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  • February 27, 2013
  • • 14:45
  • • Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
  • • Attendance: 27856
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FA Cup Preview: Middlesbrough - Chelsea

FA Cup Preview: Middlesbrough - Chelsea

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Rafael Benitez takes the west London side to the Riverside Stadium to face the Championship outfit with a last-eight clash at Old Trafford awaiting the winner

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

MIDDLESBROUGH

Steele
Bikey, Williams, McManus, Friend
Carayol, Leadbitter, Dyer, Hailliday
McDonald, Main

CHELSEA

Cech
Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Terry, Bertrand
Ramires, Mikel, Marin
Oscar, Torres, Moses


Tony Mowbray will be without defenders Justin Hoyte and Stuart Parnaby, meaning Andre Bikey should start at right back with Stephen McManus alongside Rhys Williams at center back.

Josh McEachran, currently on-loan from Chelsea, is ineligible to play against his parent club.

Up front Lukas Jutkiewicz (ankle) is a doubt for the game, and so Curtis Main is on standby to support Scott McDonald.

Meanwhile, Rafa Benitez should continue with Petr Cech in goal ahead of second-choice keeper Ross Turnbull, despite his tendency to rotate goalkeepers in the cup.

Ryan Bertrand is likely to replace Ashley Cole at left back, though, with John Terry set to partner Branislav Ivanovic at center back and Cesar Azpilicueta to start at right back.

Juan Mata is likely to be rested for the tie to give Oscar a chance while Fernando Torres should also return to Benitez's team.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Middlesbrough has not scored in its past five meetings with Chelsea and the last time the Blues visited the Riverside Stadium, they thumped Boro 5-0 in the Premier League.
  • The Teesiders have only lost three of their last 22 FA Cup games at home.
  • This will be the fourth meeting between Middlesbrough and Chelsea in the FA Cup. Chelsea has won two (including the 1997 final) and Boro has won one.
  • Chelsea has kept a clean sheet in nine of its last 11 matches against Middlesbrough in all competitions.
  • The Blues have only lost one of their last 52 FA Cup games against lower ranked sides; losing 1-0 to Barnsley in March 2008.
  • The Londoners’ record of 26 unbeaten FA Cup games is the longest ever run without defeat in the competition. (Next best Blackburn Rovers on 23 saw their run ended in 1886).
  • Chelsea's Ashley Cole (pictured right) has won the competition a record seven times.

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32Jason SteeleGoalkeeper
4Andre BikeyDefender
28George FriendDefender
39Rhys WilliamsDefender
44Stephen McManusDefender
-Faris HarounMidfielder
17Grant LeadbitterMidfielder
10Nicky BaileyMidfielder
-Curtis MainStriker
-Mustapha CarayolStriker
-Scott Douglas McDonaldStriker
-Jayson LeutwilerGoalkeeper
24Sebastian HinesDefender
7Merouane ZemmamaMidfielder
33Richard SmallwoodMidfielder
17Emmanuel Jorge LedesmaMidfielder
57Marvin EmnesStriker
10Ishmael MillerStriker
1Petr CechGoalkeeper
2Branislav IvanovicDefender
26John TerryDefender
27Nathan AkeDefender
20Paulo FerreiraDefender
23Ryan BertrandDefender
11OscarMidfielder
7RamiresMidfielder
-Victor MosesMidfielder
30Yossi BenayounMidfielder
9Fernando TorresStriker
21Ross TurnbullGoalkeeper
3Ashley ColeDefender
23David LuizDefender
17Eden HazardMidfielder
8Frank LampardMidfielder
21Marko MarinMidfielder
9Demba BaStriker

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