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4-2-3-1 with Pedo and Hazard Dropped: Strongest Chelsea Lineup vs Manchester City?

Chelsea take on Manchester City in FA Cup fifth round hoping to overturn the European setback against PSG midweek. Ahead of the kick-off at Stamford Bridge, we take a look at Predicted Chelsea lineup vs Manchester City.

Manager Guus Hiddink will have the task of lifting the morale of his players ahead of the major FA Cup clash tomorrow night. One big change to Chelsea’s lineup could be Eden Hazard’s exclusion from the starting XI. The Belgium International has not played well in recent weeks amid his exit speculations.

Predicted Chelsea lineup vs Manchester City

Predicted Chelsea lineup vs Manchester City

Hiddink would be delighted to welcome Nemanja Matic to the lineup after the Serbian was banned from playing against PSG. Matic along with John Obi Mikel will counter the strong Man City’s midfield of Fernandino and Yaya Toure.

As for the Chelsea’s attacking force, Oscar will start from the left hand side replacing Hazard in Predicted Chelsea lineup vs Manchester City. Oscar played better than his Belgian teammate in the PSG game after coming on as a institute.

How will Chelsea line vs Man City in FA Cup?

Pedro will be another player to make way for Cesc Fabregas to operate in the number 10 role. Fabregas played in the deep lying play maker role, however, he is more effective playing in behind the striker.

Willian will be deployed from right wing to support Diego Costa in attack. As for Chelsea’s defense, there are very little options left to Hiddink. Baba Rahman will play as the left-back with Cesar Azpilicueta playing from the right-back position.

Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic will be Chelsea’s central defense partnership with Thibaut Courtois in goal. Odds will be in Chelsea’s favor for this game after Hiddink has turned things around for the club, while City are in a free fall right now.

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