Chelsea will face off against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Monday night looking to make it through to the next round of the FA Cup. The Pensioners have been inconsistent with their performances on the pitch in recent weeks which doesn’t bode well for them heading into this clash versus the Red Devils.
Maurizio Sarri is expected to opt for a 4-3-3 formation with Gonzalo Higuain set to lead the line for the West London outfit.
4-3-3 Chelsea Predicted Lineup To Face Manchester United
Kepa Arrizabalaga will begin the match in between the sticks as the first-choice goalkeeper for the home side on Monday night despite conceding seven goals in his past two starts across all competitions. The Spanish goalie will need to put in a much-improved performance at the back if the Pensioners are to get a positive result in front of their home supporters.
The Chelsea boss might go for the defensive pair of David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger who would both play as the centre-backs. They would be in for a tough outing against one of the most in-form forwards in the Premier League in Marcus Rashford.
Cesar Azpilicueta should retain his place on the right side of Sarri’s backline, but he needs to be more creative in the opposition half. Marcos Alonso should get the nod to start at left-back as the Spaniard looks to regain his old form for Chelsea down the left flank.
The midfield trio of Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho and N’Golo Kante might retain their roles at the centre of the park despite putting in a disappointing display against Manchester City last weekend. Sarri would demand a positive response from his midfield talents as their performances will be integral in deciding the fate of this FA Cup encounter.
Both Eden Hazard and Willian should feature as the wingers down the wide areas as they look to create a few good opportunities for Gonzalo Higuain who will lead the line for the home side up front.
The Argentine goal-scorer was brought into the club in January so that he can score goals consistently under Sarri. He has managed to score two goals in three appearances for Chelsea, so we can expect him to be a massive threat to the Man United defenders on Monday.