Mikel, Drogba lead Chelsea against Saint

By The Citizen
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Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho has a full squad to choose from when the Premier League leaders tackle Southampton Sunday.

The Blues boss is likely to make changes for the Blues' second match in three days.

Andre Schurrle, John Obi Mikel, Filipe Luis and Didier Drogba are among those who could come in.

Chelsea provisional squad: Courtois, Cech, Ivanovic, Luis, Fabregas, Zouma, Ake, Ramires, Oscar, Hazard, Drogba, Mikel, Schurrle, Salah, Remy, Costa, Matic, Willian, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Schwarzer.

Mourinho has been forced to defend Branislav Ivanovic after he became the latest Chelsea player caught in a diving storm.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce accused Blues defender Ivanovic of going down too easily after a first-half tussle with Andy Carroll in the Hammers box.

League leaders Chelsea were in the spotlight a fortnight ago after Willian and Diego Costa were booked for diving against Hull.

Allardyce said: 'I thought he (Ivanovic) went down looking for a penalty. I don't know about (players being) entitled to go down.

'They try and make the referees' mind up for them.

'Staying on your feet does not get rewarded if you're fouled. We all know that.'

Allardyce refused to go any further when asked whether Ivanovic deserved a booking, saying: 'I'm not paying any more money to the FA.'

But Mourinho backed his man, saying: 'I think it's a penalty. The other guy grabs him if you look at it on television. But it was an isolated situation.'

Meanwhile, Louis Van Gaal takes his in-form Manchester United side to Tottenham today without six key players

Angel Di Maria is likely to miss out with a pelvic injury, while Marouane Fellaini and Adnan Januzaj are both ill.

Marcos Rojo (thigh) and Ander Herrera (foot) are also absent for the trip south.

Sunday's EPL Fixtures
Tottenham                      Vs     Man United 12.00

Southampton                 Vs     Chelsea  14.05

Aston Villa                      Vs     Sunderland  15.00

Hull                                  Vs      Leicester  15.00

Man City                         Vs      Burley  15.00

QPR                                 Vs      Crystal Palace  15.00

Stoke                              Vs       West Brom  15.00

West Ham                      Vs       Arsenal 15.00

Newcastle                      Vs      Everton  15.00

Agency report