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It was Deja vu for Chelsea in the 2020-21 FA Cup – one year on from their defeat to Arsenal behind closed doors at Wembley a year earlier – as a Youri Tielemans wonder strike settled the contest in Leicester City’s favour in front of the returning crowd.
The Blues therefore need no added incentive to go one better this time around and follow in the footsteps of the women’s team – who lifted the FA Cup back in December – and they already have one foot in one domestic cup final.
Indeed, Kai Havertz‘s early opener and Ben Davies‘s comical own goal saw Chelsea execute a deserved 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final, with Antonio Conte‘s return to Stamford Bridge proving to be a miserable affair.
The Premier League title may now be too far gone for Thomas Tuchel‘s men, but they are now unbeaten in nine games across all competitions and managed to end a worrying streak of home draws by comfortably seeing off their London rivals in midweek.
Tuchel will undoubtedly hand opportunities to his up-and-coming starlets on Saturday, but not since the 1997-98 season have Chelsea exited the FA Cup in the third round, and the German coach will want to ensure that a similar fate does not occur here.
Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is with Senegal for the Africa Cup of Nations, while N’Golo Kante and Thiago Silva tested positive for coronavirus earlier in the week.
Kai Havertz suffered a nasty-looking finger injury on Wednesday to join Ben Chilwell, Reece James, Trevoh Chalobah and Andreas Christensen in the treatment room, but he has not been ruled out of this contest.
Cesar Azpilicueta is a doubt with cramp but would have been unlikely to feature anyway, as Tuchel hands youngsters such as Harvey Vale, Lewis Hall and Xavier Mbuyamba opportunities to impress.
As for Chesterfield, Rowe still has concerns over defenders Luke Croll and Laurence Maguire – brother of Harry – while fellow rearguard member Gavin Gunning was withdrawn at the weekend due to fatigue.
Ex-Aston Villa youngster Jack Clarke is set for a lengthy period on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, and it remains to be seen if Jeff King will be ready to start again following his comeback from a knee injury.
Jamie Grimes is ready to deputise in Chesterfield’s injury-hit defence if required, as 18-goal striker Kabongo Tshimanga prepares to lead the line.
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Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Bettinelli; Mbuyamba, Sarr, McClelland; Hudson-Odoi, Hall, Loftus-Cheek, Pulisic; Vale; Soonsup-Bell, Werner
Chesterfield possible starting lineup:
Loach; Williams, Gunning, Whittle; King, Oyeleke, Mandeville, Weston, Miller; Tshimanga, Kahn