niggling injuries become apparent, to which Cole and Luiz would be ready to step in.

It's likely there will be a system change for Chelsea, going back to their more attacking line-up at home. I expect to see the Ramires and Lampard partnership sitting behind the attacking trio of Willian, Mata and Hazard. I expect the Belgian to be up for the game against Swansea with the ball-boy incident still fresh in the fans and players mind.

We could see a change in personnel upfront. Another disappointing evening for Torres at the Emirates and the uninspiring Eto'o left to replace him, I wouldn't be surprised to see a spanner thrown in the works and Schurrle being chosen to play the striker role.

Schurrle has experience playing up-front and during his last season at Bayer, this is where he was implemented the most. It could be a bold move to Mourinho, but I'd back it to be one that pays off.

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