Its FA Cup third round weekend, the Blues face a Peterborough side who are currently 8th in League one and will hoping to get back to winnings ways after the midweek defeat to Spurs.
The defeat was the first the club has suffered in the Premier League in 14 games, the club still remain top of the league with a five-point lead over Liverpool.
Changes are expected for Chelsea with Batshuayi coming in for the inform Diego Costa and Willian is likely to replace Pedro on the right. John Terry could make a return in for the brilliant David Luiz.
Kurt Zouma is back after 11 months out with an injury and will hopefully get his first game time of the season. the defender has not played a game for the Blues since suffering a knee injury against Manchester United in February 2016.
Antonio Conte had this to say on Kurt:
“He’s ready to start. I’m pleased for him. He deserves to start the game.
Also for him it is a good opportunity to show me he’s in good form and to give me another opportunity when I go to choose the starting XI.”
POSSIBLE LINE UP
Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Terry, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Batshuayi
IT’S A BIG GAME FOR
Everyone though everyone thought the Belgian was going to play Boxing day but Conte opted to start Eden Hazard in a false number 9 role which was disapointing. Michy has to take his chance tomorrow if selected in the starting line up instead of Diego Costa.
Conte said this about Batshuayi this week.
“Michy, I think, is finding a lot of difficulty to adapt to this league and this football, because this football is very physical and it’s not easy.”
“Michy is only 23, he’s a young player who can improve a lot. In front of him there is Costa, and obviously he’s having a bit of difficulty to play. But he has the time to show me that he deserves to play. Sunday will be important for him.”
FA Cup, January 2001 – Chelsea 5-0 Peterborough (Zola 2, Gudjohnsen, Hasselbaink, Poyet)
FA Cup, March 1965 – Chelsea 5-1 Peterborough (Tambling 2, Bridges, Hollins, Murray)
Chelsea and Peterborough have never been in the same league and have subsequently only met in the FA Cup – on two occasions. Both times Chelsea managed to smash five goals past Posh.
Chelsea have not been eliminated from the FA Cup at the third round stage since 1997-98, when they lost to 5-3 to Manchester United.
The Blues have lost just one of their last 35 FA Cup home games against lower-league opposition – this was their surprise 4-2 defeat to Bradford City in 2014-15.
Peterborough have shipped five goals in both of their previous FA Cup games against Chelsea – 5-1 in the sixth round in 1965 and 5-0 in the third round in 2001.
Kick Off: 15:00, Sunday 8th January
TV: Highlights on Match of the Day, BBC One – 11pm
Chelsea 4-0 Peterborough.
The neutral would love to see a Chelsea slip up but I can’t see that happening, it should be a routine win for the Blues. Saying that you can never be to sure after the freak defeat to Bradford two seasons go.
I’m hoping Batshuayi takes his chance if selected and performs after not really getting much of a look in this season.