Eight-time FA Cup champions Chelsea will face Manchester United later today in the FA Cup semi-final.
The two sides faced off in the final of the same competition two years ago, and the Blues won the game 1-0, thanks to a goal from Eden Hazard.
The London club will be wary of Sunday’s opponents, who are undefeated in 19 games in all competitions have also beaten Chelsea thrice this season – twice in the Premier League and once in the League Cup.
Chelsea were eliminated by Manchester United in the FA Cup last season as well. The Blues have not been in top form lately, having lost to Sheffield United, and narrowly beating Crystal Palace and Norwich in the last three games.
Chelsea Team News: Young midfielder Billy Gilmour will miss the game, as will World Cup-winning player N’Golo Kante, who is still suffering from a thigh injury.
Ahead of this exciting match at Wembley, let’s take a look at the possible Chelsea lineup for the game against Manchester United.
Predicted Chelsea Lineup vs Manchester United
Willy Caballero has made three appearances in the FA Cup this season, and he could very well replace Kepa in the Chelsea lineup, who has been unimpressive lately.
Lampard may give a break to a few of his key players to keep them fresh for the all-important game against Liverpool in midweek. But, there may not be too many changes in defence. The backline of Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma, Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta could continue for the game against Manchester United.
Reece James and Andreas Christensen are options for Lampard at right-back and centre-back, respectively. Fikayo Tomori hasn’t played since the restart; he could be an option if Lampard decides to rotate the Chelsea lineup.
N’Golo Kante’s absence means that Jorginho will continue in the middle of the park, and he is expected to be supported by Mateo Kovacic, while Ross Barkley could come in for Ruben Loftus-Cheek in midfield. Mason Mount is an option for Lampard.
Olivier Giroud scored the only goal in the game against Norwich City last time around, and he is expected to keep his place in the Chelsea lineup. Christian Pulisic has been in great form since the restart, and he should start on the left side, while Willian will start on the right side.
Pulisic’s personal duel with Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be an interesting clash.