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Possible Chelsea Starting Line-Up Against Derby



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Chelsea will take on Derby County in the third round of the FA Cup tie at the Pride Park on Sunday, where Blues manager Jose Mourinho will be looking to make the best use of his bench strength.

Mourinho insisted that he will field a strong team on Sunday but expect the Portuguese to make several changes for this tie.


In the defence, young Ryan Bertrand can come in to the side in place of Ashley Cole, while Cesar Azpilicueta will take the right-back job in absence of injured Ivanovic. Likewise, David Luiz may return to the starting line-up, after suspension.

Juan Mata’s future has been well speculated in the media but Mourinho has made it clear that the Spaniard will not be sold. Expect, Mata to start in the no 10 role, while another unsettled midfielder Kevin De Bruyne may get another chance to impress his manager. German international Andre Schurrle may start on the left wing while Senegal international Demba Ba could start as a lone striker.

Prediction: 0-3; Expect a convincing victory for the men in Blues.