FA Cup: Chelsea Vs Manchester United - Preview, team news and predicted line-ups

Chelsea face Manchester United in an FA Cup quarter-final clash at the Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, March 14

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London, Mar 12: English giants and rivals Chelsea and Manchester United lock horns in a crucial FA Cup quarter-final clash on Tuesday, March 14 at the Stamford Bridge Stadium.

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This will be the second time that the Blues and the Red Devils will come face to face this season. Also, this will be the second time that Jose Mourinho will visit Stamford since his departure as Chelsea manager in 2015.

From left: Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho

The last time this two teams met, Chelsea emerged victorious by a convincing 4-0 margin at their home.


Kick off: 1:15 AM (IST)

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London

The match will be telecasted LIVE on Sony ESPN HD


Team News

Manchester United are traveling to London without their star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic who has been handed a three-match suspension by the FA due to his rough challenge against AFC Bournemouth defender last weekend.

Marcus Rashford is likely to start in place of the Swedish superstar in the striker's position. Mourinho may also consider veteran forward and the club captain Rooney to step up at the big stage

Other than Zlatan's absence, Mourinho does not have any other major injury concerns.

For Chelsea, Antonio Conte does not have any major injury crisis and he is likely to field his best possible starting XI as he has a good chance of winning the double with the Blues in his debut season.

Cesc Fabregas is likely to retain his position in the central midfield alongside N'Golo Kante. Pedro will start alongside Eden Hazard and Diego Costa up front.


Predicted lineups

Chelsea (3-4-3): Thibaut Courtois; Gary Cahill, David Luiz, Cesar Azpilicueta; Victor Moses, N'Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas, Marcos Alonso; Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, Pedro

Chelsea formation

Manchester United (4-2-3-1): David De Gea; Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo; Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera; Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Anthony Martial; Marcus Rashford.

Manchester United formation


Prediction

Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United

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