Predicted Chelsea Lineup To Face Manchester United
Antonio Conte will be a happy man as his Chelsea side seem to be strolling their way to the Premier League title this season. They are not too far away from it but they face a couple of hurdles, the first of which will be at Old Trafford this weekend. Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United side, just hours after their long trip to Belgium for the Europa League, will welcome Chelsea for a Sunday night fixture in English Premier League.
United only managed to draw the game against Anderlecht but scored a crucial away goal and Mourinho might be tempted to rest a couple of star players to keep them fit for the second leg. Chelsea, who put in a commanding performance at the Dean Court in the previous round, will be sniffing all three points.
Though Conte is officially yet to talk about it, it is expected that Chelsea have a clean bill of health going into this tie.
Expected Starting XI:
Manager: Antonio Conte
GK – Thibaut Courtois
Though he suffering from a hip problem, Courtois has been tremendous at the back for Chelsea and should start this tie.
RCB – Cesar Azpilicueta
The Spaniard has been playing with an injured hand but that has not affected his form for the club and should keep his place in the first team for Chelsea.
CB – David Luiz
The Brazilian has been nursing a knee injury he picked up late last year but he has been playing through pain and should face Manchester United in a similar condition.
LCB – Gary Cahill
The veteran English center back has been solid this season but he will be up against the likes of Ibrahimović, Martial, Lingard, and Rashford. So he’ll have to be on his toes.
RM – Victor Moses
Just coming back from an injury, Moses had a decent outing in the previous round and will hope to put in a strong performance against the Red Devils.
CM – Nemanja Matic
Though Fabregas has been productive, Conte should start with Matic to add some mettle to the midfield.
CM – N’Golo Kante
The French star is one of the most important players for Chelsea and he will be up against his national colleague Paul Pogba in this tie.
LM – Marcos Alonso
Growing in confidence by the game, Alonso has been effective at both ends of the field for Chelsea and he will have a huge role to play on the wing for his side.
RW – Pedro
The Spanish winger has played perfect fiddle to Hazard and he should keep his place on the right-wing for this game.
LW – Eden Hazard
The Belgian star is the biggest threat to Manchester United and he will be up against the likes of Valencia and Bailly in this game. His performance will certainly have a say on the game’s outcome.
ST – Diego Costa
Though not productive in the last couple of games, Costa is a top-class striker and he could be the difference between the two sides on the night.