Predicted Chelsea XI to play Arsenal - Who replaces Willian and Ramires?

Match to be played on Saturday 22nd March 2014 at 12:45. Venue: Stamford Bridge, London.

Jose Mourinho and Chelsea face a huge game against London rivals Arsenal this weekend in a clash, which could prove vital in the Premier League title race.

The Blues go into the game after a defeat away at Aston Villa while the Gunners have had extra time to rest f9ollowing their win in the North London derby last weekend.

Injuries and suspensions are numerous as Mourinho mulls over who to start for the match but here’s the side he could go with.

RB – Branislav Ivanovic

No reason to drop the Czech goalkeeper. He’ll provide confidence, organisation and leadership from the back.

CB – Gary Cahill

Ivanovic has been Mourinho’s main right-back this season and he’ll continue in the role. Arsenal aren’t particularly strong down their left so he should get forward well.

CB – John Terry

Arguably Chelsea’s strongest defender so far this season. He’s quick, agile and strong in the air. He’s got more than enough to keep Olivier Giroud quiet.

LB – Cesar Azpilicueta

Mourinho may have wanted to rest Terry for this game but it’s a risk to throw Luiz into the side following injury.

RM – Andre Schurrle

The Spaniard has done a perfectly good job at left-back when he’s been asked to play there. This will be one of his biggest tests but Chelsea stand a great chance of winning if he comes through it.

DM – Nemanja Matic

With Willian suspended, there’s a chance for Schurrle to come into the side on the right hand side. Mourinho will be hoping for a performance similar to the one he showed against Fulham.

PlayerClubPosTotal CrossAppsMins
Eden Hazard Chelsea FW 63 30 2,550
André Schürrle Chelsea FW 31 22 847

CM – Frank Lampard

Matic will play that role in front of the back four, offering the defence some protection. He’s going to be an imposing figure against Arsenal’s smaller creative players.

AM – Oscar

Lampard played well against Galatasaray so should keep his place in the side. His ability to control things doesn’t need to be sold.

PlayerClubPosTotal PassAppsMins
Ramires Chelsea MF 1,298 28 2,472
Oscar Chelsea MF 1,045 28 1,837
Frank Lampard Chelsea MF 905 22 1,441

LM – Eden Hazard

Oscar slots into the side in behind the main striker. Chelsea will look to get him onto the ball s quickly as possible.

ST – Samuel Eto’o

The Belgian wide man has been a world class performer for the Blues all season. He’ll stay wide, he’ll drift in and he can make even the most experienced defenders look silly.

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Eto’o fronted the attack against Galatasaray and he’ll probably lead the attack for this game. He’ll do what he does best; hunt out goals.

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