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  • 14 April 2013
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Chelsea - Manchester City Preview: Premier League and European champions set for FA Cup semi-final clash

Chelsea - Manchester City Preview: Premier League and European champions set for FA Cup semi-final clash

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Rafa Benitez’s men are aiming to reach a second consecutive Wembley final to retain the trophy they won last season by beating the competition's winners in 2011

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

CHELSEA

Cech
Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, David Luiz, Bertrand
Ramires, Mikel
Hazard, Oscar, Mata,
Torres
MANCHESTER CITY

Hart
Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy
Yaya Toure, Barry
Milner, Tevez, Nasri
Aguero

Interim Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez is likely to make several changes from the side that travelled to Moscow to face Rubin Kazan last time out, with the likes of Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Branislav Ivanovic set for a return to the Blues starting XI.

The Spanish boss should be able to call on Demba Ba (ankle), with the Senegal striker progressing well after picking up a knock in Sunday's win over Sunderland at Stamford Bridge, while Ryan Bertrand (illness) will be hoping to shake off the virus that forced him to miss the club's trip to Russia.

Ashley Cole (hamstring) and Gary Cahill (knee) are close to first team return, but this game may come too soon for the defensive pair. Midfielder Oriol Romeu (knee) will miss the rest of the season.

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini will be sweating over the fitness of key midfield schemer David Silva (hamstring), after the Spain attacker limped off during the 2-1 win at rivals Manchester United on Monday.

Defender Micah Richards (knee) has returned to fuill training, but this game may come to soon for a first team return, whilst Jack Rodwell (hamstring) and Maicon (knee) are both likely to be missing.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Chelsea have contested four of the last six FA Cup finals (winning them all). They are the current holders of the trophy.
  • The Blues have won the competition seven times in all: only Manchester United (11), Arsenal (10) and Tottenham (8) have won it more often.
  • Rafa Benitez won the FA Cup in 2006 when his Liverpool team defeated West Ham in the last final at the Millennium Stadium.
  • Manchester City have lost just once in domestic competitions this season after scoring first (against Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup).  They have drawn two and won 18 of the Premier League games they have led.
  • Carlos Tevez (pictured right) has scored five goals in this season's competition - making him the second-highest goalscorer. Aldershot forward Danny Hylton (8) leads the goalscoring charts.
  • City have won six of their last seven games in all competitions.
  • These two sides met in this season's Community Shield, with City running out 3-2 winners at Villa Park. Roberto Mancini's men have also shaded the two Premier League encounters between the two, winning 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium, and earning a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge.

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Available Squads
1Petr CechGoalkeeper
28César AzpilicuetaDefender
2Branislav IvanovicDefender
23David LuizDefender
23Ryan BertrandDefender
17Eden HazardMidfielder
12John Obi MikelMidfielder
11OscarMidfielder
7RamiresMidfielder
9Demba BaStriker
8Juan MataStriker
21Ross TurnbullGoalkeeper
27Nathan AkeDefender
26John TerryDefender
8Frank LampardMidfielder
-Victor MosesMidfielder
30Yossi BenayounMidfielder
9Fernando TorresStriker
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
22Gael ClichyDefender
33Matija NastasicDefender
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
4Vincent KompanyDefender
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
7James MilnerMidfielder
8Samir NasriMidfielder
42Yaya Touré Midfielder
10Carlos TévezStriker
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
13Aleksandar KolarovDefender
6Joleon LescottDefender
4Kolo ToureDefender
14Javi GarcíaMidfielder
11Scott Sinclair Midfielder
10Edin DzekoStriker

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