Chelsea are just two games away from their first EFL Cup Final since 2015, but standing in their way are London rivals Arsenal.
The two sides played out an enthralling 2-2 draw last Wednesday in the league at the Emirates Stadium.
Over the next fortnight, they will face each other twice with a place in a cup final at Wembley up for grabs.
Here is how we predict Antonio Conte will set out his Chelsea side for the first leg on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge.
Predicted line-up (3-5-2): Thibaut Courtois; Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Gary Cahill; Victor Moses, N’Golo Kante, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Cesc Fabregas, Marcos Alonso; Eden Hazard, Alvaro Morata
Predicted substitutes: Willy Caballero, David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger, Davide Zappacosta, Danny Drinkwater, Pedro, Willian
After a fine performance against Arsenal last week, Thibaut Courtois was rested during the goalless draw in the FA Cup against Norwich City at the weekend. The Belgian should replace Argentine Willy Caballero in the Chelsea goal.
We predict that captain Gary Cahill will be one of only two players to retain his place from the side that drew against The Canaries. He is likely to play alongside the returning Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen in the three-man defence, who are set to replace Antonio Rudiger and David Luiz.
Despite a recent run of good performances which have included a goal against Stoke City, an assist against The Gunners and a clean sheet against Norwich City, Davide Zappacosta may be dropped to the bench and replaced by Victor Moses at right wing-back.
Tiemoue Bakayoko is the other man who we reckon will keep his place against Arsenal, with two-time English Premier League winners N’Golo Kante and former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas set to return either side of Bakayoko.
Marcos Alonso scored his sixth English Premier League goal of the season against Arsene Wenger’s side last week and after not featuring at Carrow Road, the defender, who has scored more league goals than the entirety of the Chelsea side bar Alvaro Morata this season, is likely to replace Kenedy at left wing-back.
After fielding his side in a 3-4-3 formation against Norwich City, Blues boss Conte could revert to a 3-5-2, where he is likely to use the strike partnership of Morata and Eden Hazard, who already have 21 goals and 12 assists between them in all competitions this season.
We predict that Chelsea will set out in the same way that they did last week against the North Londoners and although they suffered late heartbreak, The Blues showed that they are more than capable of beating the current FA Cup holders.
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By Jonty Colman