Chelsea vs. Sporting Lisbon: An Alternative Preview

Probable Lineups…

Sporting ChelseaChelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech, Christensen, Cahill, Zouma, Luis, Ramires, Mikel, Salah, Schurrle, Remy, Costa

Jose Mourinho has an almost fully fit squad except for the injured to Nathan Ake as he prepares to field a rotated squad to face Sporting Lisbon, because his side have already ensured a top place finish. Petr Cech returns to the starting eleven and is joined by Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma at in defence. Mohamed Salah, Andre Schurrle, and Loic Remy should make up an attacking midfield trio with Diego Costa confirmed to lead the line. Mourinho has chosen to rest a number of his key figures after they fell to their first defeat of the season at the hands of Newcastle United. Another youngster, Ruben Loftus-Cheek is also tipped to feature in the match, but is likely to start the match on the bench.

Sporting Lisbon (4-3-3): Patricio, Nascimento, Mauricio, Sarr, Silva, Mario, Carvalho, Silva, Carrillo, Slimani, Mane

The biggest blow for Marcos Silva will be that he is without on-loan Manchester United winger Nani, who has been on top form ever since making his switch from England. The pacey attacker suffered an injury and will be forced to watch his side’s fight for qualification from the sidelines. Apart from that, Sporting Lisbon will also be without the services of right back Cedric Soares, but is likely to be replaced by Jefferson Nascimento.

What the fans are saying…

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Last time these two teams met, Nemanja Matic scored the games only goal helping Chelsea come away with all three points. Now, the Blues have nothing to lose as Sporting Lisbon need to fight for the win while hoping the other results go their way.

Stats to wrap your head around…

Chelsea vs. Sporting Lisbon: An Alternative Preview