Chelsea’s expected starting XI to face Man City in the FA Cup at the Etihad Stadium as Jose Mourinho attempts to win at Etihad Stadium for the second time in 2014.
Mark Schwarzer is Chelsea’s cup goalkeeper, having played both the Blues’ FA Cup and Capital One Cup games, as well as a single match in the UEFA Champions League.
The veteran Australian has only conceded once in his six matches this season, and despite the immense calibre of Chelsea’s opposition, Jose Mourinho should keep faith.
After sporadic appearances last season, Cesar Azpilicueta has become a first choice full back under Jose Mourinho this term, with England star Ashley Cole being dropped over the Christmas period.
He should start at right back at the Etihad Stadium.
With John Terry still a doubt due to injury, Branislav Ivanovic may shift into central defence.
The Serbian scored the winner in the Premier League fixture against Manchester City at Eastlands thanks to his forays forward from full back, but from the heart of defence his threat will have to come from set pieces.
David Luiz looks set to retain his place in the Chelsea team at the back, with Jose Mourinho placing his trust in the Brazilian in John Terry’s absence.
Luiz is a highly solid player for his country, combining impressive technique with intense concentration and good positioning, and Mourinho will hope that the 26 year-old can emulate such performances for the Blues.
Ashley Cole has rarely played for the Blues since December, when he was allegedly dropped for attending Arsenal’s Christmas party after Jose Mourinho cancelled Chelsea’s at late notice, but the England international ought to be granted a chance for redemption in the FA Cup.