London Derby at boxing day? Bring it on baby!
The Stamford Bridge is expected to be charged up when West Ham visits the Stadium tomorrow, in a hope to blow their pretty bubbles in the London air.
Sam Allardyce’s side has been a revelation so far this season, sitting pretty at the 4th spot, considering last season when they conspired against us to play that 19th-century football which left Mourinho and the fans fuming.
Jose Mourinho, on the other hand, has taken up the little horses and fed them beautifully to make this team one of the best in Europe. Sitting at the top of the table, this is going to be a tensed, physical affair and this is how the boss could line-up tomorrow:
GK – THIBAUT COURTOIS
The Belgian made a couple of very good saves against Stoke and his presence in the penalty area makes him one of the very best in the world. He starts tomorrow.
CB – JOHN TERRY AND GARY CAHILL
Gary Cahill had a string of shaky games this month but against Stoke we got to see the old Cahill who was brilliant alongside Terry in defence. Maybe the physical nature of the game brings out the best in him and if that’s the case, Cahill and Terry should do just fine tomorrow.
LB – CESAR AZPILICUETA
Yes, Filipe Luis has been a more potent threat going forward, but against the likes of Sakho and co. the Spaniard gets the nod over the Brazilian. No doubt, Dave starts tomorrow.
RB – BRANISLAV IVANOVIC
Are you serious? Not even a question. He definitely starts! Unless he is injured, which he is never, because he is a monster!
CM – NEMANJA MATIC and JOHN OBI MIKEL
Reckon Mourinho would sacrifice the creativity of Oscar in favor of Mikel to counter the physicality of West Ham, just like he did against Stoke.
Although, given the home fixture, Mourinho might also roll on with Oscar at No. 10 with Fab alongside Matic. But my guess, it would be Mikel who starts!
LW – EDEN HAZARD
Fortunately, the Belgian’s injury wasn’t all that serious. Unfortunately, Carl Jenkinson, is in for a nightmare at RB, tomorrow.
RW – WILLIAN
Mourinho might prefer to roll on with Willian ahead of Schurrle given the physicality of this fixture, lesser spaces to play and the lots of tracking back from the wings.
CAM – CESC FABREGAS
The Spaniard will start the game no doubt, but the question is where? I reckon, he would slot in the No. 10 role as Mikel starts alongside Matic.
STRIKER – DIEGO COSTA
The warrior, the destroyer, the conqueror is set to start in the charged up Boxing day derby. I am sure Costa would be booed from the visiting fans, but that’s what makes it even more interesting. Would love if he grabs a goal to shut them off though!
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Edited By: Ankur Bhatt