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Having comfortably seen off Championship side Wolves in the fifth round, the draw for the FA Cup Quarter Finals will see Chelsea take on Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, with Jose Mourinho returning for the second time this season.

Second half goals from Pedro and Diego Costa were enough to help the blues to victory at Molineux, and having already beaten United in West London this season, Antonio Conte’s men are now among the favourites for the competition among the bookmakers.

Chelsea, who currently sit eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table, rested the likes of David Luiz, Gary Cahill and Nemanja Matic for the trip north, although the blues still managed to claim yet another clean sheet this season.

As a result of their dominance, bookmakers Bet Way Sports have installed Chelsea as the 5/1 third favourites to lift the cup come the end of the campaign, with the Arsenal and Manchester City offered shorter odds thanks to their more favourable ties.

Conte’s men trounced United earlier on in the season at Stamford Bridge, with a goal inside 30 seconds from Pedro helping Chelsea to a 4-0 win.

However, with Old Trafford based players having already stated their intentions to avenge such a defeat, as well as United having improved significantly since this game, it will certainly not be as easy this time around.

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Conte and Mourinho famously clashed at the end of the game in October, with the former Chelsea boss accusing the Italian of attempting to humiliate his United side in the closing stages of the encounter.

The Portuguese boss was often critical of supporters during his time at Stamford Bridge, however is still held in high regard in West London having won the Premier League three times with the club.

Elsewhere, despite the season having over three months to run, Chelsea are continuing to be linked with a whole host of new players, with Monaco’s Bernardo Silva the latest name that Antonio Conte is rumoured to be keen on signing.

The Portuguese international has been one of the standout performers for the French Ligue 1 leaders, with the attacking midfielder being linked with a £60 million move to the Bridge.

Despite the form of the likes of Victor Moses, Marcos Alonso and Pedro this season, Conte is thought to be keen to add to his resources in a bid to challenge on all fronts next year. Silva joins a long list of names including Moussa Dembele, Michail Antonio and Virgil van Dijk.

Further defensive reinforcements would only add to the uncertainty surrounding Captain John Terry, with the defender having taken further steps towards his career off the field after taking up Portuguese lessons.

Despite the former England international undoubtedly preferring to see out his career at Stamford Bridge, a move away from England could well be on the cards come the summer.

A whole host of MLS and Chinese Super League clubs are believed to be interested in short-term deals for Terry.

I grew up watching the likes of Zola, Di Matteo and Wise in the 90's. In 2004 i founded TalkChelsea.

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