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How Chelsea could line up against Manchester United

Sports Mole looks at how Chelsea could line up in Saturday's FA Cup final showdown with Manchester United at Wembley.

Chelsea have a chance to rescue their season this weekend when facing Manchester United in the 2018 FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium.

Twelve months on from losing to Arsenal in the showpiece event, the Blues must put a disappointing campaign to one side in what could be Antonio Conte's final match in charge.

The seven-time winners of the competition, who beat top-flight strugglers Southampton 2-0 in last month's semi-final, last lifted the cup in 2012.

Ahead of Saturday's huge showdown at the national stadium, Sports Mole predicts how Conte may line up his side.


Predicted Chelsea XI vs. Man Utd
Out: David Luiz, Ethan Ampadu, Danny Drinkwater

There is little to suggest that Conte will go with anything other than his familiar three-at-the-back system, which now includes Gary Cahill - and not Andreas Christensen - in the heart of the backline.

The biggest call for the Italian to make is whether to go with Alvaro Morata or Olivier Giroud up top, with the latter doing more to justify his selection since arriving at Stamford Bridge midway through the season.

Eden Hazard is certain to be used just off likely starter Giroud, while Willian will also feel that he is worthy of a place in the side for this final game of the campaign, unless Conte opts to pack out central midfield.

Like opponents United, who will bring in David de Gea for Sergio Romero, Chelsea appear likely to turn to regular stopper Thibaut Courtois on Saturday, despite Willy Caballero being used in four previous FA Cup ties, including the semi-final win against Southampton.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton166642319424
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Watford166372023-321
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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