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Mata and Torres start for Chelsea, Hart dropped by City

ESPN staff
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Jose Mourinho has made three changes to the Chelsea side which beat West Hame, for the visit of Southampton. Juan Mata, Michael Essien and Fernando Torres replace Mikel, Frank Lampard and Samuel Eto'o.

Willian and Andre Schurrle have been named among the substitutes.

For Southampton, Rickie Lambert is on the bench as Dani Osvaldo is preferred up front. Gaston Ramirez misses out altogether.

Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Essien, Ramires; Mata, Oscar, Hazard; Torres

Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, Mikel, Lampard, Schurrle, Willian, Ba

Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Wanyama, Schneiderlin, Ward-Prowse, Lallana (c), Rodriguez, Osvaldo

Subs: Gazzaniga (GK), Yoshida, Lambert, S. Davis, Cork, Chambers, Hooiveld.

Meanwhile, Joe Hart has been dropped back to the bench for Manchester City's game with Swansea, despite impressing during Champions League action against Plzen.

Costel Pantilimon will start between the sticks for Manuel Pellegrini's side, while Fernandinho and Jesus Navas also start at the Etihad.

Michael Laudrup has made seven changes to his side, while there is no Wilfried Bony for the visitors.

Manchester City: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Lescott, Demichelis, Clichy, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure (C), Navas, Nasri, Negredo, Aguero

Swansea: Tremmel; Tiendalli, Chico Flores, Williams ©, Davies; Canas, de Guzman, Shelvey, Pozuelo, Hernandez; Vazquez

Subs: Vorm, Taylor, Amat, Routledge, Lamah, Dyer, Donnelly

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