Predicted Chelsea XI vs Leicester: Mudryk starts in 4-2-3-1 formation

Chelsea are set to invite Leicester City to Stamford Bridge for an FA Cup Quarter-Final encounter on Sunday at 12:45 PM BST. The Blues are going into the game on the back of a thrilling win against Newcastle earlier this week.
Chelsea FC will be looking to clinch a win against Leicester on Sunday in the FA Cup Quarters
Chelsea FC will be looking to clinch a win against Leicester on Sunday in the FA Cup Quarters / Marc Atkins/GettyImages
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Conor Gallagher
Chelsea FC v Newcastle United - Premier League / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

Central Midfielder: Conor Gallagher

A suspension to Enzo Fernandez means that Connor Gallagher could partner alongside Moises Ciaceo in Chelsea's midfield. The 24-year-old has been solid for the team and has been chipping in with goals off late as well. He has been linked with a move away from the club, but the English midfielder has time and again proven his loyalty despite doubts over his future. If Ben Chilwell does not start the game, Gallagher could be given the captain's armband as Pochettino trusts the midfielder to deliver at a high level.

Central Midfielder: Moises Caicedo

Moises Caicedo has showcased some brilliant performances in the last few games. His ability to intercept and switch plays has helped bring some solidity in the midfield. His partnership with Enzo Fernandez has still not nourished into becoming a great one, but there have been glimpses of what the pair can do if given time together. He will be hoping to put in another great shift and help Chelsea make it to the next round of the FA Cup.

Attacking midfielder: Cole Palmer

Cole Palmer has been in the headlines due to his brilliant performances for Chelsea. He has been called up to England's national camp for the friendlies against Brazil and Belgium. The 21-year-old scored a spectacular goal against Newcastle and put in a great performance to lead the Blues to a win. With Enzo out, Palmer could be the man to play a role in the midfield as injuries loom over the squad.

Right Winger: Noni Madueke

Noni Madueke has shown glimpses of his brilliance a lot of times this season. However, he has had some no-show performances as well and his inconsistency has led to him not cementing a regular role in the team. But going into the game against Leicester, Noni could get the nod to start due to a few injuries in the squad. The English winger is not afraid to take on players, but it is the final third where he needs to put in work if he wants to have any chance of making it to the next level.

Left winger: Mykhailo Mudryk

Mykhaylo Mudryk wasted no time in making his presence felt as soon as Pochettino bought him off the bench against Newcastle. He dazzled his way through the Geordie defence and scored a stellar goal to seal the deal for the Blues. His recent performances have certainly warranted a starting spot for him in the game against Leicester. The Ukrainian has a lot of pace and this could prove to be pivotal against a Leicester defence that will be tricky to get past.

Striker: Nicolas Jackson

Nicolas Jackson has scored in the last three games for Chelsea. He now has 12 goals in all comeptitions for the Blues, which is not a bad debut season for a young striker. He has showcased versatility playing on the left wing as well when needed, but with players available to play there, Jackson is expected to be used as a striker in the game against Leicester. He is on a stellar goal-scoring run and will be looking to add to his tally which will boost his confidence going forward.