Demba Ba is competing for the striker's spot with Fernando Torres. Image courtesy of cnn.com
When Eden Hazard and Ramires scored second half goals for Chelsea to draw level with Manchester United in their FA Cup quarter-final earlier this month, it added another chapter to a rivalry which has somehow managed to grow this season. The teams face each other again in the replay at Stamford Bridge on Monday night (AEDT) to decide which team takes on another powerhouse, Manchester City, in a Wembley semi-final. The other semi features mid-table Championship side Millwall and Premier League struggler Wigan Athletic.
Chelsea knocked United out of the League Cup back in October with a stunning 5-4 win in extra time. That result at Stamford Bridge came just three days after United had collected the points at the west London ground, beating the Blues 3-2 after the home side was reduced to nine men. The Red Devils hadn’t won at the Bridge since 2002 in the Premiership, but then again, Chelsea did go undefeated at the ground for 86 straight games, so they weren’t the only ones to struggle there.
Even though he didn’t play last weekend in England’s World Cup qualifier against San Marino, United defender Rio Ferdinand has still been in the news with allegations fans who travelled to the game made racial taunts against him and his brother, Anton. Ferdinand pulled out of the game after being called up for the first time since 2011, but still went to Qatar to work as a television pundit on the game. Considering there is still bad blood lingering from the investigation in to John Terry’s alleged racial abuse of Anton Ferdinand, there are plenty of sparks that could go off in this game.
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