Chelsea predicted line-up v Benfica

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Chelsea face Benfica in tonight’s Europa League final, with manager Rafa Benitez looking to guide the Blues to their second consecutive European trophy.

The Spaniard has a number of big selection dilemmas, but goalkeeper Petr Cech is a certain starter at the Amsterdam Arena.

In defence, Cesar Azpilicueta has made right-back his own, whilst Ashley Cole is fit to start at left back. Captain John Terry will struggle to recover from injury and is unlikely to start, meaning David Luiz and Branislav Ivanovic are a likely central pair.

The provides space for Frank Lampard to captain the Blues from a holding midfield position, with Ramires playing alongside the club’s record goalscorer.

In the advanced positions, Eden Hazard is another casualty despite travelling with the Chelsea squad; meaning Victor Moses is in-line to start on the left flank. Juan Mata and Oscar complete the trio.

And, up-front, Fernando Torres is the only option for the Stamford Bridge outfit, with Senegalese striker Demba Ba cup-tied.

Chelsea predicted line-up v Benfica:

Petr Cech; Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Branislav Ivanovic, Ashley Cole; Frank Lampard, Ramires; Oscar, Juan Mata, Victor Moses; Fernando Torres.

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