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Matic set for second Blues debut

 Chelsea remain without Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic for Sunday afternoon’s visit of Premier League champions Manchester United.

The pair are unlikely to return until later this month, so Ashley Cole is set to continue at left back with Cesar Azpilicueta playing on the right.

New signing Nemanja Matic could be included to make his second Blues debut, ironically in place of David Luiz, the man for whom the Serbia international was used as a makeweight to land in 2011.

The sides played out a goalless draw at Old Trafford back in August, while there last meeting at Stamford Bridge ended in a 1-0 win for the Blues in the quarter finals of the FA Cup.

Last season’s corresponding league match was won by United in October 2012, while Chelsea won in extra time when the sides met in the League Cup four days later.

Meanwhile, Ryan Bertrand has been loaned to Aston Villa for the rest of the season, Sky Sports understands.

The full back has been used sparingly this season, making just one appearance in the Premier League, and two in the League Cup.

He could make his debut tomorrow afternoon when Villa travel to Anfield to face Liverpool.

Chelsea ‘agree terms’ with Cavani

Chelsea have moved a step closer to signing Edinson Cavani after reportedly agreeing personal terms with the player, the Metro understands.

The Uruguay forward, who yesterday  scored twice only for his side to lose on penalties in the Confederations  Cup third and fourth place play-off, has also drawn interest from Real Madrid and Manchester City, though the Blues appear to have stolen a march on their rivals.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has previously revealed that only City had made an offer for the 26 year old, but it fell well short of their £54million valuation.

However, Sky Italia reporter Tancredi Palmeri has taken to Twitter to claim that terms have been agreed between Cavani and Chelsea, pending an argreement with the Serie A side.

Elsewhere, the Blues Brazilian duo David Luiz and Oscar emerged victorious is yesterday’s Confederations Cup final, with the hosts beating European and World Champions Spain by three goals to nil.

Juan Mata, Cezar Azpilicueta and Ferndando Torres all featured for Spain, who were defeated for the first time in twenty-seven internationals.

Torres won the tournaments Golden Boot with five goals, the same amount as Fred though the Spaniard clinched the honour by virtue of registering one more assist that his Brazilian counterpart.

Chelsea up to third

Chelsea secured their third win in six days, and kept their hopes of automatically qualifying for next seasons Champions League alive by coming from a goal down to beat Sunderland at Stamford Bridge.

The visitors, under the guidance of new manager Paolo Di Canio, took the lead on the stroke of half time when Cesar Azpilicueta turned the ball into his own net.

However, the Blues levelled shortly after the break thanks to another own goal, this time from Matthew Kilgallon who got the final touch following a shot from Oscar.

Chelsea’s winner also had a touch of good fortune; Branislav Ivanovic deflected a David Luiz shot in to hand the hosts three points which sees them rise to third in the division with just seven games left to play, starting with the trip to Fulham a week on Wednesday.

The club are currently joint on points with fourth place Tottenham Hotspur, with the sides set to meet at Stamford Bridge in the coming weeks. The Blues also have a game in hand over their London rivals.

However, they will now their attention to their Europa League Quarter Final second leg with Rubin Kazan in Russia on Thursday, before travelling to Wembley three days later for the FA Cup semi-final with Manchester City.