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West Brom vs Chelsea (Chelsea Predicted Line-up)
Chelsea is not playing like champions even though its early in the season. Chelsea played poorly against Man City last Sunday, losing 3-0. Chelsea recently signed Augsburg left back, Baba Rahman. Chelsea also agreed fees with Barcelona to sign Barca winger, Pedro Rodriguez. Chelsea are also preparing a final bid for Everton young gun center back, John Stones. Chelsea need to get their football swagger as soon as possible before the other clubs. So I chose a 5-4-1 like formation. I put Begovic in goal for suspended Courtois. Begovic needs to play better. He is a world class goalkeeper. Then I have Ivanovic (RWB), Zouma (RCB), Cahill (CB), Terry (LCB), Baba (LWB) in the back. Mourinho normally plays 4 defenders in the back but since wingers like Jefferson Montero, David Silva, and Raheem Sterling who made the Chelsea defence collapse brings him furious. So with 5 defenders and 2 wingbacks who are eligible to play both defence and attack will make the game more safer. Then I put Matic in CDM. Chelsea played with 2 center midfielders against Man City. Critics saying Fabregas didn't help the defense at all. So with "6 defenders" (Zouma, Cahill, Terry, Ivanovic, Baba, and Matic") and 3 that can play attack too will make Chelsea fans from pissed to relaxing. I hope Baba has a great debut. Then I put the playmakers on the attack. Willian (RW), Fabregas (CAM), and Hazard (LW). Oscar should probably lay off for a bit. I put Fabregas in the No.10 role because since he wasn't helping the defense against Man City, why can't he be a creative threat alongside Hazard and Willian. Then I put Falcao in CF. I might be crazy since lots of people would consider Costa or even Remy over Falcao. But I really think Falcao needs to start and adapt Hazard's, Willian's, and Fabregas's creative plays that he can certainly be a part in. But Falcao is a different striker than former No.9, Fernando Torres. Fernando Torres goes wide a lot like a winger. What Falcao has that Torres doesn't is his intelligence and positioning. Chelsea need to stop "thinking" Falcao is Torres and do plays he can adapt in and always be a threat in. I predict Chelsea will win 3-0 with this formation because the defense has more supporting players and the attack also has more attacking options like Ivanovic and new signing, Baba. On the bench, I'd put Blackman, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Oscar, Ramires, Costa, Remy.