Sunday, January 8, 2017

Chelsea vs Peterborough United - Competition: English FA Cup

Chelsea team may well have lost to Tottenham last time out, but this ended a run of 13 successive English Premier League wins. They still hold a five point lead at the top of the standings. The Blues aòready crashed out of the League Cup to West Ham earlier in the season- Prior to that they only managed to beat Bristol Rovers 3-2 in the same competition, showing that Antonio Conte is willing to make changes to the side in the domestic cups.
Antonio Conte is expected to make several changes to their starting line-up for this game. Diego Costa and Eden Hazard should be rested in this game, while players like Michy Batshuayi, Willian and Kennedy will have the chance to impress Antonio Conte. Defender Kurt Zouma has been out injured for over a year but he is in line to make his reappearance here. Midfielders Oscar and John Mikel Obi have packed their bags and left Stamford Bridge for big-money moves to China.
Peterborough are hoping for yet another promotion in the Football League this season as they currently sit just outside the play-off places, one point behind sixth placed Fleetwood Town. Recent form has seen the Posh go seven matches unbeaten, although they do come into this match on the back of three consecutive draws against Gillingham, Coventry and Scunthorpe. They score plenty of goals and are amongst League One’s top scorers this term with 38 in 25 matches.
Peterborough United team will be without defender Jack Baldwin, who had a knee operation at the start of December. In a 4-3-1-2 formation, Shaquille Coulthirst and Tom Nichols are likely to start upfront with Marcus Maddison in the number ten role.

Chelsea last 5 matches:
14/12/16 Sunderland 0 – 1 Chelsea
17/12/16 Crystal Palace 0 – 1 Chelsea
26/12/16 Chelsea 3 – 0 Bournemouth
31/12/16 Chelsea 4 – 2 Stoke City
04/01/17 Tottenham 2 – 0 Chelsea FC

Peterborough last 5 matches:
17/12/16 Charlton Athletic 0 – 2 Peterborough
20/12/16 Peterborough 2 – 0 Notts County
26/12/16 Peterborough 1 – 1 Gillingham
31/12/16 Peterborough 1 – 1 Coventry City
02/01/17 Scunthorpe United 1 – 1 Peterborough

Date: 8 January 2017
Kick-off Time: 15:00 GMT
Venue: Stamford Bridge, London



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