Chelsea's predicted lineup to face Manchester United
Chelsea's predicted lineup to face Manchester United
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Chelsea's predicted lineup to face Manchester United

Chelsea will on Monday night welcome Manchester United in a key clash that could have a bearing in the race for a top-four finish this season. 

Frank Lampard's men hold a six-point lead over their Monday night visitors and will be keen to pick a win that will stretch it to nine points. 

Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal both won their fixtures, adding more pressure to both teams as the season drifts slowly towards the end. 

Ole Gunnar has already won twice against Frank Lampard; a 4-0 win in the league and a 2-1 victory in the League Cup quarters, and will be aiming to make it three out of three this season. 

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Lampard has been boosted by the return of Christian Pulisic who has not been in action since New Year. 

The American though might not get a nod in the starting lineup but could get a spot on the bench. 

Lampard has an almost entire squad fully-fit to pick from and might decide to stir up things a little bit. 

Playing the midfield trio of Jorginho, Kante and Kovacic has not worked in the few matches they started together, but we might see their return in a 4-3-3 formation that will give them some dominance in the middle of the park.

Kepa Arrizabalaga is expected to return to the starting lineup having missed the match against Leicester. 

Rudiger and Christensen will partner in defense, with James and Azpilicueta playing as full-backs. 

Upfront Willian, who was rested in favour of Pedro last time out will be drafted back, and Callum Hudson-Odoi starting on the other flank. 

Chelsea's predicted starting XI: Arrizabalaga; James, Rudiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta; Kovacic, Jorginho, Kante; Mount, Abraham, Willian

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