Chelsea have a chance to quickly turn Tuesday’s frowns upside down with a trip to Hull in the fourth round of the FA Cup. The mid-table Championship side are coming off of back-to-back 1-0 losses and have also lost two in a row at home without scoring a single goal.
Of course, when it’s the Magic of the Cup™, anything can happen, especially when this Chelsea are involved.
As ever, the big question for a Cup match will be whom and how much to rotate. Coming off of an exhausting (physically and mentally) match on Tuesday, and with another massive game looming the following weekend (Leicester City away), Chelsea’s best players sure could use a rest. On the other hand, dropping out of the FA Cup would not help the current mood at all, and we should do everything in our power to win this easily winnable game. We do have the pseudo-winter break coming up after the Leicester match (unless we need a replay from this one).
Marcos Alonso and Christian Pulisic remain out (should be back after the break), and Tammy Abraham’s likely to miss out as well after injuring his ankle on Tuesday. He might not miss too much time (we’re still waiting for prognosis), but either way, he probably should not be risked. Reece James was expected to be available for the last game, but wasn’t. Hopefully he’s available this time — but like Abraham, he should not be risked if there’s any doubt about his fitness.