Hazard and Morata start, 3-4-3: Predicted Chelsea lineup to face Leicester City

Chelsea Made Yet Another HistoryChelsea are at the King Power Stadium for Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final versus Leicester City.

The Blues come into the game on the back of a disappointing Champions League round of 16 exit at the hands of Barcelona, and they will be desperate to keep their silverware hopes alive on the road to the Foxes.

Formation: 3-4-3

Lineup:

Willy Caballero has been the preferred pick for the Cup competition this term, and Antonio Conte could probably stick with the Argentine ahead of current first-choice Thibaut Courtois, who was prone to mistakes at the Camp Nou.

In central defence, we are anticipating more of the same from the Blues. Cesar Azpilicueta is likely to lead the club once more in a three-man backline involving Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.

Victor Moses has not been fluent with his delivery from the right-wing back position, but judging by Conte’s selection of late, the Nigerian is likely to retain his spot with Marcos Alonso featuring in the left wing-back spot.

In midfield, N’Golo Kante is certain to start on the day, and Conte could be tempted to pair him alongside Danny Drinkwater, with the pair more accustomed to the opposition’s tactics back from their Leicester days.

Further forward, Willian has been by far the Blues’ best option on the right side of the attack, and it is a no-brainer to start him after his recent performances against the likes of Manchester United and Barcelona.

Other than this, Eden Hazard should slot into his regular left-wing role for the Cup quarter-final, whilst Alvaro Morata may probably get the nod over Olivier Giroud, who was below-par during his maiden Champions League start for the Blues in midweek.

Morata has not been in the best of form with 13 straight matches without a goal, but he is still capable of coming up with moments of brilliance in the counter-attack with his pace. The cross-field ball from Azpilicueta worked to Morata’s benefit earlier in the season.

Predicted Lineup (3-4-3): Caballero; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen; Moses, Kante, Drinkwater, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Morata

 

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