Last year’s final in the 5th round!
Chelsea beat Malmo at midweek in Sweden with a rotated squad and with many players rested. United lost to PSG midweek in what was their first loss under Ole and also lost Lingard and Martial to injury something they had not planned for. United have been flying high since Ole took charge and they finally moved into the top four last weekend after Chelsea’s abysmal loss to City. These are crucial games for United but they are more likely to concentrate on the league and a top four finish rather than the FA Cup although at the end of the day that is just talk.
Chelsea need to win this game and there is no point of analysing the game too much as a positive reaction and a win are the only options that the Chelsea players can afford. No matter what the lineup and who are selected Chelsea need to start winning their games again and a home game against United in the FA Cup is the perfect way to get back on the move.
Chelsea Team Preview
Chelsea have a full squad to select from and if Sarri wants keep his support going from the Chelsea fan base he needs to start CHO alongside Hazard and Giroud. Emerson should start ahead of Alonso but it is likely Alonso could start. IF RLC is fit then RLC should start but he should not be risked if his back is still a problem. Christensen could start alongside Rudiger but Luiz’s long balls are a danger.
Man United Team Preview
With Lingard and Martial out the only real problem area for Ole comes in deciding who starts alongside Rashford. Ole has two options either start Lukaku and Rashford with Mata behind them or start Rashford, Lukaku, and Sanchez in a front three. The rest should be pretty standard.
Starting XI Prediction
This game has the potential to be a statement game for the players at Chelsea Football Club. Win the game and show that they are strong players who back the manager and can take good momentum into the League Cup final. COME ON YOU BLUES!!!!!