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Chelsea vs Chesterfield: Preview, Prediction and Team News

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Chelsea host Chesterfield in the FA Cup on Saturday at Stamford Bridge. The Blues will be looking forward to starting their FA Cup campaign on a high note against fifth-tier side Chesterfield.

Meanwhile, Chelsea were the runners-up from the previous campaign. They were defeated by Leicester City 1:0 at Wembley.

On the other hand, Chesterfield is set to face the Blues after a 2-0 win at Salford City. They have an uphill task to hold off the European Champions in their backyard.

The London giants are currently going through a rough patch of form in the Premier League. They have won only once in their last 5 games in the season. Meanwhile, the team is also suffering from the recent Lukaku saga and contract issues of some players.

However, they managed to win against Tottenham Hotspur in their EFL Cup first-leg fixture by 2:0 on Wednesday. Tuchel would look forward to keeping the winning momentum intact in the FA Cup clash.

Chelsea vs Chesterfield Team News, Suspensions, Injuries

Chelsea will find a long list of players unavailable due to injuries. Ben Chilwell will miss the whole season due to an ACL injury. Other than him, Trevoh Chalobah, Kai Havertz, Andreas Christensen, Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta will be on the sidelines due to injuries.

Meanwhile, French midfielder N’ Golo Kante and Thiago Silva will miss the action due to COVID. Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper Mendy is on international duty and will be back in action after a couple of weeks.

On the other hand, Jack Clark, Luke Croll, Laurence Maguire, Jeff King will miss the action from the visitor’s side.

Head To Head

Both sides faced each other seven times previously in all competitions. The last time the two sides faced was in the FA Cup in 1950. The Blues have the better record against Chesterfield with four wins.

The visiting side has been able to get the better of the hosts just once while the other two fixtures resulted in a draw.

Chelsea form in all competitions: W-D-D-W-W

Chesterfield form in all competitions: W-D-W-W-D

Predicted Lineup:

Chelsea possible lineup:
Bettinelli; Mbuyamba, Sarr, McClelland; Hudson-Odoi, Hall, Loftus-Cheek, Pulisic; Vale; Soonsup-Bell, Werner

Chesterfield possible lineup:
Loach; Williams, Gunning, Whittle; King, Oyeleke, Mandeville, Weston, Miller; Tshimanga, Kahn

Prediction:

Despite so many absentees, Chelsea will look to clinch all three points. It will take some real courage for the visitors to earn points against such a quality side.

So, we can predict Chelsea winning the match by a margin of two goals or more.

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