TEAM NEWS: CHELSEA V LIVERPOOL

Posted on: Sun 04 Oct 2009

Michael Ballack and Deco return for Chelsea in midfield, but Jose Bosingwa misses out due to injury.

The Portuguese full-back is unfit to return from European suspension and so Branislav Ivanovic retains his place at right-back.

Didier Drogba is back to lead the attack, with Nicolas Anelka supporting alongside Deco. Hilario plays in goal due to Petr Cech's suspension.

For Liverpool, Albert Riera and Emiliano Insua are preferred to Yossi Benayoun and Fabio Aurelio. Former Chelsea man Glen Johnson starts

Chelsea are expected to line up in the following 4-3-2-1 formation:

40 Hilario

2 Branislav Ivanovic

6 Ricardo Carvalho

26 John Terry (c)

3 Ashley Cole

13 Michael Ballack

5 Michael Essien

8 Frank Lampard

20 Deco

39 Nicolas Anelka

11 Didier Drogba

Substitutes: 22 Ross Turnbull, 35 Juliano Belletti, 18Yury Zhirkov, 10 Joe Cole, 15 Florent Malouda, 21 Salomon Kalou, 23 Daniel Sturridge.

Liverpool are expected to line up in the following 4-2-3-1 formation:

Reina; Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Insua; Mascherano, Lucas; Kuyt ,Gerrard ,Riera; Torres.

Substitutes: Cavalieri, Agger, Aurelio, Kyrgiakos, Benayoun, Babel, N'Gog.

The referee is Martin Atkinson.


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