Chelsea predicted lineup vs Man Utd

Chelsea’s quest to restore a sliver of pride continues on Thursday with a trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United.

With fans now dreaming of climbing up to 11th and winning their remaining two games to only finish one point below their worst-ever Premier League tally, it’s safe to say things are pretty miserable in Frank Lampard’s camp right now, but a positive result here would go a long way to addressing that.

Here’s how the boss could set up.

GK: Kepa Arrizabalaga – Kepa may be playing his final two games as first-choice goalkeeper, with Chelsea looking to bring in a new face.

CB: Trevoh Chalobah – News of Benoit Badiashile’s hamstring injury limits the options available at the back and should lead to another start for Chalobah.

CB: Thiago Silva – With rumours of interest from both Brazil and Saudi Arabia, it’s not yet clear whether Silva’s farewell tour has started.

CB: Wesley Fofana – Fofana is expected to be a key part of Mauricio Pochettino’s defence and may soon be linking up with Levi Colwill.

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RM: Cesar Azpilicueta – Another whose time at Chelsea may be coming to an end, Azpilicueta will soon be giving his backup spot to Malo Gusto.

CM: Enzo Fernandez – Fernandez has (understandably) been visibly frustrated with the lack of movement ahead of him at times.

CM: Ruben Loftus-Cheek – This absolutely should be Carney Chukwuemeka, although his baffling struggle for minutes suggests Loftus-Cheek will get the start instead.

LM: Lewis Hall – Hall can absolutely hang at this level, despite the fact he is not even a left-back.

AM: Conor Gallagher – Gallagher’s high energy suits this style of press but his limited output in front of goal doesn’t help things. If only Chelsea had another academy graduate who could mount a challenge for this spot.

AM: Noni Madueke – One of the few bright spots of the past few weeks has been Lampard’s realisation that Madueke is, in fact, a baller.

ST: Kai Havertz – A new striker is on the cards this summer and there is no guarantee that Havertz, who is admired by Bayern Munich, remains at Chelsea.

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