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James Returns: Chelsea Predicted Lineup vs Manchester United

Mykhailo Mudryk celebrates goal in front of Chelsea fans

This is a Chelsea predicted lineup for their Premier League clash with Manchester United on December 6. The Blues are coming off a resounding 3-2 win over Brighton & Hove Albion so they will be aiming to take maximum points off another team above them in the table.

Chelsea Predicted Lineup vs Manchester United in Premier League Clash

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How Chelsea Have Lined Up Recently

The starting eleven has seen some forced changes due to suspensions and injuries in recent weeks. Despite the fluctuations, Robert Sanchez has been the preferred number one between the sticks all season long. In front of him the defense has seen some changes with Marc Cucurella, Reece James, Levi Colwill, Malo Gusto, Axel Disasi, Benoit Badiashile, and Thiago Silva all seeing the field as part of a back four.

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The defensive midfield pivot has been occupied by Lesley Ugochukwu, Moises Caicedo, and Enzo Fernandez. Further up Conor Gallagher, Cole Palmer, Raheem Sterling, and Mykhailo Mudryk have all started in attacking positions. Nicolas Jackson remains the primary striking option.

Chelsea Recent Form and Tactics

Mauricio Pochettino has been steadfast in his 4-2-3-1 setup, although against Brighton the team looked to be using more of a 4-1-4-1 to compensate for the lack of full backs. Aside from the disastrous 4-1 defeat at Newcastle the team has been performing relatively well.

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A 4-4 draw with the Citizens, a 4-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur, and a resilient 3-2 win over the Seagulls saw the team score goals and gut through some tough moments, something that looked impossible for Pochettino’s Chelsea to start the campaign.

Chelsea Absences to Consider

After getting sent off in the previous match, Gallagher will miss this crucial clash at Old Trafford. He is accompanied by a growing injury list which has added two new faces to the sidelines. Noni Madueke and Ugochukwu are the newest names to be added to the injury report.

They are joined by regular fixtures on the sidelines like Romeo Lavia, Christopher Nkunku, Trevoh Chalobah,  Ben Chilwell, Carney Chukwuemeka, Wesley Fofana, and Gusto. Mudryk went off early in the previous outing but his absence from the injury report indicates he is ok to play.

Chelsea Predicted Lineup

GK – Robert Sanchez

LB – Levi Colwill

CB – Benoit Badiashile

CB – Thiago Silva

RB – Reece James

DM – Moises Caicedo

DM – Enzo Fernandez

AM – Raheem Sterling

AM – Cole Palmer

AM – Mykhailo Mudryk

ST – Nicolas Jackson

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