Michy Batshuayi in, N’Golo Kante rested and a surprise starter: Chelsea lineups vs Hull City

It is FA Cup fourth round weekend and Chelsea face a long trip north to face Hull City.

The Blues make the trip to the KCOM Stadium for a clash against the Championship side, having defeated Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge in the third round.

Frank Lampard made several changes for the third round tie, with the likes of Willy Caballero, Pedro and Michy Batshuayi coming into the side, with Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ross Barkley both on target for the Blues.

The Chelsea head coach could make similar changes this weekend, with Batshuayi hoping for another chance in the first team, following the injury sustained by Tammy Abraham in the 2-2 draw with Arsenal in midweek.

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So how could Chelsea line up for the game? We take a look at the options as we look at the possible line-ups for the game, below.

Club writer Alan Smith

Frank Lampard will rest some of his key players but his line-up in the third-round win over Nottingham Forest tells us that it will still be a team full of seasoned internationals that faces Hull on Saturday evening.

Michy Batshuayi
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Willy Caballero will definitely start in goal, while Michy Batshuayi will lead the line. However, there are some intriguing questions in midfield regarding who is given a rest.

Mason Mount must be given a breather and Ross Barkley should start in his place but who of N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic misses out is anyone’s guess.

With Reece James shaking off the injury picked up away to Newcastle, it would not be a massive shock to see Tariq Lamptey start at right back and Lampard will also rotate his centre halves.

Alan Smith’s team (4-3-3): Caballero; Lamptey, Zouma, Tomori, Alonso; Jorginho, Kovacic, Barkley; Hudson-Odoi, Batshuayi, Pedro.

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