Chelsea line-up v Man City: Blues’ free-scoring ways to return?

first_imgLeague leaders Chelsea travel to champions Manchester City on Sunday, after a disappointing 1-1 Champions League midweek draw against Schalke.The Blues boast something of a psychological advantage having beaten City 1-0 at the Etihad in February. Now they will be looking to open up an early eight-point gap over their strongest title challengers.Even though City could hand Chelsea legend Frank Lampard a league start against the club he represented for 13 years, he will find a formidable foe in replacement Cesc Fabregas, who continued his extraordinary debut season with his first goal for the club in their Champions League opener.Boss Jose Mourinho has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the clash, with star striker Diego Costa, who has scored seven goals in four games, expected to start at the Etihad having begun on the bench against Schalke. Possible Chelsea could line-up: 1 1 Chelsea line-up v Man City GoalkeeperSooner or later the goals Thibaut Courtois keeps conceding will cost him his starting place, but it doesn’t look like happening this weekend. Petr Cech didn’t start against Schalke and probably won’t start here as Courtois pits his wits against the league’s most feared strike force.DefenceAs great as Chelsea’s league start has been the defence has conceded six goals in four matches, which isn’t good enough. They are the team’s weak link, but Gary Cahill and skipper John Terry are still the best central defensive option to keep out Sergio Aguero and co. Filipe Luis on the left should complete the defence. MidfieldWhere free scoring Chelsea would be without the class of Cesc Fabregas is anyone’s guess. The midfield maestro has orchestrated decisive attacks and goals, covered by Nemanja Matic, and will surely relish the chance to play against ex-Arsenal team-mates Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy. Eden Hazard is starting to show flashes of brilliance around the box, pacy World Cup winner Andre Schurrle is due a start and Oscar can slot into a strong midfield set-up.AttackDespite his injury concerns, Diego Costa seems destined to start this game as the Blues look to continue their table-topping form. Didier Drogba missed a good chance and looked off the pace against Schalke and new signing Loic Remy surely isn’t ready to lead the line in the biggest game of Chelsea’s season so far. Mourinho said his star striker can only play one game a week and a rested Costa can enhance his burgeoning reputation with a goal at the Etihad.Chelsea fans, do you agree with this line-up? Comment below…last_img

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