To start against

to act as a rival candidate against.

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ALAN PARDEW says Remy Cabella is poised to start against Chelsea on Saturday.
Hills quote 10-1 for five Kop stars to start against Italy.
Ryan Nelsen and William Gallas, who have a combined age of 68, look set to start against the Blues after Younes Kaboul was ruled out with a knee injury he suffered against Norwich on Monday.
However, England did the business without their target man and that may explain why Bet365 rate Carroll a 11-8 chance to start against the Swiss and 8-15 to be left out.
Ebanks-Blake is set to be available for selection, but he is unlikely to start against Hull.
Goalkeeper Peter Enckelman is set to start against a President's Select team at Alcochete (kick-off 11am).
But he says the door is open for players to book a place to start against his countrymen when Wales face the All Blacks the following weekend.
He suffered a broken ulnar bone in his left forearm on UCLA's last offensive play of the USC game, but plans to start against the Seminoles.
Blue Square - to start against Croatia: 4-11 E Heskey, 2 J Defoe.
Ventura College's Max Gutierrez is scheduled to start against a Delaware lineup that is coming off a 21-14 victory over Florida and has scored 35 runs during a 2-0 start at the World Series.
Everton midfielder Cahill wants to start against Brazil on Sunday - but coach Hiddink is threatening to leave him on the bench, as he fears his "silly" tackles will clock up a suspension.
Jamie Carragher failed to impress BBC's panel of Hansen, Wright and Dixon and as a result the bookies have drifted his price from 11-10 to 2-1 to start against Paraguay.