FA Cup Quarterfinal Replay: Manchester United Vs Chelsea Preview

on March 31 2013 4:48 PM

Preview

It's a quick turnaround for Manchester United-- in fact, their quickest of the season -- as they prepare to take on Chelsea tomorrow in a FA Cup quarter-final replay at Stamford Bridge. This will occur just 45 hours after the final whistle against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. This tie has come about because of the 2-2 draw at Old Trafford three weeks ago -- a game in which the Reds blew an early two-goal lead and were fortunate not to lose after a brilliant David de Gea save at the death on a close-range Juan Mata attempt. The winner of the replay will face Manchester City in a semi-final clash at Wembley.

Team News

Manchester United

 

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.

Chelsea 

 

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.

Recent Form

Manchester United: W/W/W/W/W/W

Chelsea: L/W/W/L/W/L

Probable Lineups

Manchester United: De Gea (GK); Jones, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra; Cleverley, Giggs; Welbeck, Rooney, Nani; Chicharito 

Chelsea: Cech (GK); Azpilicueta, Luiz, Terry, Cole; Ramires, Mikel; Oscar, Mata, Hazard; Ba

Live Streaming

 

Kickoff: 12:30pm BST, 7:30am EST, 4:30am PST  

Location: Stamford Bridge

Streaming: UK (UTV, ITV 1, BBC Radio 5 Live), USA (Fox Soccer Channel, FOX Deportes, TalkSport Radio, SiriusXM FC)

Prediction

Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea

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