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2017/18 FA Cup Fifth Round Match Chat - 16-19th February, 2018

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Friday 16th February
Leicester vs Sheff Utd, 19.45
Chelsea vs Hull, 20.00

Saturday 17th February, 2018
Brighton vs Coventry
Huddersfield vs Man Utd, 17.30
Sheff Weds vs Swansea, 12.30
West Brom vs Southampton

Sunday 18th February, 2018
Rochdale vs Tottenham, 16.00

Monday 19th February, 2018
Wigan vs Man City, 19.55

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Apparently Hull will struggle to have a fit starting 11, while on the other hand we have only Barkley out (so far). I'd go with a mix of youth and the reserve players.

                                     Caballero

Ampadu                          Luiz                     Cahill

Zappacosta       Drinkwater  Bakayoko   Emerson

             Sterling         Giroud         Hudson Odoi

 

Leave the big guns on the bench just in case.

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Lord knows what Conte's plans are with Bakayoko and Barcelona. He's done well in almost every big game this season, but will he still carry that form against Barca? Could experiment with Luiz in midfield again. 

 

As for the lineup, doubt Sterling will feature at RW.  I'd start Morata. Help him find his feet again. 

 

Edit: Antonio Conte says David Luiz, Ross Barkley and Tiemoue Bakayoko are out

Edited by Cicero

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Yeah i don't think Sterling will feature at all just wanted him to haha, Conte suggested that Morata could start today. For the Barcelona game i think we will go for 3-5-2 almost 100%

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5 hours ago, True Blue said:

Yeah i don't think Sterling will feature at all just wanted him to haha, Conte suggested that Morata could start today. For the Barcelona game i think we will go for 3-5-2 almost 100%

We are going to have to considering Conte doesn't want us to get over run in the middle and refuses to go back to a back 4. 

Luiz, Bakayoko, Alonso, and Barkley are all out. 

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16 minutes ago, Cicero said:

We are going to have to considering Conte doesn't want us to get over run in the middle and refuses to go back to a back 4. 

Luiz, Bakayoko, Alonso, and Barkley are all out. 

We get over run in the midfield with 343 as well

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9 minutes ago, True Blue said:

We get over run in the midfield with 343 as well

You mean 352? 

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1 hour ago, Cicero said:

You mean 352? 

In both actually, as soon as an opponent runs by the midfield the back three is fucked. Think we could easily play 4-3-3 with Kante holding, and Alonso, Christensen, Rudiger and Dave as the back four. Baka and Cesc as the central midfielders with Hazard, Willian etc on the wings and Morata as the solo striker.

Or even 4-2-3-1 we have the players for all the combos.

 

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58 minutes ago, True Blue said:

In both actually, as soon as an opponent runs by the midfield the back three is fucked. Think we could easily play 4-3-3 with Kante holding, and Alonso, Christensen, Rudiger and Dave as the back four. Baka and Cesc as the central midfielders with Hazard, Willian etc on the wings and Morata as the solo striker.

Or even 4-2-3-1 we have the players for all the combos.

 

Alonso would get skinned alive. Considering he is already a liability defensively in our current set up, I couldn't imagine him being a lone Left Back, especially at a top club. 

If we do revert to a back 4, I can only see Alonso becoming a LW option. 

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Chelsea take the lead within 2 minutes. Good goal by Willian. 

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Just now, Cicero said:

He usually does against bottom table/lower league clubs 

And Giroud??? 3 good chances and still no goal against a weak Hull side... 

 

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2 minutes ago, carefreeluke said:

Typical night where Cesc comes away with the MOTM award, game’s at his pace.

xD

Just as you say that.... 2-0

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2-0 Chelsea. Trademark Fabregas assist sends Pedro through who takes it down in his stride and calmly places it past Marshall. 

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Make that 3-0. Giroud uses his strength well to make room for Willian. Long range shot goes in off the post. 3-0. 

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Class finishing tonight. 

Bring on some of the youngsters at half time for fuck sake Conte, will probably still wait until the 70th minute.

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Putting away the chances tonight I have to say... There have been other games where we have struggled to look anything close to dangerous in front of goal... 

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Would like to see some changes at half time but leave Giroud on... let him try and bag a goal tonight..

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Yeah take out Willian for Odoi at half. 

Giroud's hold up and link up play is exactly what Conte was looking for. 

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A Giroud goal, some of the youngsters getting significant playing time from the bench and no injuries would make this a perfect night.

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4-0. Nicely done by the 2 new signings. Emerson did well to create the space to cross and Giroud did great in very little space to squeeze a shot in. 

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Odoi for Willian

Sterling for Zappacosta

Chalobah for Rudiger 

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4 minutes ago, Stan said:

4-0. Nicely done by the 2 new signings. Emerson did well to create the space to cross and Giroud did great in very little space to squeeze a shot in. 

Nights like this where the opposition are not the most fearsome it's reasonable to assume that we should do well and they have all done well tonight which is all you can ask.. I was pleased we got Giroud in the end I actually thought he was a handy player for Arsenal.. I would keep him on for the full 90 minutes 

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