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Chelsea predicted lineup vs Middlesbrough - FA Cup

Max Parsons
Thomas Tuchel saw his side win in Lille in midweek
Thomas Tuchel saw his side win in Lille in midweek / Soccrates Images/GettyImages
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Chelsea return to domestic action on Saturday evening, travelling to Middlesbrough for an FA Cup quarter-final clash.

Thomas Tuchel watched his men beat Lille 2-1 on Wednesday night, sealing their place in the last eight of the Champions League and securing a fifth successive victory in all competitions since losing the EFL Cup final to Liverpool last month.

FA Cup progression won't come easily, however, as they face a Middlesbrough side that has knocked Manchester United and Tottenham out already, while also going strong in the Championship. Here's how the visitors could shape up.


1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Kepa Arrizabalaga
Kepa Arrizabalaga should start here / Robin Jones/GettyImages

Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK) - Should get the nod over first-choice Edouard Mendy for this cup tie.

Trevoh Chalobah (CB) - Some slight rotation, as well as the forced absence of Andreas Christensen, should see Chalobah start this one.

Antonio Rudiger (CB) - The German never seems to require a rest, and should be set to provide the experience at the heart of defence.

Malang Sarr (CB) - Has played in both rounds for Chelsea so far this term and, despite some dodgy moments at Luton last time out, should continue.

2. Wing-backs & midfielders

Hakim Ziyech
Hakim Ziyech could come back into the side for this one / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Hakim Ziyech (RWB) - Reece James is a slight doubt to feature this Saturday, so we could see the Moroccan start on the right flank.

Mateo Kovacic (CM) - N'Golo Kante wasn't great in midweek and, reverting to a midfield duo, Tuchel could opt for Kovacic.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (CM) - Should be given a starting role here - maybe a deeper role, too - having played so well at Luton in the previous round.

Marcos Alonso (LWB) - Ben Chilwell remains out and Callum Hudson-Odoi represents a doubt, so the Spaniard should be set to continue in the side.

3. Forwards

Romelu Lukaku
Struggling for goals / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Mason Mount (RF) - One of Chelsea's best players after coming onto the field in midweek, Mount should come back into the starting XI for this FA Cup quarter-final.

Romelu Lukaku (ST) - His only goal in domestic football in 2022 came in round five - let's hope for a second here.

Timo Werner (LF) -
With one goal in 13 outings, Werner will do well to get through a defence that has proved too resolute for Spurs last time out.


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