Chelsea vs Manchester United: What to expect from Monday night's FA Cup clash

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Manchester United’s trip to holders Chelsea is the standout tie in the fifth round of this season’s FA Cup.

Stamford Bridge has proved to be an unhappy hunting ground for the Red Devils, who are without a win at Chelsea in nine games since they won 3-2 in the Premier League in October 2012.

Since then, the Blues have beaten United seven times and drawn the other two in west London.

With so many Premier League sides no longer involved in the competition, the winner of this game will fancy their chances of reaching the FA final at Wembley on May 18.

We take a close look at both teams ahead of the tie.

Both teams to score

Chelsea have yet to concede a goal in this season’s FA Cup after beating Nottingham Forest 2-0 and Sheffield Wednesday 3-0.

Maurizio Sarri’s defence will be challenged more by United than what the two Championship sides could offer in attack.

After beating Reading 2-0 at Old Trafford in the third round, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side went to the Emirates Stadium and beat Arsenal 3-1.


United have scored in all 18 away games they have played this season in all competitions, while Chelsea have scored in 18 of their 22 matches at home.

When United went to Stamford Bridge earlier this season in the Premier League, the game finished 2-2 which is why we think both teams will score in this match.

Extra time to be played

A change to the rules this season means all ties in the fifth round and onwards will be decided without the need for a replay, so extra time and penalties are a possibility.

Both Chelsea and United have won 15 of their 26 league games this season and with so little between the two sides, we think extra time will be needed to determine which club has a quarter-final to look forward to next month.

Four of Chelsea’s five league draws this season have come at Stamford Bridge, including the 2-2 draw on October 20 with United who were then managed by Jose Mourinho.

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Antonio Rudiger gave the Blues the lead before two goals from Anthony Martial gave the visitors a 2-1 advantage. However, Ross Barkley popped up to score an equaliser in the sixth minute of injury time and secure a point for Sarri’s side.

There was nothing between the two sides that day and this tie could be the same, which is why extra time might be required.

Higuain to be anytime scorer

Gonzalo Higuain made his Chelsea debut in the last round when the Blues beat the Owls 3-0.

The 31-year-old turned down Willian’s offer to take the penalty awarded to his side that gave the home side the lead midway through the first half.


He opened his account for the Blues with two goals in their 5-0 home win over Huddersfield in the Premier League, but they remain the only goals he has scored in four games.

An unused substitute in Thursday’s Europa League win at Malmo, the Argentina forward will be fresh to face United and he will be fancied to get among the goals once again.

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