Predicted Chelsea XI to play Everton - Drogba to start?

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Match to be played on Saturday 30th August 2014 at 17:30. Venue: Goodison Park, Liverpool.

Chelsea head into this weekend’s match at Everton looking to preserve a perfect start to the Premier League season.

This is arguably a much tougher test for Jose Mourinho’s new look side after relatively comfortable victories against Burnley and Leicester City in their opening two games.

We’ve attempted to name the side Mourinho could go with for the match.

GK – Thibaut Courtois

The young Belgian has looked impressive since he was installed as the club’s number one by Mourinho. He starts.

RB – Branislav Ivanovic

The defender continues to be effective from the right hand side, which will more than likely convince Mourinho to keep him there.

CB – Gary Cahill

Cahill has looked in decent form so far this season and there’s no reason to move him from the middle of the defence.

CB – John Terry

Terry injects experience into the back four and he’ll be fresh having had a week to recover after the Leicester game.

LB – Cesar Azpilicueta

Azpilicueta’s form continues to prevent Filipe Luis from a Premier League debut. The Spaniard is effective at both ends of the pitch.

RM – Willian

Andre Schurrle picked up a leg injury in the game against Leicester, which saw him subbed off. If he doesn’t recover, Willian will step in.

DM – Nemanja Matic

Matic is an imposing and experienced figure to have patrolling the space in front of the back four and offering extra protection.

CM – Cesc Fabregas

Fabregas has been in great form for the Blues already this season. He can sit and hold in the middle as well as getting forward into areas the number ten would play.

AM – Oscar

Mourinho likes Oscar because he works his socks off. He hasn’t been at his best yet this season but he’s another player who can win this game in an instant.

LM – Eden Hazard

Hazard is at his best when he has the ball at his feet and when he can run at opponents. He could relish the chance to counter attack.

SEE ALSO: Who joins Fabregas and Lamela in the team of the week?

ST – Didier Drogba

Reports suggest Diego Costa has suffered a hamstring problem, which could mean a Premier League start for the Blues legend. It's a shame as Costa has been in great form.

Who should Mourinho start against Everton?

Form Guide

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