Chelsea FC vs Genk: Predicting AVB's Starting XI for the Blues' Upcoming CL Game

Vincent GaspariniCorrespondent IOctober 16, 2011

Chelsea FC vs Genk: Predicting AVB's Starting XI for the Blues' Upcoming CL Game

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    This Wednesday, Chelsea FC will face off against Belgian side Racing Genk in the third round Champions League game at Stamford Bridge.

    After an emphatic win this weekend against Everton, AVB and the Blues will be looking to extend their five-game unbeaten run and take the coveted three points and maintain our lead at the top of Group E.

    Genk is arguably the weakest team in our group, but AVB will certainly not be taking them lightly. Here is his probable starting XI...

GK: Petr Cech

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    Petr Cech will of course be Chelsea's man between the posts.

    He had a good game against the Toffees, albeit he had little to do. Even still, he's always solid and reliable.

RB: Jose Bosingwa

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    The revived Bosingwa will be AVB's selection at right-back once again most likely.

    The Portuguese, as we all know, has seen a revival under his compatriot Villas-Boas, and is now preffered to Ivanovic on the right.

    He had his best game so far this season against Everton, providing crosses well, and some pretty solid defending.

CB: David Luiz

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    After a rough international break, playing two consecutive game for his native Brazil, Luiz was rested on Saturday against the Toffees.

    As a result of this, the Brazilian appears set to start on Wednesday against Genk.

    His aptitude going forward, combined with his tactful defending, are quite appealing to AVB, and he'll most likely be starting on Wednesday.

CB: John Terry

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    Chelsea's captain looks set to start for the Blues once again.

    After capping off his momentous 350th appearance for Chelsea with a spectacular goal, Terry will likely be featuring alongside of David Luiz at center-back on Wednesday.

LB: Ashley Cole

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    Ashley Cole is practically as certain a starter as the indispensable Cech is, with age seemingly having no effect on his skills both defensively and going forward.

    He assisted Daniel Sturridge's goal on Saturday against Everton, and will likely retain his spot as the Blues' starting left-back.

CM: Ramires

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    Ramires will likely be retaining his place in the Blues starting XI on Wednesday.

    The "Blue Kenyan," as he's been called for his immense speed and stamina, had a great game against Everton this weekend, which was capped off by his goal in the second half.

    A knock just after that goal and his subsequent substitution gave Chelsea fans a scare, but AVB confirmed yesterday that the Brazilian would likely be available for selection on Wednesday.

CM: Raul Meireles

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    Meireles has proved to be a good acquisition for the Blues since his transfer to Stamford Bridge from Liverpool on the last day of the transfer window this summer, and his non-appearance in Saturday's game against Everton seems to signal that he'll feature in AVB's plans for Wednesday.

CAM: Frank Lampard

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    Lamps will likely be starting for his third game in a row, even after the media had declared his career all but dead just a few weeks ago.

    His hat-trick against Bolton two weeks ago shoved his critics' words of doubt right back down their throats, and his playing yesterday proved the midfielder has still got it.

LW: Juan Mata

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    Chelsea's star acquisition of the summer is set to again start against Genk this week.

    He gives Chelsea that spark of creativity and tactfulness they have been missing for quite awhile, and is arguably the most important player in the Blues squad for that very reason.

RW: Daniel Sturridge

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    Sturridge has been in fine form, scoring four goals in four Premier League appearances since the end of his three-game suspension he incurred from a red card in the last game of last season.

    But since his return, he's been impressing more and more every game, scoring a brace against Bolton Wanderers, as well as another goal yesterday against David Moyes' Everton side.

    And he's likely to retain his starting place as the Blues' right winger on Wednesday.

CF: Fernando Torres

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    Torres will likely see his return to action this Wednesday, which will be his first appearance in Chelsea blue in the last three weeks since our last Champions League game against Valencia.

    He's currently, as we all remember, serving a three match ban for the red card he elicited from a harsh challenge in the Swansea game nearly a month ago. And while he's not available to play in the Premier League until Chelsea's game against Arsenal on Oct. 29, he's likely to start in this CL game.