FA Cup Preview: Chelsea v Portsmouth
The two sides meet in the Cup for first time since the Londoners won the 2010 final; Pompey subsequently suffered relegation and administration and lie 17th in the Championship
By Joe Doyle
Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole
Romeu, McEachran, Ramires
Sturridge, Lukaku, Malouda
Ben Haim, Mokoena, Pearce, Mattock Lawrence, Norris, Mullins, Huseklepp
John Terry faces a fitness test on a knock to his knee on Saturday after playing with a painkilling injection against Wolves, but he should be fit to take his place at the heart of the defence.
He could be partnered by Branislav Ivanovic at the back after boss Andre Villas-Boas revealed he could make a comeback. Gary Cahill could well be a Chelsea player by kick-off on Sunday, but probably won't be in the squad to face Portsmouth.
Romelu Lukaku has said that he is looking to stamp his place in the squad with Didier Drogba's departure to the African Nations Cup, and is in line for a role in the team.
Portsmouth will be looking to name as strong a squad as possible, and have placed their hopes on the sizeable shoulders of their 6ft 5in striker Marko Futacs, who is likely to be supported by Dave Kitson in a 4-4-1-1 formation.
| DID YOU KNOW?
- Chelsea have won the cup on six occasions, in 1970, 1997, 2000, 2007, 2009, and 2010.
- Portsmouth won the cup before their opponents as they picked up the trophy for the first time in 1939, and won it for a second time in 2008.
- The last time these two met in the competition was in the final in 2010, which Chelsea won 1-0 after Kevin-Prince Boateng saw a penalty saved and Frank Lampard also missed from the spot late in the game.
- The last time these sides met was three months after that final, with Chelsea thumping Portsmouth 5-0 at Fratton Park.
- Chelsea have won nine, drawn two and lost four of their home games this season, but Portsmouth have only won once on the road this term.
- The last time Portsmouth won at Stamford Bridge was in 1955, and the last time they avoided defeat there was in 1990 in a goalless draw in the League Cup.
- Since their last meeting in 2010, Portsmouth have suffered the plight of administration as well as relegation, but could have new owners in the near future, according to administrators.
- Daniel Sturridge (pictured above) is Chelsea's top goalscorer this season with 10 to his name.
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Top 3 Predictions
Chelsea FC 3-0 Portsmouth
- 24.11 %
Chelsea FC 4-0 Portsmouth
- 13.1 %
Chelsea FC 2-0 Portsmouth
- 12.2 %
|England - FA Cup (FA)||Jan 8, 2012||Chelsea FC 4 - Portsmouth 0|
|Club Friendlies (FR)||Jul 16, 2011||Portsmouth 0 - Chelsea FC 1|
|England - FA Cup (FA)||May 15, 2010||Chelsea FC 1 - Portsmouth 0|
|England - Premier League (EPL)||Mar 24, 2010||Portsmouth 0 - Chelsea FC 5|
|England - Premier League (EPL)||Dec 16, 2009||Chelsea FC 2 - Portsmouth 1|
|Dec 17, 2013||Sunderland 2 - Chelsea FC 1||CCUP|
|Dec 14, 2013||Chelsea FC 2 - Crystal Palace 1||EPL|
|Dec 11, 2013||Chelsea FC 1 - Steaua Bucureşti 0||UCL|
|Dec 7, 2013||Stoke 3 - Chelsea FC 2||EPL|
|Dec 4, 2013||Sunderland 3 - Chelsea FC 4||EPL|
|-||Tal Ben Haim||Defender|
The young player is highly-rated by many, and could get a game as Villas-Boas can afford to rotate his squad in a cup competition. His passing and movement is up at the levels of a much more experienced player.
The Hungarian striker comes in at an intimidating 6ft 5in, and after scoring on his first start for the team on New Year's Eve, he followed it up with another in the next match against Watford. He could be the key for Pompey if they are to come up with a shock result.
It's a common cliche that 'anything can happen' in the FA Cup, but I don't think Chelsea will be a major 'cupset' this weekend. They should have enough quality to beat Pompey, but the visitors can draw hope from the hosts' poor recent form at Stamford Bridge, with the stadium becoming less of a fortress and more of a sandcastle lately.
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