Chelsea are scheduled to face London rivals Arsenal in the FA Cup final on Saturday evening. The Blues are set to play in their 14th final of the famous old competition and will be aiming to lift the trophy for the ninth occasion.
Kepa Arrizabalaga was dropped by Frank Lampard for the final game of the Premier League campaign on the back of a number of average displays in goal. Willy Caballero kept a clean sheet on his return to the lineup and the veteran should start the FA Cup final.
Lampard is likely to stick with a three-man backline which has improved the club’s defensive displays and made them more organised. Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma and Cesar Azpilicueta will make up the central defence.
Reece James and Marcos Alonso have been the preferred picks for Lampard in right and left wing-back positions respectively. Alonso has bagged key goals against Arsenal in the past. The Spaniard has netted three times from his previous 11 meetings.
In the centre of the park, Jorginho could drop to the bench, suppose N’Golo Kante has completely recovered from his hamstring concern. The Frenchman has endured an injury-plagued campaign, but he continues to remain an important player under Frank Lampard.
He could be accompanied by Mateo Kovacic. The Croatian had an ice pack strapped to his leg following the recent 2-0 win over Wolves, but that should not pose a concern. Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be game-changing options for Lampard off the bench.
The front three could remain unchanged from the Wolves clash. Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount should play either side of Olivier Giroud, who is expected to lead the attack. The trio have been in fine form since the restart and Giroud has been consistent upfront with six goals in his previous six starts for the Blues.
Willian missed the final game of the league campaign with a minor injury, but he is due to return for the FA Cup final. However, we are anticipating that he could start on the bench, considering he has been linked with a possible free transfer to the Gunners following the game.
How Chelsea could line up vs Arsenal in the FA Cup final
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