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Chelsea: Predicted XI v Bradford City

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In order to book their place in the FA Cup fifth round draw, Chelsea must navigate their way past League One outfit Bradford City on Saturday afternoon.

Because of the sheer gulf in quality between the two sides, this should - should - be a walk in the park for Jose Mourinho’s men.

Chelsea, sitting top of the Premier League table, are currently the highest-ranked team in English football. Bradford, on the other hand, find themselves sixth in England’s third tier - behind such powerhouses as Bristol City and Rochdale.

The two clubs last went head-to-head back in December 2000, when Bradford - before their spectacular fall from grace - were a Premier League side.

It finished 3-0 to the Blues on that afternoon - and a similar scoreline this time around would come as no great surprise to anybody.

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Mourinho will regard this match as a useful opportunity to give a few players on the fringes of the first team some minutes, while offering a well-deserved rest to his stars.

But this will still result in Mourinho deploying a Chelsea side with more than enough quality to obliterate the Bantams, provided they hit top gear.

Cech to start

In goal, expect to see Petr Cech. Thibaut Courtois was sensational against Liverpool in mid-week and will be rested up before the Blues face the Merseyside outfit again on Tuesday.

John Terry should also be rested - expect Kurt Zouma to take his place - but Branislav Ivanovic may be required to start with Cesar Azpilicueta expected to miss the match with a groin injury.

Gary Cahill and Felipe Luis will play at centre-back and left-back, respectively.

Matic, Cesc, Hazard, Costa to be rested

Mourinho is likely to deploy a midfield comprised of John Obi Mikel, Ramires, Oscar and Andre Schurrle.

While Didier Drogba and Loic Remy could start together upfront, just as they did in the FA Cup third round against Watford earlier this month.

Chelsea: Predicted XI v Bradford City

Cech; Ivanovic, Zouma, Cahill, Luis; Mikel; Ramires, Oscar, Schurrle; Drogba, Remy

Score prediction

Chelsea 5 - 0 Bradford City

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