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After taking a big step towards the Carabao Cup final in midweek, Chelsea turn their attentions to the FA Cup this evening as they begin their campaign against non-league Chesterfield.
After two impressive performances against Liverpool and Tottenham respectively, Thomas Tuchel’s side look to have come through their slight blip and could well turn their attentions to the FA Cup crown with their Premier League hopes looking distant at best.
There have, however, been famous cup upsets at Stamford Bridge over the years. Bradford City and Barnsley have both emerged victorious against the West London giants in the modern era, although a win for Chesterfield would surely trump even those.
After an intense festive period and a fresh batch of positive Covid cases, it seems reasonable to expect changes from a Chelsea perspective.
Date, kick-off time and venue
The FA Cup meeting is scheduled for a 5.30pm kick-off time today, Saturday January 8, 2022.
Stamford Bridge in London will host.
Where to watch Chelsea vs Chesterfield
TV channel: Today’s game will be broadcast on BBC One (red button).
Live stream: Supporters will be able to watch the game either through the BBC iPlayer (free with subscription) or the BBC Sport website.
Chelsea vs Chesterfield team news
Chelsea XI: Bettinelli, Hudson-Odoi, Christensen, Sarr, Hall, Ziyech, Kovacic, Saul, Pulisic, Lukaku, Werner
Subs: Kepa, Simons, Baker, Barkley, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Webster, Havertz, Vale
Chesterfield XI: Loach, Kerr, Gunning, Croll, King, Weston, Oyeleke, Whittle, Khan, Kellermann, Tshimanga
Subs: Minter, Miller, Maguire, Asante, Mandeville, McCourt, Tyson, Grimes, Payne
Chelsea vs Chesterfield prediction
The magic of the FA Cup is one of the most tired old clichés in the game and, as interesting as it would be to see a surprise sprung, Chelsea couldn’t be stronger favourites.
Chelsea to win 3-0.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Chelsea wins: 4
Chesterfield wins: 1