Who will replace the Brazilian duo?
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Here’s the side we reckon Jose Mourinho will select to start for the Blues in this crucial clash today…
GK) Petr Cech
The Blues will go four points clear at the top (for the time being at least) with a win, and will be confident stalwart keeper will play his role in keeping the Palace attack out.
DR) Branislav Ivanovic
Palace haven’t registered a win against any of the big sides this season, and Ivanovic will hope to get up the right flank and support his attackers against the relegation battlers.
DC) Gary Cahill
Predicting Chelsea’s back four is pretty easy to be fair. Terry and Cahill will start in central defence for the rest of the season providing both are fit.
DC) John Terry
The club captain’s positioning and aerial ability is outstanding, and he’ll likely have to deal with the physical threat of Cameron Jerome up top, with Marouane Chamakh rated as doubtful.
DL) Cesar Azpilicueta
The Spaniard has nailed down the spot on the left of Chelsea’s back four, and enjoyed one of his best afternoons in a Chelsea shirt against Arsenal last weekend.