PICTURE Chelsea’s Strongest Possible Starting 11 vs Swansea City

PICTURE Chelsea’s Strongest Possible Starting 11 vs Swansea City

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Premier League leaders Chelsea and Swansea will be playing for the lead at Stamford Bridge on Saturday the 11th.

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois
Courtois just signed a 5-year contract with Chelsea. Although Mourinho has remained silent concerning the starting goalkeeping position, the club’s actions reveal that Courtois will be the first choice goalkeeper.

Left back: Cesar Azpilicueta
Despite the recent signing and replacement to Ashley Cole, Filipe Luis has yet to make an impact in the team. This is significantly due to the fact that Azpilicueta has once again surpassed expectations.

Center backs: Gary Cahill and John Terry
Chelsea as a whole conceded the least amount of goals in the Premier League last season. This statistic is hugely a result of captain John Terry and Gary Cahill. The pairing has worked so far with just four goals against the Blues in three matches.

Right back: Branislav Ivanovic
Ivanovic is having an absolutely excellent start to the season and has already produced a goal. His dependency in the starting lineup however solely depends on Azpilicueta’s ability to continue fending off Luis.

Center Defensive Midfielders: Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas
The pairing in the middle of the park is a match made in heaven. Matic’s physical prowess and ability to hold the ball set the tempo for the game, whereas Fabregas can pick out passes in stunning fashion.

Left Attacking Midfielder: Eden Hazard
Chelsea are still waiting for Hazard to provide the real potency he once showed last season. He was able to hit the back of the net against Everton two weeks ago with a classic dance in the box finished with a low driven shot into the far side netting.

Center Attacking Midfielder: Oscar
If anything, the Brazilian has improved since the beginning of the season. More often he is finding open space and is being encouraged to shoot more often.

Right Attacking Midfielder: Andre Schürrle
Recent starting lineups have potentially decided that Andre Schürrle will start over Willian this season. Perhaps a fantastic World Cup had to play a part in that decision?

Striker: Diego Costa
Currently with four goals in his first three games for Chelsea, Costa is the hottest striker in world football. If Chelsea manage to gain a solid lead, Drogba, or even new signing Loic Rémy may make an appearance.