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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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1Liverpool31237170185276
2Manchester CityMan City30242479215874
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs30201957322561
4Arsenal30186663392460
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd30177658401858
6Chelsea30176750331757
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves30128103836244
8Watford30127114244-243
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham31126134146-542
10Leicester CityLeicester31125144043-341
11Everton31117134342140
12Bournemouth31115154356-1338
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3198143140-935
14Crystal Palace3096153641-533
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2996143242-1033
16Southampton3079143450-1630
17Burnley3186173559-2430
18Cardiff CityCardiff3084182757-3028
19Fulham3145222970-4117
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3135231857-3914

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