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Chelsea started their FA Cup 5th round clash against Manchester City as firm favourites as they look ahead to a Wednesday night Champions League clash in Kiev, the Citizens handed out debuts to five players.

With a lively start to the game, it took until the twelfth minute for the first clear cut chance as Pedro played a brilliant one-two with his Spanish team mate Cesc Fabregas to put Pedro in on goal as he tried to dink the ball over Willy Caballero but was denied, only by the post.

After dominance from the Blues in territory and possession, it finally told as Fabregas found a ball over the top of the City defence to find Hazard who looped it into Costa who headed in to make it 1-0 in the 35th minute.

But just 2 minutes later City equalised against the run of play after good build up play, Iheanacho found space in the Chelsea box and Azpilicueta’s attempted clearance rebounded off Faupala for it to go in the back of the net to make it 1-1.

With the game in full flow now the Blues had another golden opportunity  after more brilliant build up play with Fabregas at the heart of it Pedro found space but was stopped by a fantastic save from Caballero.

Soon after the restart the Blues were back on top, after a quick break Eden Hazard was able to slide Willian into space in behind the City defence and the Brazilian placed the ball past Caballero’s far post and make it 2-1.

Just five minutes later, after yet more Chelsea pressure, a deflected cross and a kind bounce found Gary Cahill in space just inside the box to smash the ball home and extend the Blues lead to 3-1.

Past the hour mark called for Eden Hazard to add to his two assists with a goal. After his driving run the Belgian was brought down by Demichelies. And Hazard went on to take the kick, he struck the ball towards the keepers side, and with pace and power wrong footed Cabballero for the ball to be nestled in to the bottom right corner to take the score to 4-1.

Within 5 minutes of his introduction Bertrand Traore won a penalty for the Blues after being barged over by Demichelies in the box. Only to have the ball taken off him by fellow substitute Oscar to take the spot kick. The Brazilian took a stuttering run up only to have his penalty fantastically saved by Caballero high to his right to keep the score at 4-1.

After more brilliant build up play, Hazard found yet more room in the City box to pick out Bertrand Traore but the forwards stretched shot could only find the far post and bounce clear. Just one minute before the end of normal time though Traore got his goal, after the ball found its way out wide left to Oscar the playmaker whipped the ball in towards Traore and the Burkina Faso international managed to loop his header over the City keeper and in off the far post to make it 5-1 to Chelsea.

A brilliant performance from the Blues sees them sail through to the FA Cup quarter finals with a 5-1 victory over Manchester City.

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Chelsea started their FA Cup 5th round clash against Manchester City as firm favourites as they look ahead to a Wednesday night Champions League clash in Kiev, the Citizens handed out debuts to five players.

With a lively start to the game, it took until the twelfth minute for the first clear cut chance as Pedro played a brilliant one-two with his Spanish team mate Cesc Fabregas to put Pedro in on goal as he tried to dink the ball over Willy Caballero but was denied, only by the post.

After dominance from the Blues in territory and possession, it finally told as Fabregas found a ball over the top of the City defence to find Hazard who looped it into Costa who headed in to make it 1-0 in the 35th minute.

But just 2 minutes later City equalised against the run of play after good build up play, Iheanacho found space in the Chelsea box and Azpilicueta’s attempted clearance rebounded off Faupala for it to go in the back of the net to make it 1-1.

With the game in full flow now the Blues had another golden opportunity  after more brilliant build up play with Fabregas at the heart of it Pedro found space but was stopped by a fantastic save from Caballero.

The Blues will be hoping for more of the same in second half but will need to take their chances in order to win this cup tie.

 

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Chelsea – Courtois, Azplicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Baba Rahman, Mikel Fabregas, Pedro, Hazard, Willian, Diego Costa.

Subs – Begovic, Miazga, Matic, Traore, Oscar, Remy, Loftus-Cheek.

Manchester City – Caballero, Zabaleta, Adarabioyo, Demichelis, Kolarov, Fernando, A.Garcia, M.Garcia, Celina, Iheanacho, Faupala.

Subs – Hart, Clichy, Humphreys, Kompany, Fernandinho, Barker, Sterling.

Venue – Stamford Bridge

 

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Team News and possible line ups for FA Cup clash Chelsea v Manchester City

TEAM NEWS

Chelsea 

– Chelsea captain John Terry will miss out due to a hamstring injury picked up against Newcastle United last weekend.

– Oscar may feature after returning from a calf injury.

– Alexandre Pato is still short of match fitness.

– Radamel Falcao still out for injury

– Hiddink can play some youngsters

 

Manchester City 

– City are set to rest several senior players after Manuel Pellegrini said Champions League was the club’s main priority.

– As a result, several young players could feature.

– Bacary Sagna may return from a knee injury having resumed training.

– Kevin De Bruyne, Jesus Navas, Eliaquim Mangala,  Wilfred Bony and Samir Nasri still out for injury

 

Predicted Line Ups

CHELSEA – Begovic, Azplicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Baba Rahman, Loftus-Cheek, Fabregas, Traore, Hazard, Willian, Diego Costa.

 

MANCHESTER CITY – Caballero, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Otamendi, Angelina, Fernando,  A. Silva, Yaya Toure, Kolarov, M. Garcia, Iheanacho.

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

 

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Ahead of Chelsea’s game against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, we take a look at the odds on offer.

All odds provided by SkyBET (SB), Ladbrokes (L) and Coral (C), correct as of 19th February.

 

Full-time score:

Chelsea win: SB – 4/5, L – 4/5, C – 4/5

Draw: SB – 13/5, L –13/5, C – 13/5

Manchester City win: SB – 7/2, L – 7/2, C – 7/2

 

First goalscorer:

Eden Hazard: SB – 7/1, L – 8/1, C – 8/1

Oscar: SB – 13/2, L – 15/2, C – 6/1

Pedro: SB – 13/2, L – 8/1, C – 8/1

Diego Costa: SB – 7/2, L – 4/1, C – 4/1

Willian: SB – 8/1, L – 9/1, C – 10/1

No goalscorer: SB – 10/1, L – 10/1, C – 8/1

Sergio Aguero: SB – 11/2, L – 5/1, C – 5/1

Kelechi Iheanacho: SB – 15/2, L – 7/1, C – 7/1

Raheem Sterling: SB – 10/1, L – 10/1, C – 9/1

Bersant Celina: SB – 12/1, L – 14/1, C – 11/1

Wilfried Bony: SB – 17/2, L – 7/1, C – 7/1

 

Final Score:

Chelsea win:

1-0: SB – 6/1, L – 6/1, C – 6/1

2-0: SB – 7/1, L – 15/2, C – 15/2

2-1: SB – 7/1, L – 7/1, C – 15/2

3-0: SB – 12/1, L – 12/1, C – 14/1

3-1: SB – 12/1, L – 12/1, C – 14/1

Draw:

0-0: SB – 10/1, L – 9/1, C – 10/1

1-1: SB – 11/2, L – 11/2, C – 6/1

2-2: SB – 14/1, L – 14/1, C – 14/1

3-3: SB – 66/1, L – 50/1, C – 60/1

4-4: SB – 250/1, L – 250/1, C – 150/1

Manchester City win:

1-0: SB – 11/1, L – 11/1, C – 11/1

2-0: SB – 22/1, L – 22/1, C – 22/1

2-1: SB – 14/1, L – 12/1, C – 12/1

3-0: SB – 50/1, L – 50/1, C – 55/1

3-1: SB – 40/1, L – 33/1, C – 33/1

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Chelsea will be looking to avoid a second defeat to Manchester City this season as they face the Citizens in the firth round of the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge on Sunday (16:00 GMT KO).

The Blues comfortably overcame League 1 Scunthorpe United 2-0 in the third round, before a professional 1-5 victory over Championship strugglers MK Dons in the fourth round.

City haven’t conceded a goal in the FA Cup this season, having overcome Premier League strugglers Norwich in the third round and Aston Villa in the fourth 0-3 and 0-4 respectively.

Earlier this season, Manuel Pellegrini’s side cruised to a 3-0 victory over the Blues at the Etihad, with the visitors then managed by Jose Mourinho.

 

Last six games:

Chelsea: WWDDWL (includes one FA Cup game and one Champions League game). 

Man City: DWWWLL (includes one League Cup game and one FA Cup game). 

 

Team News:

– Chelsea captain John Terry will miss out due to a hamstring injury picked up against Newcastle United last weekend.

– Oscar may feature after returning from a calf injury.

– Alexandre Pato is still short of match fitness.

– City are set to rest several senior players after Manuel Pellegrini said that Europe was the club’s main priority.

– As a result, several young players could feature.

– Bacary Sagna may return from a knee injury having resumed training.

 

Statistics:

– Chelsea have only lost once in the last 17 meetings with City at Stamford Bridge.

– They have also lost only one of their last 29 FA Cup ties at home.

– Guus Hiddink has won all five of his FA Cup matches in charge of Chelsea.

– However, City have not lost an away tie in the FA Cup for six years.

 

Starting XI last time out in the FA Cup:

Chelsea (away vs. MK Dons, won 1-5): Courtois, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Baba, Fabregas, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Hazard, Diego Costa.

Manchester City (away vs. Aston Villa, won 0-4): Caballero, Zabaleta, Sagna, Otamendi, Clichy, Fernandinho, Fernando, Delph, Navas, Iheanacho, Sterling.

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Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink © Francesca Ceciarini

Guus Hiddink press conference ahead of FA Cup clash Chelsea v Manchester City:

 

TERRY - “John won’t be fit for this weekend, he worked with the physio, yesterday and today was on the pitch, but he still got too many problems.

“I hope he will be available next weekend.

“We must be careful, maybe he will come back next weekend.

“Of course I’m disappointed because he’s the leader of this club and this team, but I am not going to complain because the guys that are playing in that place are confidence, and in Paris they showed it.

MIAZGA – “He is fit, he had a good pre-season, we will do some tests today, I think is fit, he’s ok”.

OTHER INJURIES -” Falcao is still off, with the physios”.

HAZARD“It is not about just attitude, he was in a difficult situation, but he needs to step up, we had small conversations on how to step up to the next level, and we hope he can step up as soon as possible. Sometimes in the games you can see the old Hazard and we want to see more frequently.

“It’s up to him to step up”.

MIKEL - “He’s got the feeling of responsibility and I think he is handing on that, we prepare the team on the training, we prepare the team in the team meeting, and the execution is there, with more responsibility

MAN CITY –  “I won’t do many changes, because we take this game very seriously, we have a serious approach to the FA Cup, we have a lot of interest in that, so let’s see what happens on Sunday”.

FA CUP: WAY TO GO INTO EUROPEAN COMPETITIONS -“The 4th spot is very difficult [to reach], so let’s go for the FA Cup. Yes, I won all of the games I played in this competition

“I would play the FA CUP midweek you can have a lot of attention, until you go to the final steps, semifinals, final…that games have to be played in the weekend. we have a very tight schedule so of course I don’t like replays, but for the smaller club is a a big adventure, and for them is good to have another chance”.

MAN CITY -” I think they were a bit unlucky in the last games, but a big team always reacts, so we are a warned”

IBRAHIMOVIC in the PREMIER LEAGUE? -Zlatan has been a star player for many years, he has been in big results in big clubs, it’s up to the clubs who would like to sign him”.

HAZARD 2- “I haven’t spoken with Eden, because I let them rest after the PSG, I had a short conversation with him, but he’s very keen to extend his contract, he’s happy here, but of course I don’t want to go into much attention of it, but he would like to step up as well

“I think we will encourage him, and talk to him like we do with other players. It’s up to him, I don’t want to focus too much on that”.

2009 FA CUP“It’s something from the past it’ a big achievement for the club and everyone that was involved, including me, the prestige is huge in England but also worldwide“.

BABA RAHMAN“He’s a gifted player, he’s a technical player, tactically going forward but there is no problem because very calm when he is playing on the ball, he has to progress in the defending part but of course I talked to everyone, also to him, and he’s focusing in progressing there.”

YOUNGSTERS“If Man City will put youngsters tomorrow I’m sure they will play at 110%.

“Maybe we will play some youngsters too, like Bertrand Traore is so ambitious, he’s training well, learning every week, and when you put him in it’s not easy to play them, it’s not true that if your opponent play some youngsters you have an easier game, it’s not always true.

HIS CONTRACT – “What we agreed with the club for my position, we stay with that”.

PATO ( Question by CN24) – “He can play 9 or wide, he’s been in his pre-season for 2-3 weeks, and we see what happens. this afternoon we have a reunion with people working with him, he’s getting fitter and fitter, we what are the results of the tests we did today , where he can come in”.

TARGETS - “When I came in December the first target was to climb up the table, second one was to go into the FA Cup final, so this game is important for us.”

 

 

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Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta believes Chelsea are one of the favourites to win the FA Cup and believes the pressure is on the Londoners to keep up their unbeaten home record under Hiddink.

Speaking ahead of Sundays clash at Stamford Bridge the Argentine said

“It was big draw for us and will be a great game.”

“Chelsea are one of the favourites to win the FA Cup and I heard Guus Hiddink talking about this as a final so there is a lot of expectation on them to win this game.

“It is probably a final in that two of the biggest clubs are playing one another at this stage, but we will see what happens on the day.”

“I will never forget the year we lost the final against Wigan,” he recalled.

“Many people said a similar thing; that the semi-final against Chelsea was the final with the winner expected to go on and win the competition.

“So I think this is a huge game for us. They are a very difficult team to play and of course we need to play at 100% that game and go to it with a lot of belief and perform well.

“They are on their own ground and have been playing well so it’s one of the toughest draws we could have been given, but we are going there to beat Chelsea.

“We’ve said all season we want to try to reach the final in this competition. The FA Cup is one of those trophies that the fans and the players want to win.

“It’s a massive competition and hopefully we can play well and live to fight another day, but we are under no illusions and know how hard it is going to be.”

The winners of the all Premier League tie will qualify for the quarter finals of the FA Cup.

 

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Manchester City boss, Manuel Pellegrini, has hinted that he may play a weakened team for Sunday’s FA Cup 5th round match with Chelsea as they look ahead to a Champions League match away in Kiev just 48 hours later.

“I think it (the FA Cup) is a serious competition and not a competition you can throw away,” he told Reuters.

“But at this moment… the chance to try and get to the Champions League quarter-final for the first time, I think it’s a case where we are going to prioritise.”

 

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CAHILL

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill put in an impressive performance for the Blues in their 2-1 defeat at Parc de Princes on Tuesday evening and believes the home leg at Stamford Bridge will be different.

‘We worked hard,’ said Cahill. ‘It’s a really tough place to come and play. From start to finish it was hard tonight but when you have dug in as much as we did and defended really well throughout the game, I thought 1-1 would have been a terrific result to go back to the Bridge with.

‘So we’re disappointed with the goal at the end but nevertheless there were positives to take. We weren’t without chances ourselves. The keeper pulled off an unbelievable save from Diego early on. If that had gone in it might have changed the dynamic of the game.

‘We looked to be sensible defensively and try and hit them when we had the opportunity to, and we did that.’

Both of Chelsea’s two previous Champions League knockout encounters with PSG have been settled by goals in the closing minutes of the second leg at Stamford Bridge. Cahill expects the sixth chapter of this trilogy to prove equally as tight.

‘We know at the end of the game it’s only half-time,’ he stressed. ‘We know what we have got to do at home. 1-0 takes us through.

‘We know they are confident at home and we have seen what they have been doing in the league and in Europe, but it’s a different place to come to Stamford Bridge.

‘The home leg may be a bit different and we will be on the front foot a bit more. It’s tough when you come away. Everyone tries to take their opportunity when they’re playing at home and the away goal is massive. Finishing the two legs at home is an advantage for us.’

Chelsea next entertain Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, in the FA Cup, for what is another intriguing contest.

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