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Here’s the side we expect Jose Mourinho to choose this evening against title rivals Manchester City…
GK) Petr Cech
Cech will obviously start between the sticks for Chelsea barring a late injury, but will no doubt have his work cut out against the side that has scored more goals than any other in Europe so far this season.
DR) Branislav Ivanovic
The Serbian is the kind of player Mourinho can rely upon in big games, as he’s physically and mentally tough, and rarely ever makes mistakes. He will have the unenviable task of dealing with David Silva up the left though, with the Spaniard given licence to roam infield.
DC) Gary Cahill
The Englishman has cemented himself as a guaranteed starter for the Blues, at the expense of Brazilian international David Luiz. Playing alongside John Terry at the back, Chelsea have the best defensive record in the league.
DC) John Terry
Terry’s been exceptional this season, and luckily for him, will not have to face Sergio Aguero, as the Argentine has been ruled out for a month.
DL) Cesar Azpilicueta
The Spanish fullback now starts ahead of Ashley Cole for the Blues, but will no doubt have to tame his attacking instincts against City.