Predicted Chelsea XI to play Manchester City - Four changes from West Brom draw

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Match to be played on Saturday February 15 2014 at 17:15 GMT. Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester.

Jose Mourinho will probably be a little unhappy this morning after Manchester City were allowed extra rest due to the bad weather, with their Premier League game against Sunderland last night postponed.

The Blues go into this FA Cup clash on the back of a 1-1 draw at West Brom but they have the very recent experience of winning at the Etihad which will give the side plenty of confidence.

Here’s the side Mourinho could go with this weekend.

GK – Petr Cech

Had the opponents been different then Cech probably would have been given a rest by the Portuguese coach. However, they should go with one of their most experienced players.

RB – Branislav Ivanovic

Ivanovic really needs to play because he’s in good form and good rhythm at the moment. He bagged the winner in this Premier League fixture.

CB – David Luiz

Gary Cahill picked up a calf problem against West Brom which could stop him from starting this game. If that's the case then in steps David Luiz, who Chelsea need to remain disciplined throughout.

CB – John Terry

Terry missed the West Brom game with a muscle problem but he’s expected to go straight back into the heart of the defence.

LB – Cesar Azpilicueta

This is a difficult one for Mourinho because he may want to give Azpilicueta a rest. However, he’s in great form and has been superb against the bigger sides this season.

RM – Willian

Willian is settled in the Chelsea team and playing well. He can be a real handful to Gael Clichy over on his side of the pitch.

DM – John Obi Mikel

Mikel would provide some freshness in the middle of Chelsea’s team, which is important because there are going to be long spells of the game where Chelsea don’t have the ball.

CM – Frank Lampard

Lampard didn’t play against West Brom so he’ll be fresh and his experience will be key in any midfield battle.

AM – Oscar

Oscar should continue at the top of the midfield, in behind the main striker. He’s effective on the counter attack or when Chelsea look to build an attack conventionally.

LM – Eden Hazard

The Belgian is producing some of the best football of his career at the moment. It would be a mistake for Mourinho to drop him while he’s having such a big effect in important matches.

ST – Fernando Torres

Torres will be fresh and hungry following a spell out of the side. This is the sort of game where he can really make an impact and win back his Premier League starting place.

image: © Ben Sutherland

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