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  • 6 March 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • St. Andrew's Stadium, Birmingham
  • Referee: A. Taylor
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Birmingham City - Chelsea preview: Di Matteo looks to avoid FA Cup shock as he takes charge for the first time

Birmingham City - Chelsea preview: Di Matteo looks to avoid FA Cup shock as he takes charge for the first time

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After Andre Villas-Boas' departure on Sunday, the Italian faces his first test in ensuring the Blues avoid an upset against Championship opposition to make the quarter-finals


PROBABLE LINEUPS


BIRMINGHAM CITY


Doyle
Spector, Davies, Ibanez, Murphy
Mutch, Gomis
Elliott, N’Daw, Redmond
Zigic
CHELSEA

Cech
Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Bertrand
Ramires, Meireles, Mikel
Kalou, Torres, Malouda

Chelsea begin life without Andre Villas-Boas as they meet Birmingham and Roberto Di Matteo will surely be hoping to impress with nothing less than a comprehensive victory over the Championship outfit.

The Italian has just two injuries to deal with ahead of the tie at St Andrew's, with John Terry still recovering from his knee surgery and Jose Bosingwa out with a hamstring problem.

With just three days since their last fixtures, both sides will no doubt chop and change their teams about, especially the visitors who are likely to allow Michael Essien, Daniel Sturridge, Juan Mata and Ashley Cole a rest in order to blood some younger talent. Fernando Torres should also expect to start as the Spaniard continues to search for much-needed confidence.

Keith Fahey faces a late fitness test for Chris Hughton’s side, whilst Stephen Carr looks set to miss the clash. Wade Elliott, Morgaro Gomis and Nikola Zigic should start after spending little or no time on the pitch in the 2-2 draw with Derby County on Saturday.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Birmingham City have reached the final of the FA Cup twice, in 1931 and 1956, finishing runners-up both times.
  • Chelsea have lost three of their last six games in all competitions, whilst their hosts on Tuesday night have lost just once in the same run.
  • The winner of this tie will be awarded £180,000 by the Football Association and will face Leicester City at home in a quarter-final tie.
  • Just 15 clubs took part in the inaugural FA Cup, compared to this season’s 700.
  • The Premier League outfit have won three of the last six against Birmingham, with the Championship side winning just the once.
  • Didier Drogba (pictured right) scored the only goal in the 2010 final against Portsmouth, the last time Chelsea claimed the cup.
  • The original trophy, which had a value of £20, was stolen following Aston Villa’s victory in the final in 1895 and never recovered.

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13Colin DoyleGoalkeeper
6Curtis DaviesDefender
23Jonathan SpectorMidfielder
-Pablo IbáñezDefender
8Guirane N'DawMidfielder
12Jordon MutchMidfielder
14Morgaro GomisMidfielder
22Nathan RedmondMidfielder
15Wade ElliottMidfielder
34Adam RooneyStriker
-Nikola ZigicStriker
13B. MyhillGoalkeeper
50William PackwoodDefender
7Chris BurkeMidfielder
40Callum ReillyMidfielder
26Enric VallèsMidfielder
-Jake JervisStriker
16Marlon KingStriker
1Petr CechGoalkeeper
2Branislav IvanovicDefender
23David LuizDefender
24Gary CahillDefender
-Ryan BertrandDefender
12John Obi MikelMidfielder
7RamiresMidfielder
14Raúl MeirelesMidfielder
9Fernando TorresStriker
8Juan MataStriker
8Salomon KalouStriker
48Henrique HilárioGoalkeeper
26John TerryDefender
8Frank LampardMidfielder
-Michael EssienMidfielder
11Didier DrogbaStriker
15Daniel SturridgeStriker
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