Chelsea entertain Plymouth in the FA Cup fourth round as the Blues look to win a trophy that has alluded them at the final hurdle in the last two seasons.
Thomas Tuchel’s men signed off for their brief winter hiatus with a 2-0 victory over Tottenham last time out as Chelsea solidified third spot in the Premier League.
But the league now appears beyond Chelsea as Man City and Liverpool trade blows at the top of the table, which could see the FA Cup take on greater importance inside Stamford Bridge.
Here’s how the Blues could line up.
Kepa has stepped up in Mendy’s absence / Visionhaus/GettyImages
Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK) – The Spaniard has performed commendably in the absence of Edouard Mendy.
Cesar Azpilicueta (RB) – Doesn’t offer the same attacking threat as Reece James, but his deliveries from deep are still dangerous.
Andreas Christensen (CB) – The Denmark international is likely to return to the side after missing out in recent weeks through Covid-19.
Malang Sarr (CB) – Drafted into the team in recent weeks and his comfort in possession has been a huge boost for Tuchel.
Marcos Alonso (LB) – A mixed bag of performances since he was thrust into the team following Ben Chilwell’s season-ending injury.
Pulisic has been on international duty / James Williamson – AMA/GettyImages
Callum Hudson-Odoi (RM) – Quick, direct and his end product is improving each passing week.
Jorginho (CM) – The control in which the Italian brings in midfield will be vital against lower league opponents.
Saul Niguez (CM) – Has endured a turbulent settling in period after arriving from Atletico Madrid on loan in the summer.
Christian Pulisic (LM) – Can often cut a frustrated figure on the pitch, guilty of drifting out of games at crucial periods. Played for the USMNT in midweek and probably won’t play the full 90.
Havertz in action / Visionhaus/GettyImages
Kai Havertz (ST) – Despite his heroics in the Champions League final last season the German is still yet to fully convince in a Chelsea shirt.
Romelu Lukaku (ST) – Tuchel hasn’t been afraid to publicly criticise the Belgian as he aims to coax better performances from the former Inter man.
You can read 90min’s preview of Chelsea vs Plymouth here.
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