Jose Mourinho will be looking to reshuffle his team, keeping in mind with Sunday’s game with Liverpool is likely to drop several senior players today. Also, he insisted that some of the new players in the squad, should cherish the festive atmosphere of Boxing Day.
He said ahead of the match: “We have some older players that deserve all the respect for the big effort they give, but we also have younger players, some of whom are in England for the first time, like Schurrle and Willian, and they need to be pushed and to feel how special Boxing Day is.”
Defence: David Luiz could come in to the side in place of Gary Cahill while Ashley Cole may be considered as well.
Midfield: Michael Essien is available again after serving his one-game but expect Mourinho to go with trusted pair of Mikel and Ramires.
Forward: Oscar should return in his customary no 10 role having been left among the subs at the Emirates in the last match, while Juan Mata and Andre Schurrle all can expect to play some part today.
Prediction: 2-1; Chelsea are undefeated in their last 17 home matches in the Premier League and expect them to earn full points today as well.