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FA Cup

  • January 5, 2013
  • • 15:00
  • • St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton, Hampshire
  • Referee: M. Dean
  • • Attendance: 27813

Southampton - Chelsea Preview: Saints have never lost to the Blues in the FA Cup

Southampton - Chelsea Preview: Saints have never lost to the Blues in the FA Cup

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The hosts held Arsenal last time out and will fancy their chances against Rafael Benitez's men who fell to a shock defeat against QPR on Wednesday



Cork, Yoshida, Fonte, Shaw
Schneiderlin, Davis
Puncheon, Ward-Prowse, Ramirez


Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Bertrand
Luiz, Lampard,
Moses, Oscar, Marin


Southampton may look to give striker Rickie Lambert a break in this FA Cup fixture against the holders Chelsea and will give a start to 18-year-old James Ward-Prowse.

Nigel Adkins has got captain Adam Lallana (knee) as his only long-term injury problem and is blessed with an almost full squad to choose from.

Chelsea will be looking for a response after being beaten by West London rivals QPR at Stamford Bridge for the first time in over 30 years.

Goalkeeper Ross Turnbull could continue to deputise in goal as Petr Cech (groin) is a doubt ahead of the game. The Blues are already without John Terry and Oriol Romeu (both knee).

  • James Ward-Prowse scored in the third round of the FA Cup last season and will be looking to add to that tally in a rare start for the youngster.
  • Southampton's only major trophy to date is the FA Cup. They beat Manchester United in 1976 when they finished sixth in the old Second Division and United finished third in the old First Division.
  • Recent form has seen Nigel Adkins men go three unbeaten at the moment following draws against Fulham, Stoke and Arsenal.
  • Frank Lampard (picture right) is just one behind Kerry Dixon (193) and 10 behind Bobby Tambling (202) in the all-time goalscoring records at Chelsea.
  • The Blues have never beaten Southampton in the FA Cup. They have drawn three and lost four - with three away defeats.
  • From 2000-onwards, Chelsea have won the FA Cup five times and have seven in total. Their first coming in 1970 against Leeds United.



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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Artur BorucGoalkeeper
6Jose Rocha FonteDefender
3Luke ShawDefender
3Maya YoshidaDefender
18Jack CorkDefender
13Jason PuncheonMidfielder
16James Ward-ProwseMidfielder
4Morgan SchneiderlinMidfielder
8Steven DavisMidfielder
21Guilherme Do PradoMidfielder
9Jay RodriguezStriker
1Kelvin DavisGoalkeeper
38Ben ReevesDefender
5Jos HooiveldDefender
33Steve RidderStriker
24Emmanuel MayukaStriker
-Rickie LambertStriker
19Tadanari LeeStriker
21Ross TurnbullGoalkeeper
3Ashley ColeDefender
28César AzpilicuetaDefender
2Branislav IvanovicDefender
23David LuizDefender
24Gary CahillDefender
17Eden HazardMidfielder
-Victor MosesMidfielder
9Demba BaStriker
8Juan MataStriker
48Henrique HilárioGoalkeeper
20Paulo FerreiraDefender
-Ryan BertrandDefender
8Frank LampardMidfielder
21Marko MarinMidfielder
9Fernando TorresStriker
Players to Watch
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 16
Games Goals YC RC
3 0 0 0
Big things are expected of he and his fellow youngster Luke Shaw and it will be interesting to see his performance in the middle of the park against the European champions Chelsea.
Ross Turnbull
Ross Turnbull
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 1 0
With Petr Cech still injured Ross Turnbull will continue in goal for the Blues and will need to play well against a Southampton side that is full of goals.

Southampton have finally found their feet in the Premier League and with home advantage will fancy their chances. The Saints have never lost to Chelsea in the FA Cup, and with the Blues still reeling from losing the west London derby, we could be in for a cup shock.

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