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Erm.... we have a game tomorrow! I guess minds have been elsewhere with DD and England...

Drogba and Mikel return, Sheva's had another goal and another 90 minutes for his country, malouda and joe with 90 minutes SWP with 80...

Cole and Terry are obviously out:

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

Ferreira........Carvalho....Alex.........Ben Haim

...........................Maka............................

..................Joe.............Lampard..............

...............................................................

..........................................Malouda.........

.............Sheva.........................................

..............................Drogba......................

Essien

Carlo

SWP

Beletti

Obi Mikel

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Interesting game. Boro away is a nightmare. Haven't lost there two years in a row now?

A win would be amazing!

Team:

Cech

Belletti - Alex - Riccy - Ferreira

Sweepy - Essien - Lampard - Malouda

Drogba - Kalou

However we will probably see Ben Haim instead of Alex or Ferreira.

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Is that a 4-3-1-2 that I see before me, Pauly, or a strictly no prancing 4-4-2? Either way, strange as it may seem, I can?t find much fault with it, as long as Joe isn?t worn out after Wednesday and Sheva still talks to the Drog. Plenty on the bench to liven things up if (when) we go a goal down and my only slight doubt about the whole package is that, if fit, Kalou will be in there somewhere because Avram appears to like him and will want the insurance of another recognised goal scorer. Also HtC won?t have seen too much of him and probably doesn?t appreciate how high the premium has been of late.

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Is that a 4-3-1-2 that I see before me, Pauly, or a strictly no prancing 4-4-2? Either way, strange as it may seem, I can?t find much fault with it, as long as Joe isn?t worn out after Wednesday and Sheva still talks to the Drog. Plenty on the bench to liven things up if (when) we go a goal down and my only slight doubt about the whole package is that, if fit, Kalou will be in there somewhere because Avram appears to like him and will want the insurance of another recognised goal scorer. Also HtC won?t have seen too much of him and probably doesn?t appreciate how high the premium has been of late.

my dear dorset, I believe it's a (strange) representation of the way Avram Grant plays the new 433, with Joe cole practically playing next to drogba and coming in on the back post (sheva's role in my lineup) and malouda a little more traditional (midfielder) on the left of the 3 up front

Against valencia it was

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

Ferreira........Carvalho....Alex.........Ben Haim

...........................Maka............................

..................Mikel............Essien.................

...............................................................

...............Joe.......Didier.....Malouda...........

however you want to represent it, and of course with the players adhering to their natural inclinations- drogba deep up front as the point, malouda more to left winger, and cole just obeying the tactics sticking on DD's flank, i think that's what we're playing now... who knows how it will work. I'd like to see Essien dropped and some real hope given to the front 3 and midfield of not being isolated from each other.

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Interesting game. Boro away is a nightmare. Haven't lost there two years in a row now?

A win would be amazing!

Team:

Cech

Belletti - Alex - Riccy - Ferreira

Sweepy - Essien - Lampard - Malouda

Drogba - Kalou

However we will probably see Ben Haim instead of Alex or Ferreira.

I would have preferred this strike force Moos but sadly it looks as though Kalou's out injured too.

Playing Sheva and Drogs seems to be a recipe for disaster as they just don't seem to be able to complment each other.

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can be a Banana skin for some reason but I dont forsee it this time,

I would like to see

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

Beletti........Carvalho....Alex.........Ben Haim

...........................Maka............................

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

.......Joey.................................Malouda.....

..........................Drogs.............................

Bench Carlo, Pizarro, Paulo, Sheva, SWP,

I will stick a fiver on 0-2.

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Interesting game. Boro away is a nightmare. Haven't lost there two years in a row now?

A win would be amazing!

Team:

Cech

Belletti - Alex - Riccy - Ferreira

Sweepy - Essien - Lampard - Malouda

Drogba - Kalou

However we will probably see Ben Haim instead of Alex or Ferreira.

I would have preferred this strike force Moos but sadly it looks as though Kalou's out injured too.

Playing Sheva and Drogs seems to be a recipe for disaster as they just don't seem to be able to complment each other.

Bad news that Kalou is injured. Didn't know that icon_sad.gif

Oh, well. Sheva with Drogba isn't that bad. Who knows, perhaps he's better now after scoring for Ukraine 128.gif

Or else why not use Cole up front with Drogba? However "wasting" a winger when we have other strikers seems a bit stupid.

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.............................................cech

belletti...............carvalho....................alex..............ben haim

.............................................maka

...........................essien......................lamps

.......................................................................joe cole

............................drogba..................sheva

not much choice for variation in midfield without ballack and mikel available. erm, belletti in for his attacking down the right, ben haim showed a little promise going forward in pre season from leftback.

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oh no boro away, hate this fixture, along with villa away toon away 128.gif

Not this season I would not worry.

Boro are really quite poor at the moment and this is a great time to face them away.

I expect a relatively easy time of it 2-1 or even 3-0 if they really cave.

I know we have had problems in the past with them but not this season, not now.

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Oh, well. Sheva with Drogba isn't that bad

icon_lol.gif In a normal world Sheva and Drogs REALLY woudn't be that bad. Actually it should be one of the best striking partners in the world, but hey we are living in this world..

They should train together and work out some moves. Maybe their egos are too big for that.

petr

paulo ricardo alex ben tal

claude

michael frank

joey

didier andriy

i hope 0-2 for us, but i predict 2-2 or 3-3.

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According to the official site:

Chelsea will line-up in a 4-3-3 formation as follows:

1 Petr Cech

35 Juliano Belletti

33 Alex

6 Ricardo Carvalho

20 Paulo Ferreira

12 John Mikel Obi

5 Michael Essien

8 Frank Lampard ©

10 Joe Cole

15 Didier Drogba

15 Florent Malouda

Substitutes: 23 Carlo Cudicini, 22 Tal Ben-Haim, 9 Steve Sidwell, 24 Shaun Wright-Phillips, 7 Andriy Shevchencko.

No place for Pizarro? icon_confused.gif Glad to see Alex starting ahead of Ben-Haim though.

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