Predicted Chelsea XI to play Hull City - Mata to miss out again

Juan Mata

Match to be played on Saturday 11th January 2014 at 12:45. Venue: The KC Stadium, Hull.

Chelsea could temporarily go to the top of the Premier League table this Saturday if they win away at Hull City.

The Blues have been one of the most consistent sides this season and they are on a very positive run of four wins on the bounce, which will give the side plenty of confidence heading into this game.

Jose Mourinho has one or two injury worries ahead of the match but he’s still set to name a very strong team. Here are the players he could go with.

GK – Petr Cech

Mr reliable is going to start in goal. He’s very good at commanding his back four and he doesn’t make many errors, which is what any boss needs from his ‘keeper in a difficult away game.

RB – Cesar Azpilicueta

He looks comfortable whether he’s playing on the right or the left of the defence and Branislav Ivanovic’s injury means he should retain his place. He’s effective at either end of the pitch.

CB – Gary Cahill

Cahill seems to be playing confident football at the moment and he should keep his place in the side. He’s good in the air and as quick as any other Chelsea centre back in battles on the floor.

CB – John Terry

Terry didn’t play against Derby so he’ll be fresher and should be ready to come back into the side. Jose Mourinho and every Chelsea fan knows exactly what they are going to get from the experienced defender.

LB – Ashley Cole

Cole will start on the left of defence and he needs to produce a big performance. Hull could look to counter attack Chelsea down both flanks, which makes Cole a very key player.

RM – Willian

Willian is starting to show the sort of form that Chelsea paid so much money form. He’s a good option to have on the right because he can switch easily and play down either side.

DM – John Obi Mikel

Mikel is producing some of his best form since he’s been at Chelsea. He’s as effective as ever protecting the back four and he’s now got the confidence to get forward when the situation warrants it.

CM – Ramires

Ramires can sit in the middle of the team and pull the strings while Frank Lampard is out of action with a muscle problem. He can drop off and form a two man barrier with Mikel if the Blues are under pressure.

AM – Oscar

Oscar has been superb for Chelsea this season in the hole behind a main striker. He links up well with the other midfielders around him and also gets beyond the forward regularly.

LM – Eden Hazard

Hazard had just over half an hour against Derby so he should be fresh enough for this game. He’s made that left midfield slot his own at the club and should be confident following some recent goals.

ST – Fernando Torres

Torres may not be the player he once was but he gives everything whenever he’s selected to play. He’ll be fresh, fit and ready to score any half chances that fall his way as the Blues look to go top.

image: © Ben Sutherland

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