Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo is expected to make multiple changes to the side that beat Stoke 1-0 at the weekend when the Blues play Wolverhampton Wanderers in the third round of the Capital One Cup at Stamford Bridge tomorrow night.
Di Matteo doesn’t have any fresh injury concerns but we could see the return of Marko Marin who’s yet to make his full debut for the club, whilst Victor Moses, Cesar Azpilicueta and Lucas Piazon could all make their first starts for the west London club.
The team I’d play tomorrow:
C. Azpilicueta – G. Cahill – D. Luiz – R. Bertrand
J. Mikel – O. Romeu
V. Moses – E. Hazard – M. Marin
There’s a lot surrounding John Terry at the moment with his FA hearing and I’m sure the place where he’d prefer to be is the pitch, but there isn’t any need to play him in this one and the combination of David Luiz and Gary Cahill looked decent against Stoke. Would also be good to see two fullbacks that offer width, so we need to see what Azpilicueta can do and if he’s ready to challenge for Branislav Ivanovic’s place.
We haven’t seen Oriol Romeu yet this season and he hasn’t played much football recently so this is would be the perfect opportunity to give him some game time. I believe that both he and John Obi Mikel will keep things simple in the middle of the park whilst letting the creative talents of the trio ahead of them work their magic.
Victor Moses deserves a start after making an impact in the games he’s come on as a substitute and offers a different dimension as he looks to go wide and get behind defences, whereas the likes of Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Oscar prefer to move inside. It would also be nice to see Marin, who was impressive in pre-season but hasn’t featured since.
I’d opt for Daniel Sturridge ahead of Lucas Piazon if the English forward is fit for the match, but if not, then the Brazilian is deserving of a senior start. Seen a few arguments that suggest we should start Fernando Torres against weaker opposition so he can ‘gain confidence’, but how many times has a similar theory fallen flat on its face? He isn’t pulling his weight and it’s time to try out potential alternatives.