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Chelsea v Plymouth Argyle, FA Cup: live blog; strong points

We’re back from the break and ready to play as favorites against lower league opposition in this FA Cup fourth round game. We are expected to win, and win easily, but we have to play the game and play the game appropriately.

And to that effect, Tuchel (who will miss the game due to a positive COVID test) has selected a very solid formation (only one change from the Spurs game before the break), but with two goalkeepers on the bench and no Kanté — I hope it’s just a precaution.

The official Chelsea Twitter puts us in a 3-4-3; others guess a 4-2-3-1. As usual, we’ll see. UPDATE: it’s a back-four, maybe a 4-1-4-1 with Jorginho seated.

Here we are!

Chelsea starting line-up (4-2-3-1):
Arrizabalaga | Sarr, Rüdiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta (c) | Kovacic, Jorginho, | Hudson-Odoi, Mount, Ziyech | Lukaku

Subs for: Bettinelli, Sharman-Lowe, Alonso, Chalobah, Kenedy, Saul, Barkley, Havertz, Werner

Plymouth starting lineup (3-5-2):
Cooper | Gillesphey, Scarr, Wilson | Grant, Mayor, Houghton, Camara, Edwards | Garrick, Jephcott

Subs for: Burton, Bolton, Broom, Hardie, Ennis, Lewis, Randell, Law, Craske

Date hour : Saturday February 5, 2022, 12:30 p.m. GMT; 7:30 a.m. EST; 6pm IST
Place: Stamford Bridge, SW6
Arbitrator: Simon Hooper (in the field); Mike Dean (VAR)

On TV: BBC Red Button (UK); none (US); Sony Six (India); SuperSport Premier League (NGA); somewhere else
Diffusion: BBC iPlayer (UK); ESPN+ (US); Sony LIV (India); DStv now (NGA)

Be great to each other and celebrate, guys!