Chelsea predicted line-up v Manchester City

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has a number of big decisions to make ahead of the clash against Manchester City this weekend.

One area the Blues boss has an easy decision is in goal, with Petr Cech certain to get the nod between the sticks at Stamford Bridge.

In defence, left-back Ashley Cole is back to fitness and should start at left-back, with Branislav Ivanovic on the opposite flank. Either David Luiz or Gary Cahill will partner John Terry, with the Brazilian the favourite after missing the midweek Champions League win over Schalke.

Mourinho has choices to make in midfield, with his two holding players likely to be Ramires and Frank Lampard. If the special one decides to go defensive, then John Obi Mikel could come in for the England veteran.

Moving forward, and it’s hard to see Oscar being left out, given his fine form at the moment. Eden Hazard is also playing well and should start on one flank, with Andre Schurrle the most likely starter on the other side.

Up-front, Fernando Torres made his claim to start in a big way with a brace against Schalke, but Mourinho loves to rotate and Samuel Eto’o could controversially get the nod.

Chelsea predicted starting XI v Manchester City:

Cech; Ivanovic, Terry, Luiz, A. Cole; Ramires, Lampard; Hazard, Oscar, Schurrle; Eto’o.

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