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Predicted Chelsea XI vs Stoke: Mourinho to go full strength to get back on track

With the international break coming up, Saturday’s visit to Stoke will be a great opportunity get themselves back on track with a victory at the Britannia Stadium.

However, they’ll have to do it without Jose Mourinho, who will serve out a one-match stadium ban for comments he made after the defeat to West Ham in October.

A midweek win in the Champions League will have gone some way to alleviating the pressure Mourinho is currently under, so will he keep the same side as he fights to keep his job and raise Chelsea from their lowly position of fifteenth?

Begovic

GK: Asmir Begovic

No reason to change, though Mourinho will be hoping he won’t be too distracted by Bosnia’s upcoming Euro 2016 playoff with Ireland.

Azpilicueta

RB: Cesar Azpilicueta

The Spaniard will be back in his usual position due to the ongoing injury problems with Branislav Ivanovic.

gary cahill john terry chelsea

CBs: Gary Cahill & John Terry

The usual centre-back pairing had better be at their best to deal with the speed and power of Stoke’s attacking players.

Baba Rahman Chelsea

LB: Abdul Baba Rahman

The Ghanaian may be given a chance to shine in the left-back slot.

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