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Chelsea, Man Utd in FA Cup showdown

 

Chelsea duo calling Hudson – Oslo and Gary Chill are doubtful for FA fifth round to face Manchester United Maurizio Sarri’s side face united on Sunday in what could be a decisive game.

Hudson – Oddi has been nursing a fever throughout the week and is struggling to shake off the flue, whilst cahill has got a minor back problem

Holders Chelsea have been drawn to face Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round, a repeat of last year’s final.

Chelsea are unbeaten in their last five FA Cup matches against Manchester United (W4 D1), including FA Cup final victory in 2018.

The Blues defeated United 1-0 at Wembley in May as Eden Hazard secured silverware for Antonio Conte in his last match in charge of the victors.

Opposing boss Jose Mourinho has since departed, too, and now Maurizio Sarri and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will go head to head in the last 16 of this season’s competition.

With Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham already out, only two of the Premier League’s top six can make the quarter-final draw.

Manchester City will be confident of their progression, however, as they visit Middlesbrough or Newport County in the next stage.

Chelsea won last year’s final at Wembley 1-0 thanks to an Eden Hazard’s penalty.

Giant-killers Newport County, who play in League Two (fourth tier), could face Premier League champions Manchester City if they can win their replay against Middlesbrough.

Newport, who have already knocked out top-flight Leicester City, drew 1-1 at Middlesbrough on Saturday and host the replay on Feb. 5.

Doncaster Rovers, who play in League One (third tier) and are in the fifth round for the first time in 63 years, will host Premier League Crystal Palace.

League One AFC Wimbledon, who knocked out top-flight West Ham United, take on Championship (second-tier) Millwall, who eliminated Everton in the fourth round.

 

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