4-3-3: Alonso starts as Sarri makes 5 changes | Expected Chelsea line-up vs Man Utd
Chelsea take on Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Monday night. Here is the side I think Maurizio Sarri will select for the game:
Chelsea will look to book their place in the quarter finals of the FA Cup when they take on Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Monday night. Here is the side I think Maurizio Sarri will select for the game:
Goalkeeper: Willy Caballero has started in the last two rounds of the FA Cup but Sarri is being tipped to stick with first choice goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga for this huge clash with Man Utd.
Defence: Chelsea rested a couple of defenders during the 2-1 victory over Malmo in the Europa League on Thursday night but I think we’ll see Antonio Rudiger given a recall against United. David Luiz has been inconsistent of late but I still think the Brazilian international will keep his place with Andreas Christsensen the man to drop out.
Cesar Azpilicueta should retain his place at right-back while Marcos Alonso is likely to be recalled at left-back. The Spaniard has been poor lately and wasn’t in the squad against Malmo on Thursday night but I still think Sarri will recall him with Emerson Palmeiri making way.
Midfield: Chelsea should make at least one change in midfield with N’Golo Kante being recalled having been given a breather in midweek.
Jorginho should keep his place in the deep-lying playmaker position as he’s a key figure in Sarri’s side but it will be interesting to see who the third midfielder is going to be. Ross Barkley has started the last three matches but I think Mateo Kovacic will be the man to line-up alongside Jorginho and Kante against Man Utd.
Attack: We should see at least a couple of changes in attack as Eden Hazard is certain to be recalled after the Belgian international was rested for the Europa League clash on Thursday night.
Gonzalo Higuain was also named on the bench against Malmo and the Argentinean international is set to come back in to the Chelsea side up front with Olivier Giroud dropping out despite scoring the winner in midweek.
Sarri has a few options for the final place in attack as Pedro, Willian and Callum Hudson-Odoi are all vying for starts in the Chelsea line-up. Pedro has usually been the preferred choice but I think Sarri may go with Willian against United meaning Pedro and Hudson-Odoi will be named on the bench.
Here is how we think Chelsea will line-up:
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