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Chelsea vs Scunthorpe – Match Preview

Chelsea have only one fit striker in Diego Costa, with Radamel Falcao (groin) and Loic Remy (calf) absent.

Blues midfielder Eden Hazard will also be missing from the third-round tie, because of a groin injury.

Leading scorer Paddy Madden is expected to be fit for Scunthorpe, despite a tight hamstring.

Tom Hopper and Gary McSheffrey return from injury but new signing Conor Townsend will not be involved as he is cup-tied.

Editor’s Note: Guus Hiddink will use the F.A. Cup as the chance to salvage Chelsea’s season and repeat his 2009 success when they beat Everton in the Final. Tomorrow they play host to Scunthorpe in what should be a rudimentary win at Stamford Bridge.

That said last season Chelsea were dumped out of the Cup by a lower league side in the shape of Bradford City so they will have to give Scunthorpe the respect that they deserve if there isn’t to be a repeat of last year’s shock upset in which they threw away a 2-0 lead.

Last weekend Chelsea comfortably run out winners over cross city rivals Crystal Palace and slowly but surely their performances are getting more to the standard which delivered a Premier League title last season. But Guus Hiddink still has work to do so a Cup run will come as a welcome distraction from a league campaign which has been one to forget.

They may only have won fit striker on hand tomorrow but that is Diego Costa and last week he looked more of a forward and less of a wind up merchant and if he repeats that performance Today then Scunthorpe could be in for a long afternoon.

The Iron find themselves 15th in League One and haven’t really got anything to lose in this encounter with Chelsea, in the last round they beat Leyton Orient after a replay to enable them to get to Stamford Bridge and Manager Mark Robins will be hoping his side aren’t too overawed by the occasion.

Unfortunately for Scunthorpe, I think the occasion will be too much of them Tomorrow especially as they have not won against a top-flight side in the FA Cup since beating Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 in the fourth round in 1970. Therefore I can’t see anything other than a Chelsea win tomorrow and they’ll be in the hat for Round 4.

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