Chelsea vs Bradford – Match preview and team news

Premier League leaders Chelsea will attempt to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup for the 16th time in 17 seasons as they take on League One play-off hopefuls Bradford City.

The Blues are flying high in the Premier League, sitting five points clear of Manchester City following their brilliant demolition job at Swansea City, while things are looking good in the Capital One Cup after they earned a draw at Liverpool in their semi-final first leg on Tuesday.

Manager Jose Mourinho will almost certainly make changes for this clash, but he may be eyeing this game as another step on the road to an unprecedented quadruple. Home advantage and a superb recent record in the FA Cup should also stand them in good stead here.

Bradford know what it takes to spring more than the odd surprise in a domestic cup, having beaten three Premier League sides on their way to reaching the 2013 Capital One Cup final. In the third round, they showed plenty of appetite for another memorable run, hitting seven in two games against Championship strugglers Millwall.

In the league, the Bantams have been among the third tier’s surprise packages, with an excellent away record a key reason why they currently sit in the play-off places. Striker James Hanson is likely to provide their biggest threat.

Chelsea have a fully-fit squad available but are likely to hand starts to Kurt Zouma and Andre Schurrle. Away boss Phil Parkinson is waiting on the fitness of defender Andrew Davies and striker Billy Clarke.

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