Match to be played on Tuesday 11th February 2014 at 20:00. Venue: The Hawthorns, West Bromwich.
Jose Mourinho’s side haven’t played spectacular football this season but they have ground out results at the right time and they are now in the position where they have to look over their shoulder.
Here’s the side Mourinho could go with for the trip to West Brom.
GK – Petr Cech
Cech is one of the most reliable players in the first team squad. He looks settled and confident at the moment, providing extra leadership at the back.
RB – Branislav Ivanovic
Ivanovic has been Mourinho’s primary right-back throughout the season and there’s no reason to drop him at the moment.
CB – Gary Cahill
Cahill has turned into arguably the most important centre back for the club. He offers good presence in the back four and reads the game well, which makes it difficult for the opposition to build any momentum.
CB – David Luiz
With John Terry suffering from a slight muscle problem, there’s another chance for Luiz to continue through the heart of the defence.
LB – Cesar Azpilicueta
If Azpilicueta isn’t offered a new contract in the near future then it will be criminal because he’s producing outstanding defensive football at the moment, as well as adding width in attack.
RM – Willian
Willian seems to have settled nicely into the pace and style of Premier League life. He looks a threat and has the ability to stay out wide as well as getting involved with the play centrally.
DM – Nemanja Matic
Matic had an outstanding game against Newcastle United and should keep his place. He’ll sit and protect the back four.
CM – Ramires
It’s a big ask for Frank Lampard to play two games so close to each other so Ramires could come back into the midfield, urged to control the tempo of Chelsea’s play.
AM – Oscar
Oscar will continue in the hole behind the main striker. He can create something out of nothing so the Blues will probably try and get him on the ball as quickly as they can.
LM – Eden Hazard
Hazard is in the best form of his career at the moment. He’s fresh off a hat-trick which will fill him with confidence and he should be looking to improve on his goal tally even further.
ST – Samuel Eto’o
Eto’o should have another chance to lead the attack with Fernando Torres not quite fit enough to start yet following a knee problem. He could easily get on the score sheet.