Match to be played on Saturday 15th March 2014 at 17:30. Venue: Villa Park, Birmingham.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho could ring the changes for this game with the Blues’ Champions League second leg clash against Galatasaray next week.
However, Mourinho should still be able to name a very strong side and here’s the eleven he may go with.
GK – Petr Cech
Chelsea’s current number one will be one of the first names down on the team sheet every week. Barring injury, he’ll keep his place.
RB – Branislav Ivanovic
Ivanovic has developed tremendously as a right-back under Mourinho’s guidance. He’s effective at either end of the pitch and cuts an imposing figure in the defence.
CB – Gary Cahill
Cahill has arguably been Chelsea’s best defender this season. He reads the game well, is vocal and offers a good threat at the other end of the pitch.
CB – David Luiz
Fingers crossed the Brazilian has shaken off the knock which kept him out of the game against Tottenham. If he can start then that allows Mourinho the luxury if being able to rest John Terry.
LB – Cesar Azpilicueta
The Spaniard holds the current left-back starting role and he should stay in the side. The temptation to rest him is there for Mourinho but with Ashley Cole out, he has no choice.
RM – Andre Schurrle
The German has been an inconsistent start for the Blues this season but he’s in great form at the moment. Mourinho could ask him to play a wider role.
DM – Nemanja Matic
Mourinho has no reason to rest Matic as he’s ineligible to play in the Champions League, which means he’ll be used as the player protecting the back four.
CM – Ramires
Ramires has more than enough ability to pull the strings in the middle of Chelsea’s team. He’ll drop off when the side is under pressure and support the attack when Chelsea are on top.
AM – Oscar
Oscar is the best player Chelsea have in that number ten role and he should slot in behind the main striker. Expect to see him withdrawn fairly quickly if the Blues are in a comfortable position.
LM – Eden Hazard
Hazard has been world class for Chelsea in recent weeks and he should continue on the left. He could be taken off for someone like Mo Salah in the second half ahead of the Champions League game.
ST – Samuel Eto’o
Mourinho is unlikely to take any risks with Fernando Torres’ return from injury, which means the Spaniard will most likely start on the bench with Eto’o leading the attack.