Chelsea will travel to Merseyside to face Everton in the fourth round of the FA Cup in Saturday's early kick-off.
It is a replay of the 2009 FA Cup final, which Chelsea won 2-1 with goals from Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard, cancelling out the fastest ever goal in an FA Cup final from Louis Saha. Everton will be out for revenge this time around, not in least as their manager David Moyes' 9-year long tenure, despite making maximum use of limited resources, is yet to return a trophy.
The FA Cup remains their only realistic chance for a title, and if their 5-1 thrashing of Scunthorpe in the previous round is anything to go by, the Toffees will have a real go at it this time. However, the departure one of their creative sparks in the middle, Steven Piennar, to Spurs will load extra pressure on Mikel Arteta to deliver.
In the latest meeting between the clubs, Everton snatched a late point at Chelsea in a 1-1 draw in December. However, that was right in the middle of Chelsea's bad-patch, and Everton will face a much more confident side now, who have managed three consecutive wins in all competitions after going 9 games with just a win in the league. The 4-0 demolition of Bolton last week have improved the spirits at Stamford Bridge, and they will hope to continue their recovery against Everton.
Chelsea are ten points behind leaders Manchester United in the league, and face a tough task if they are to retain the title. The holy grail of the Champions League will be heavily contested and the FA Cup remains their only real chance of a trophy this season.
It'll be hard-fought encounter, and Everton will be pleased if they can manage a replay.
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Everton's Victor Anichebe and Phil Jagielka are both doubtful through injury while Tim Cahill is on international duty for the Asian Cup.
Chelsea will leave it late to decide whether to risk starting Frank Lampard who is recovering from a calf injury. Alex, Yury Zhirkov and Yossi Benayoun all remain sidelined.
Everton will be pleased with a replay and will look to attack Chelsea on the counter. A 1-1 draw and a replay seems likely.