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FA Cup

  • 17 February 2013
  • • 12:00
  • • Stamford Bridge, London
  • Referee: N. Swarbrick
  • • Attendance: 40961

Chelsea - Brentford Preview: Blues look to secure cup progress after rescuing replay in fourth round

Chelsea - Brentford Preview: Blues look to secure cup progress after rescuing replay in fourth round

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The Bees were denied a place in the fifth round by Fernando Torres' late goal at Griffin Park leaving the League One side with a tough task at Stamford Bridge in the replay



Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry, Cole
Lampard, Ramires
Marin, Mata, Oscar


Hodson, Craig, Dean, Barron
Forshaw, Douglas, Diagouraga
Forrester, Donaldson, Trotta

John Terry (knee) could return for Sunday's FA Cup replay against Brentford despite suffering a setback with his injury.

The Chelsea skipper travelled to Prague in the Europa League with the rest of the squad after missing the win over Wigan with inflammation on his knee, and was expected to figure against Sparta, only to be kept on the bench.

Ashley Cole also missed the midweek tie with a cold and is expected to replace Ryan Bertrand at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, while Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel could feature after returning from Africa Cup of Nations duty with Nigeria. Apart from that, Rafa Benitez has no fresh injury concerns.

Brentford boss Uwe Rosler is without Farid El Alagui (knee) and Kevin O'Connor (ankle) who remain on the sidelines with long-term injuries.

Excluding those two absentees, the Bees' manager has a full-strength side to select from.

  • Frank Lampard has been involved in 23 goals (scoring 14 and assisting nine) in his last 24 appearances in the FA Cup.
  • Chelsea will have played their west London neighbours Fulham, QPR and Brentford in the same season for the first time ever following the tie at Griffin Park.
  • The Blues are unbeaten in four matches in all competitions against Brentford, winning three and drawing once.
  • In just nine FA Cup games for Chelsea, Juan Mata (pictured) has played a part in 10 goals, scoring four and assisting six.
  • Brentford have only reached the fifth round of the FA Cup on six occasions since the Second World War.
  • Before last month’s clash, their only previous FA Cup meeting came in 1950. Chelsea won 1-0.
  • Brentford and Chelsea are separated by just six miles but have not played each other competitively since meeting in this competition 63 years ago.

Players to watch

F. Lampard

Position: Midfielder

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The England international is in the middle of sensational goalscoring run where he seems to find the back of the net in every match. The England international has been involved in 23 goals in his last 24 FA Cup appearances and could improve that statistic if given a starting berth on Sunday.

H. Forrester

Position: Midfielder

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The former Aston Villa attacker has been linked with a return to Villa Park just 28 months after departing, proving just how well he has been performing under Uwe Rosler at the League One outfit.

His link-up play with Clayton Donaldson, Marcelo Trotta and Sam Saunders was superb for the Bees in original tie at Griffin Park, and if they are to cause an upset against their near neighbours at Stamford Bridge, then Forrester will need produce a similar type of performance.

Editor's Prediction

Brentford proved more than a match for their west London rivals in the original tie at Griffin Park but expect them to fall short of a similar level of performance at Stamford Bridge. Rafa Benitez will be desperate to secure progress to the fifth round after defeat in the Capital One Cup semi-finals, leaving the FA Cup as one of only two possible routes to a trophy. Expect the Spaniard to name a strong starting line-up, which should prove too strong for Brentford to handle over 90 minutes.

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