Predicted Chelsea XI to play Swansea City - Key duo to win fitness battles?

Match to be played on Saturday 13th September 2014 at 15:00. Venue: Stamford Bridge, London.

Chelsea head into the weekend’s Premier League action in a great position after a perfect start to the season.

It’s a difficult game against the only side to have matched their 100% record in the division so far, but the Blues will be confident of taking all three points against the Swans.

Jose Mourinho was given a scare during the international break after Diego Costa pulled out of the Spain squad with a hamstring problem, but reports suggest he could be available.

Here’s the side Mourinho could go with against Swansea.

GK – Thibaut Courtois

The Belgian has looked confident and settled in his Premier League appearances so far.

RB – Branislav Ivanovic

Ivanovic is one of the most experienced players in the team. He’s effective at both ends of the pitch for the Blues.

CB – Gary Cahill

Cahill was handed the England vice-captaincy during the week, which should give him some extra motivation to perform this weekend.

CB – John Terry

Terry’s decision to retire from international football means he’s had a two week break and he should be fresh.

LB – Cesar Azpilicueta

Good enough to continue keeping summer signing Filipe Luis out of the team. A consistent player in defence and going forward.

RM – Andre Schurrle

May get the nod due to the travelling Willian has done while on international duty. Chelsea won’t lose anything in terms of their attack with this switch.

CM – Nemanja Matic

Matic will most likely play as the deepest of Chelsea’s midfielders, protecting the back four.

CM – Cesc Fabregas

Fabregas has been a revelation since he came to the club. He controls games well in the middle of the team and sets up chances frequently.

CM – Ramires

Ramires may keep his place in the centre of the team. Expect to see him rotating with Fabregas and dropping off if the side is under pressure.

LM – Eden Hazard

Hazard pulled out of the Belgium squad with a knock. Reports suggest he’ll be fit and if so, he starts.

ST – Diego Costa

Costa will start this game if he’s anything close to being fit. He’s in form, he’s confident and will be looking to improve on four goals in three starts.

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