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Chelsea predicted XI: 4-3-3 system returns and crucial Mykhailo Mudryk decision vs Leicester in FA Cup tie

Chelsea will reach the last four of the FA Cup if they can beat Championship side Leicester tomorrow.

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has recently attempted to play a three-at-the-back system as evidenced by their set-up at Brentford and before that in the last 20 minutes against Manchester City last month. 

But against Leicester tomorrow afternoon, the Argentinian manager is expected to stick to what he knows best and that is the 4-3-3 system he's utilised since being appointed in the summer. The return of Ben Chilwell is a massive lift as he can play as a left winger or left-back. Benoit Badiashile is also back in training and could also feature.

Pochettino will be without midfield powerhouse Enzo Fernandez but revealed in his pre-game press conference that he had more than enough to cover for his 2022 World Cup-winning midfielder.

He told the press: "Yes [Enzo Fernandez's suspension aids his rest], and then it's international break. He will travel with the national team. Always you want to have your best players, but we have players to replace him and perform in the same way."

But Chelsea remain without Levi Colwill, Wesley Fofana, Reece James, Christopher Nkunku, Romeo Lavia and Lesley Ugochukwu for the Leicester test.

Pochettino's biggest selection headache will be who he plays in the number 10 role, Cole Palmer who has been an absolute star in this team has had his time there even though Mykhailo Mudryk is looking like rediscovering the form that made him such an attractive player to other Premier League clubs. He will be itching for a return in the middle.

There is so much riding on this game, so with that in mind, here is the team we anticipate the Chelsea boss will name.

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