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Chelsea have predicted the line-up against Man City

Chelsea have predicted the line-up against Man City

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Chelsea will be hoping that third time is really the appeal as they meet Manchester City in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday.

The Blues were eliminated by City from the Carabao Cup in November before losing 1-0 to Pep Guardiola in the Premier League last Thursday. The last defeat included an impressive display from Chelsea, but like this season, it wasn’t enough.

With a growing list of injuries to contend with, here’s the lineup Graham Potter could pick to try and keep Chelsea’s silver dream alive.

Carney Chukwuemeka

Chukwuemeka excelled against City/Craig Mercer/MB Media/GettyImages

TW: Kepa Arrizabalaga – With Edouard Mendy still out, Kepa will have a chance to redeem the poor decision that led to City’s winner on Thursday.

RB: Cesar Azpilicueta – It would be great to see young Dion Rankine give up a few minutes here, but veteran Azpilicueta is likely to get the nod.

CB: Trevoh Chalobah – Chalobah is unfortunate to have left the team recently and will step in and allow Thiago Silva to rest.

CB: Kalidou Koulibaly – Wesley Fofana is injured and Benoit Badiashile will not be in action so expect Koulibaly to get another start.

LB: Marc Cucurella – Lewis Hall has proven he can play for Chelsea but the teenager, who isn’t a left-back anyway, may have to accept an appearance from the bench behind Cucurella.

CM: Jorginho – Surprisingly not in the line-up on Thursday, Jorginho has a tough job that rivals Mateo Kovacic’s level of performance from the last game.

CM: Denis Zakaria – The biggest turnaround of the season, Zakaria has been tacitly Chelsea’s best midfielder for the last couple of games. This purchase option doesn’t look so stupid now.

CM: Carney Chukwuemeka – Chukwuemeka enjoyed what felt like a breakthrough performance against City and almost crowned it with a goal. The 19-year-old is ready for more responsibility.

AM: Hakim Ziyech – Losing Raheem Sterling, Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount to injury in about 24 hours isn’t ideal for Potter, whose attacking options are incredibly slim.

ST: Kai Havertz – Havertz impressed in his role as Free Roaming last time out and will likely take on a role as some sort of AM/ST hybrid.

ST: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Substituted on and off in the same game (which was disproportionate given his substitution after five minutes), Aubameyang will be keen to prove himself to his critics.

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