No cake walk.
Chelsea take on League Two side Morecambe in the FA Cup 3rd Round on Sunday. League Two is the 4th Tier of English football in which Morecambe sit 7th in the table having won 10 drawn 4 and lost 6 this season. Morecambe are just 5 points from the top of the table and have won their last 4 games in a row as they go to Stamford Bridge as a team in form. The squad was under quarantine after a corona outbreak but they have been training for the last week and are able to play the game again.
Chelsea go into this game having lost to Man City last weekend after what was a below par first half. Chelsea reached the FA Cup final last season and we will be hoping to emulate that run and eventually win it this season. For Chelsea the upcoming run of games is very tough with Lampard needing a bounce back to regain momentum in his favour. Lampard is under no direct threat at the moment but there are question marks and Chelsea need to return to winning ways to remove them. Essentially we need to go back to basics and that starts against Morecambe.
Chelsea Team Preview
Christensen, Reece James, and Kante are out due to injuries although Reece James should be back in training on Saturday. Chelsea have brought in youngsters Jude Soonsup-Bell, Tino Anjorin, Tino Livramento, Lewis Bate, and Henry Lawrence over the last 2-3 weeks to prepare for this game and give some of these players a start for the senior team. I expect Kepa to start in goal with Lawrence, Tomori, Rudiger, and Emerson starting in defence. Gilmour should start in the CDM position with Bate, and Havertz as the 8’s. Hudson-Odoi, and Anjorin should start as the wingers with Werner up front. There’s going to be plenty of depth of the bench and the likes of Soonsup-Bell and Livramento can come on if the team is playing well and has a good lead. Werner, and Kai need some momentum and maybe goals against Morecambe can kick start a good run of form. CHO deserves to start while Anjorin should impress once again.
Morecambe Team Preview
Morecambe are a team in good form and they will go into this game having no worries and trying to give it their all. Attacking midfielder Phillips, and winger Gomes are the threats for Morecambe having contributed the most goals this season but their defence is quite shaky having conceded 30 goals this season. It will be interesting to see their team play as they use a traditional 4-2-3-1 formation.
Starting XI Prediction
Chelsea need to be at the top of their game because Morecambe have nothing to lose. A big chance for the youngsters to make a mark and hopefully a chance for the out of form players to kick start a strong patch of form. COME ON CHELSEA!!!