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Chelsea Preview - Away, Jan 3rd

Malky Mackay`s young charges head to Stamford Bridge on Saturday for their sternest test of the campaign to date. The Hornet`s have a tricky F.A Cup tie against Carlo Ancelotti`s faltering Chelsea outfit standing between them and the F.A Cup 4th round.

The Blues will be hit heavily by the African Cup of Nations which will see them robbed of talismanic forward Didier Drogba, powerful Ghanian central midfielder Michael Essien, his understudy; Jon Mikel Obi and Ivorian winger Saloman Kalou. Boss Carlo Ancelotti has gone on record to say he will place faith in young forwards Fabio Borini and Daniel Sturridge whilst Drogba and Kalou are away, but there`s still no doubting that the Blues will be weakened by the loss of their African contingent.

How strong a starting eleven Ancelotti will name is anyone`s guess, but it will be the former AC Milan boss` first taste of English F.A Cup action and he certainly won`t want to be humbled by his managerial counterpart at the first hurdle. There is a good chance that the likes of Joe Cole and Yuri Zhirkov, who have both missed good portions of the season through injury will get a runout whilst Petr Cech may not be risked following his drop in form and confidence.

Jose Bosingwa is out through injury meaning Paulo Ferreira or Juliano Belletti will make a rare start.

There is however bad news for the Hornet`s who will have to come up against Nic Anelka who has been passed fit for Sunday`s clash.

Chelsea still have no mean squad available to choose from though and the luxury will be afforded to Ancelotti over who to pick for the tie. The liklehood is that stalwarts such as Frank Lampard, John Terry, Michael Ballack, Ricardo Carvalho and Nicholas Anelka will be given the nod to give the steel needed for a 'giants versus minnows` clash.

Watford have been able to extend the loan of young Arsenal midfielder Henri Lansbury who will now stay this side of the London Colney training ground divide until the end of the campaign.

Malky Mackay is still without Ross Jenkins so John Eustace and Lansbury will continue their impressive central midfielder partnership. The only selection headache for the Scot comes in who he will pick alongside Danny Graham. With Heidar Helguson`s loan now up Mackay will probably go with Will Hoskins as Nathan Ellington has now left for Greece.

Likely Chelsea XI
Cech
Ferreira Carvalho Terry (c) A.Cole
Ballack
Lampard Zhirkov
J.Cole
Anelka Sturridge

Likely Watford XI
Loach
Hodson Mariappa DeMerit (c) Doyley
Cowie Lansbury Eustace Cleverley
Hoskins
Graham

Form Guides
Chelsea:
DWDDW
Watford: WLLDD

Referee: Mr Kevin Friend, Leicestershire




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Writer: wfc123 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 1 2010

Time: 1:25PM

Your Comments

why no Jon Harley in your probable line up? Anyway here at Vital Chelsea, we hope you enjoy your trip to Stamford Bridge folks!
merlin
Apparently Lansbury's actually got an ankle problem, so Harley would come in for him.
wfc123
Would not be surprised to see Harley and Lansbury in midfield with Cowie/Cleverley supporting Graham to have more of a 5 in midfield
chriswfc
most probably be a 4-5-1. if it were a 4-4-2 lansbury would probably be first choice upfront with graham. don't care really, be great to give chelsea a game like last season,only without the four goals for chelsea! we did have a real dig at chelsea though, if only that priskin shot went in at 1-1 each the one that cech some how managed to save with his toes,if only..
Golden Looney
Yeah not a bad shout on the 4-5-1 lads, especially as we are now bereft of strikers and WH is not fancied by Malky anyway.
wfc123
 

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