Possible Chelsea Lineup vs Fulham- Star Back In First XI

Possible Chelsea Lineup vs Fulham- Star Back In First XI

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Chelsea cross London to play against Fulham.  This match will display the full spectrum of the Premier League, the top of the table and the bottom of the table clash in a London derby.

Formation: 4-2-3-1

No surprises here. Of course certain players can play in different positions but the formation is here to stay.

Goalkeeper: Petr Čech

Simply playing the worst team in the Premier League does not give a good enough reason for Čech to not start.  Having started every game this season in the Premier League, he will definitely be in between the two posts for this one.

Right Back: Branislav Ivanovic

One of the most in form players is not going to sit out.  A goal in the Manchester City game and a strong showing on the defensive end in the past few games, he will surely get the start.

Center Backs: John Terry and Gary Cahill

Mourinho would have wanted to rest his veteran and captain Terry for a more difficult match, but the injury to Brazilian David Luiz will force him to play Terry.  Cahill has proven his consistency and has vastly improved since his move from Bolton Wanderers.

Left Back: Ashley Cole

It seems as if Cole has been replaced by Cesar Azpilicueta.  Cole has shown a lack of pace and an increase in age.  Mourinho will look to give the Chelsea veteran as many games as possible without giving up any points.

Center Defensive Midfielders: Nemanja Matic and Ramires

Nemanja Matic did not start against Galatasaray on Wednesday and will hope to get back on the pitch.  His lack of strength and power could be noticed in the draw.  Ramires will look to exploit Fulham will his pace and work rate.

Left Wing: Eden Hazard

Surprisingly, he had a disappointing game against the Turkish side.  He lost possession many times and did not have the usual impact he usually does.  This will not be enough for Mourinho to keep him out of his squad.  Only a few players in the world can replace him.

Center Attacking midfield: Oscar

Having come on as a substitute, he is surely be fully ready to play again.  He will be looking to recover his incredible form at the beginning of the year.

Right Wing: Willian

He seems to have solidified his spot in the starting lineup.  He is a very useful player who is wiling to create chances and work hard.

Striker: Samuel Eto’o

Eto’o is much faster with the ball.  Torres can control it better and works with the midfield better, but Eto’o simply has the pace.