Ok, now that I've watched our game against Caen here are my two pence before we fail miserably.
Officially, the players who are going to miss this game will be Cabaye, Aurier and Lucas. Now the former two isn't the end of the world as they aren't starters but Lucas is a big loss. I don't know who we will start against Azpilicueta but Lucas would have been a big problem for him. There goes my dream of playing with actual wingers instead of the ineffective LW Edinson Cavani (whom Ivanovic will eat alive no problem).
However, word on twitter is that Thiago Motta is also missing. Now I wouldn't mind that much but Cabaye is also missing which means that we'd have to play a trio of Verratti, Matuidi and someone else who definitely doesn't have the shoulders for that type of game. It will either be Rabiot, who will get torn a new one by Fabregas, or Pastore, who I'd rather have on the wing. It is a very problematic position as we talking about the center midfielder of our flat 3. The one who is supposed to keep Fabregas quiet. So please let Thiago Motta start this one tomorrow. We need him.
If we do start with Motta here's what I think will be our line-up
Sirigu - Van der Wiel, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Maxwell - Verratti, Thiago Motta, Matuidi - Pastore, Ibra, Cavani.
Verrati is a sublime talent, and distributes for deep, so it's his responsibility to limit the influence Matic has on this match. I think Matuidi is brilliant, but I see Cesc and Oscar dominating that midfield battle. Costa vs. Luiz should be interesting.