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Wigan v Chelsea (PL) 19/08/12 KO 13:30 BST


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So the interesting question is what will the line up be for first game of the season. 3 points in the first game are just as valuable as 3 points in the last game.

In reality its likely we will still be working on transfers as the season starts.

Right this second I'm not convinced the team will be that much stronger at the start of the season. Hazard is in but a number of other players have left. So net net are we ahead just now?

cech

ivan terry cahill cole/bertrand

ramires mata frank

sturridge torres hazzard

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Assuming we don't sign any new players until then, then it may look like this:

Ivan----Luiz-----Terry----Cole

Mikel------Lampard

Ramires-------Mata--------Hazard

Torres

With the likes of KDB, Marin, and Bertrand coming off the bench.

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Pretty sure that Mata isn't avaliable due to the olympics. Do we start Hazard in the center and marin wide? Maybe Oscar center and Hazard wide. Just have to see how pre season goes.

Yeah, either of those options would be fine. But for how long is Mata not going to play before he returns?

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Pretty sure that Mata isn't avaliable due to the olympics. Do we start Hazard in the center and marin wide? Maybe Oscar center and Hazard wide. Just have to see how pre season goes.

If we sign Oscar he is also going to the Olympics which would make him miss out if Brazil go all the way. So maybe your first option?

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I think this will be our starting line up

Cech

Ivanovic.............Cahill..................Terry....................Cole

Mikel

Ramires.....................Lampard

Marin..................Torres...............Hazard

I hope Brazil and Spain go out of the olympics as soon as possible , i want our players back.

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Robbie D usually plays 4231 so i would imagine that hazard will be playing the no10 role until mata comes back

Ok then let's change it a bit.

Cech

Ivanovic.........................Cahill......................Terry.......................Cole

Mikel...........................Lampard

Ramires...............Hazard......................Marin

Torres

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I remember Drogba being a bit mad at Frank for not letting him take the pen lol, the guy ended up scoring and winning the golden boot anyway, thought it was funny.

I kinda still miss Carlo, he was such a classy coach and person.

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Sky Sports have been good to us ! A good start against Wigan is a must. This would be my starting eleven.

The reason I picked Luiz over Cahill : I agree Cahill is a more reliable player defensively but everytime Luiz plays hes seems to venture forward and make something happen when we're looking a bit flat. Also it feels like Terry and Cahill are a bit similiar when playing from the back, Luiz adds a bit more agility, speed and looks more comfortable on the ball than anyone else we have in that position. In other words the partnership is more balanced. .

....................................Torres.....................................

.... Hazard ....................................................Ramires

....................Essien................Lampard.......................

....................................Mikel..........................................

Cole............... Terry................ Luiz............. Ivanovic....

.

...................................Cech............................................

Subs : Marin, Cahill, Turnbull, Mireles, Bertrand

Either Oscar/Mata would def be in there if they were available.

Cant wait for the season to kick off !

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21 days - whats even better is thats the same weekend I get 3 weeks off work..... get in!

Really gutted we wont be able to see Mata or Oscar for this one but I expect us to win rather comfy even though wigan can be a tricky fixture.

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Mourinho's first league game in charge was this fixture. I remember it with Crespo scoring an injury time beauty.

I think we'll breeze it this time 4-0.

You're off a season - that was the opener his second year.

His actual first league game was 1-0 at home to Man U, Eidur with the goal.

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