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Predicted Chelsea lineup against Manchester United: Diego Costa finally gets his shot

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Diego Costa's hilarious streak of always being either injured or suspended when Chelsea play Manchester United is set to finally come an end on Sunday.  No more André Schürrle or Oscar or Eden Hazard or whoever we've had deputize in times of striker-drought up front!  It's Diego time!  We might even win!

Other good news for Chelsea includes the aforementioned Hazard, who looks ready to rediscover himself and wreak havoc on opposition defenses once again.  While we did fail to find the net against Watford on Wednesday, in many ways that had something to do with the team not really bothering to play until the final quarter of an hour, once Eden arrived on the scene.  With Hazard good to go from the start, it might not be another MK Dons on Sunday, but surely we'll look livelier than midweek.

Further certainties should include the usual back four, Courtois in goal, and Mikel and Cesc Fabregas in some way, shape or form in midfield.  Which leaves two spots for the trio of Oscar, Willian, and Matic.  One would have to assume Willian starts on the right as usual, which then makes Hiddink's decision a familiar one: Matic & Mikel in midfield for a more defensive look or Fabregas & Mikel for a more attacking setup (with Oscar in the no.10).  It's a familiar conundrum though I think Hiddink will play it safe and go with the more defensive arrangement.

Courtois | Azpilicueta, Terry, Zouma, Ivanovic | Matic, Mikel | Hazard, Fàbregas, Willian | Costa

As expected, the community is not too keen on the two-DM look, but beyond that small tweak, we're all in agreement.

Courtois | Azpilicueta, Terry, Zouma, Ivanovic | Fàbregas, Mikel | Hazard, Oscar, Willian | Costa

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