FA Cup Preview: Chelsea vs Manchester United

Quarter-Final

Chelsea set to take on Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup Quarter-final. This will be Jose Mourinho’s second visit to Stamford Bridge after his bizarre sacking last october. Jose Mourinho’s first visit at Stamford Bridge ended up in a 4-0 loss and will be eyeing up for an revenge.

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Team News

United will have to do it without inform striker Zlatan ibrahimovic who is set to serve his first of three match ban. United will also be without star strikers Rooney and Martial due to injury while the youngster Marcus Rashford was left behind due to illness.Without many senior forwards, Mourinho is expected to play Fellani at the center Forward with Mkhitaryan and Juan Mata in the nearest supporting role.

Antonio Conte has a fully-fit squad and is considering his options open. Chelsea captain John Terry has played in three  prior FA Cup rounds, but the defender’s place against United in not guaranteed.

United’s record at Bridge

United have set a dismal record against their FA Cup opponents. Chelsea have won 11 of their 20 previous meetings at the Bridge in all competitions, losing only two. They have scored a whopping 33 goals and conceded mere 18. There are six different managers who have acheived this feet for chelsea namely Claudio Ranieri (1), Mourinho (4), Avram Grant (1), Carlo Ancelotti (2), Roberto di Matteo (1), Rafa Benitez (1) and Antonio Conte (1) – have scored home victories against United in this period, with Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal often heading back to Old Trafford empty handed.

The last victory for United came under the helm of Sir Alex Ferguson. He halted the Stamford Bridge rut in 2011. Ever since Fergueson’s retirement in 2013, Chelsea have beaten United at home in three out of four subsequent seasons.

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Mind-Games

Jose Mourinho: It looks like this season that to be phenomenal defensively and good in counterattack is art

Antonio Conte: I have to tell you one thing. Not only here [at Chelsea] but I never, ever train for the counterattack

Predicted Line-ups

Chelsea Starting XI: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill; Moses, kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Costa, Hazard

Man United Starting XI: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Rojo; Pogba, Herrera, Carrick, mata, Mkhitaryan, Fellani

Head to Head

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Start Time

Chelsea host Manchester United at Stamford Bridge with kick-off scheduled for 1:15AM on Monday, March 14.

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