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  • April 1, 2013
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Chelsea-Manchester United Preview: Manchester City await winners of quarter-final replay

Chelsea-Manchester United Preview: Manchester City await winners of quarter-final replay

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Rafa Benitez's side staged an unlikely comeback from two goals down to set up a repeat fixture at Stamford Bridge for the chance to face Roberto Mancini's men at Wembley

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

CHELSEA

Cech
Azpilicueta, Luiz, Terry, Cole
Ramires, Mikel
Oscar, Mata, Hazard
Ba

MANCHESTER UNITED

De Gea
Jones, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra
Cleverley, Giggs
Welbeck, Rooney
, Nani
Chicharito

Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Ashley Cole, David Luiz, Ramires and Demba Ba should all return to Rafa Benitez's starting line-up after missing Chelsea's league defeat at Southampton on Saturday.

The Chelsea boss could make around six changes to his side ahead of a run of five games in the next 13 days.

Gary Cahill (knee) is a doubt so John Terry is likely to continue in defence alongside Luiz. With Ba cup-tied for the Blues in the Europa League, the Senegalese should be handed a start on Monday. Mata should return to the side after missing the match at St Mary's with illness.

Sir Alex Ferguson is also likely to make several changes to his side after rotating the team in the weekend win at Sunderland.

Phil Jones could return to the side at right-back after Rafael (groin) was forced off at the weekend. Tom Cleverley and Ryan Giggs are also likely to feature after sitting out Saturday's match.

In attack, Danny Welbeck and Chicharito will hope for a starting berth with Nani also ready to come in. Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young and Robin van Persie should drop to the bench.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has won the FA Cup more times than any other player, lifting the famous trophy an astonishing seven times.
  • Juan Mata recently became the first Premier League player to score 10 goals and provide 10 assists.
  • Manchester United striker Chicharito (pictured right) enjoys playing against Chelsea, the Mexican striker has struck in five of his last seven games against the Blues in all competitions.
  • No player in the top flight has hit the woodwork more than Van Persie this season. The Dutchman has been denied by a post or the crossbar seven times.
  • Left-back Patrice Evra has played more minutes (2,430) than any other United player in the league this season.
  • Eighteen goals have been scored in the three meetings between the sides this season.

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Available Squads
1Petr CechGoalkeeper
3Ashley ColeDefender
28César AzpilicuetaDefender
2Branislav IvanovicDefender
23David LuizDefender
17Eden HazardMidfielder
12John Obi MikelMidfielder
11OscarMidfielder
7RamiresMidfielder
9Demba BaStriker
8Juan MataStriker
21Ross TurnbullGoalkeeper
26John TerryDefender
-Ryan BertrandDefender
8Frank LampardMidfielder
-Victor MosesMidfielder
30Yossi BenayounMidfielder
9Fernando TorresStriker
1David de GeaGoalkeeper
12Chris SmallingDefender
3Patrice EvraDefender
4Phil JonesDefender
5Rio FerdinandDefender
25Antonio ValenciaMidfielder
16Michael CarrickMidfielder
17NaniMidfielder
23Tom CleverleyMidfielder
19Danny WelbeckStriker
14Javier 'Chicharito' HernandezStriker
13Anders LindegaardGoalkeeper
36Marnick VermijlDefender
18Ashley YoungMidfielder
25Nick PowellMidfielder
20Robin van PersieStriker
23Shinji KagawaStriker
Players to Watch
Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
3 0 0 0
The Belgian winger started the season like a house on fire but tailed off after an impressive start. On the evidence of recent weeks the former Lille man is returning to his best Chelsea form. He was rampant against West Ham two weeks ago and made the difference as a substitute at Old Trafford in the original tie. The 21-year-old often produces his best displays at Stamford Bridge and should be ready to go after starting on the bench at the weekend.
Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez
Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 14
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Mexico international has an impressive record against the west Londoners but he has had one of his worst seasons at Old Trafford. He was among the goals in the early part of the season but since then has found first-team chances hard to come by. With Van Persie completing 90 minutes on Saturday, Chicharito may be handed a big opportunity at Stamford Bridge, one he need to take if he hopes to move up the Old Trafford pecking order.
Prediction
After losing to Southampton at the weekend, the Chelsea fans will let Rafa Benitez know how they feel about him at Stamford Bridge and that poisonous atmosphere might work against the Blues. Manchester United also made a number of changes at the weekend, so they should be able to match the energy levels of their opponents. After surrendering a two-goal lead in the original tie, don't expect the Red Devils to make a similar mistake again.
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