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Chelsea: Predicted XI v Paris Saint-Germain

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After a thoroughly miserable weekend of domestic action during which Chelsea relinquished their grip on top spot, the Blues must re-focus their attention quickly with the club due to travel to face Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie on Wednesday night.

Saturday's shock 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace - which came courtesy of an unfortunate own goal from the head of club captain John Terry - dealt a considerable blow to the club's title hopes, particularly as Liverpool capitalised on their slip-up in ruthless fashion by recording an emphatic 4-0 win over Tottenham at Anfield.

While Jose Mourinho's men certainly are not out of the race for domestic glory, they will need to topple Brendan Rodgers' side at Anfield and hope that Manchester City don't do the same.

Their Champions League clash against PSG at the Parc des Princes is sure to be tough, but you certainly wouldn't put it past Chelsea to return from the French capital with a share of the spoils despite their opponent's formidable home record.

In terms of team news for the visitors ahead of this one, striker Samuel Eto'o is expected to miss out with the hamstring injury he suffered during Chelsea's 6-0 win over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge, while Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah remain ineligible for European competition.

England left-back Ashley Cole has a knee injury but tenacious Brazilian midfielder Ramires is available to line up against Zlatan Ibrahimovic and co as his current suspension - picked up as the result of a rather horrendous challenge at Villa Park a fortnight ago - only applies to domestic football.

Predicted Chelsea XI to face Paris Saint-Germain:

Cech; Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Luiz; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Torres.

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