Chelsea are looking to bounce back from their Premier League defeat to Southampton at the weekend and dash Manchester United’s hopes of a domestic league and cup double in this quarter-final replay at Stamford Bridge.
The two sides played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at Old Trafford a fortnight ago and Chelsea, who are the current FA Cup holders, have clearly made the retention of the trophy a priority if their team selection at Southampton is anything to go by, which saw the likes of Juan Mata, Ashley Cole, Gary Chill, David Luiz, Ramires and Eden Hazard miss out.
The majority of those players should return bar Mata and Cahill, who are doubtful with illness and knee injuries respectively. Demba Ba could also be preferred to Fernando Torres in attack.
Manchester United will rotate their squad once again after a makeshift line-up comfortably saw off Sunderland 1-0 at the Stadium of Light to keep up their 15 point lead at the top of the Premier League.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s men look all but certain to clinch the title and so their first league and cup double since 1999 now becomes the primary target.
Rafael will miss the match after limping off against the Black Cats while the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney, Nani, Patrice Evra, Jonny Evans and Danny Welbeck will also be in contention after being rested in the North East.
Robin van Persie’s barren run in front of goal for the club continued despite it being his shot that Titus Bramble deflected into his own net for the only goal of the game and it remains to be seen having played the full 90 minutes, whether the Dutchman will line-up alongside Rooney in attack or lose his place to Welbeck or even the Mexican Javier Hernandez.
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