PRE vs CHE: How Chelsea could lineup to book a spot in the fourth round of the English FA Cup Today

PRE vs CHE: How Chelsea could lineup to book a spot in the fourth round of the English FA Cup Today

 Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino is set to field a formidable lineup for the upcoming FA Cup clash against Preston North End.

Despite facing the challenge of having 10 key players unavailable, the Blues remain determined to keep their hopes alive for domestic silverware this season.

Djordje Petrovic, who has made a compelling case for himself following Robert Sanchez's injury, is likely to guard the goalposts and aim for another clean sheet against Preston.

With Marcus Bettinelli likely on the bench, Pochettino's defensive strategy includes the promising Alfie Gilchrist making his first start alongside Axel Disasi, seizing the opportunity to establish himself as a future replacement for Thiago Silva.

Malo Gusto is eyeing a start on the right, while Levi Colwill is expected to maintain his position on the left, with the absence of Marc Cucurella and Ben Chilwell due to injury.

In the midfield battle, Pochettino is likely to deploy the duo of Moises Caicedo and Conor Gallagher to ensure control of the game.

Further forward, Cole Palmer is poised to play an attacking role in the absence of Christopher Nkunku, who is recovering from a minor knock.

The attacking trio is spearheaded by Raheem Sterling, aiming to reclaim his spot with a impactful performance against Preston.

Partnered on the flanks by Mykhaylo Mudryk, the match provides a golden opportunity for both players to show their capabilities.

Leading the line for Chelsea is Armando Broja, stepping up in the absence of Nicolas Jackson, who is away representing Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations.

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