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

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Chelsea are back in FA Cup action this weekend, with Blues head coach Frank Lampard having several options to change his side for the trip to the KCOM Stadium
Chelsea vs Hull City lineups: Michy Batshuayi in, N'Golo Kante rested and a surprise starter
Michy Batshuayi during Chelsea’s pre-season game against RB Salzburg in Austria 
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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.

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.

Chelsea vs Hull City lineups: Michy Batshuayi in, N'Golo Kante rested and a surprise starter
Michy Batshuayi (Image: Chloe Knott/Danehouse/Getty Images)

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.

Production editor Robert Warlow

As he did in the last round, it is likely that Frank Lampard will make some changes for the game at Hull.

Kepa Arrizabalaga has come in for criticism in recent weeks, and Willy Caballero is likely to replace him, as he usually does for cup games.

Chelsea vs Hull City lineups: Michy Batshuayi in, N'Golo Kante rested and a surprise starter
Fikayo Tomori and Ross Barkley during a session at the Chelsea Training Ground (Image: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

In defence, Lampard could choose to give Antonio Rudiger a rest, with Fikayo Tomori and Kurt Zouma both hoping for recalls, while in midfield, Ross Barkley and Mason Mount will be looking to feature, with at least one of N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic likely to be rested.

Up front, Batshuayi should replace Abraham up front with doubts over the English international’s fitness, while Pedro could come in to replace Willian, with Hudson-Odoi again playing as part of the forward three.

Robert’s team (4-3-3): Caballero; James, Tomori, Zouma, Emerson; Kovacic, Barkley, Jorginho; Hudson-Odoi, Batshuayi, Pedro.

We’ve had our say on the team Frank Lampard could pick, but what do you think?

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SOURCE: FOOTBALL.LONDON

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