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Strongest Possible Chelsea XI to Face Norwich: Hazard and Pedro to Start

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Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho

Defending Premier League Champions Chelsea has managed to survive nearly 12 days without dropping a point courtesy the International break. The Blues went into the break with a loss against Stoke City and are set to host Norwich on Saturday in a match that could see them going into the relegation zone if they go on to lost the match.

The defending Premier League champions are 16th in the league table with just 11 points from 12 matches and will look to bounce back after a pathetic start to the campaign. How will Chelsea line-up for he crucial clash? Here is the team news:

Chelsea are set to be without the likes of Ivanovic and Courtois who are still recovering from their respective injuries. Meanwhile the likes of Hazard, Falcao and Zouma are back in training and could return to the starting eleven against Norwich.

Asmir Begovic is certain to retain his place as the goalkeeper for the game against Norwich. In the absence of Branislav Ivanovic, Jose Mourinho tried various combinations in the back four, but none of them prospered. The Special One started with Cesar Azpilicueta, Kurt Zouma, John Terry and Abdul Baba Rahman are expected to be at the defence for Chelsea.

In the midfield, Jose Mourinho recalled Nemanja Matic into the starting lineup as he played alongside Ramires against Kiev and the duo looked good together. All they need is more playing time together to get better and they got it in the Stoke City game and are expected to get once again. The attacking midfield is set to have Chelsea’s best player of the season so far Willian and for the next two spots, Oscar, Fabregas, Pedro and Hazard are set to fight. Pedro and Hazard are likely to start ahead of Fabregas and Oscar.

Pedro Chelsea debut

Spanish striker Diego Costa, who is in a terrible run, will start as the lone striker for Chelsea. It won’t be a surprise if Loic Remy starts ahead of Costa.

Chelsea starting lineup (4-2-3-1 formation): Begovic; Zouma, Rahman, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Hazard, Willian, Pedro; Costa

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