Chelsea - Manchester City - Pre-match analysis: Hiddink hopes to extend his unbeaten run in the FA Cup

The Blues host Manchester City in a cup clash in an interesting match-up for the two sides.

Chelsea - Manchester City - Pre-match analysis: Hiddink hopes to extend his unbeaten run in the FA Cup
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Chelsea host Manchester City in the 5th round of the FA Cup this Sunday, and Guus Hiddink will be looking to progress against the Manchester side at Stamford Bridge.

It is still strange to see Chelsea in the bottom ten but a win for the Blues could see them start their comeback for this season, especially in cup competitions.

Slow progress

Chelsea were unbeaten for first 12 games under Guus Hiddink, until they came up against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League and lost 2-1 to the French capital side.

Players such as Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and John Obi Mikel have been performing brilliantly under the Dutch manager and have been a vital part of Hiddink’s squad so far. They could be game changers on Sunday, if they’re included.

Chelsea started their FA Cup run winning against Scunthorpe United, and it is worth mentioning that the youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored his first ever goal for Chelsea in that game. Then they were drawn to play MK Dons at Stadium-MK, Chelsea won that match 5-1 with ease when Oscar scored his first ever hat-trick for Chelsea.

The Blues’ FA Cup run last year ended by Bradford City, who won 4-2 at Stamford Bridge last season.

Chelsea will be hoping Sergio Aguero isn't in such hot form this time around. | Image source: ESPN.
Chelsea will be hoping Sergio Aguero isn't in such hot form this time around. | Image source: ESPN.

Team news

Chelsea have got both of their starting centre-backs unavailable for selection for this game. Kurt Zouma, who will be out for the rest of the season, and John Terry, whose injury isn’t that serious and should be back next game. Radamel Falcao is still out, but should be back soon.

The Citizens have without Kevin De Bruyne, Fabian Delph, Samir Nasri, Jesus Navas, Wilfried Bony and Eliaquim Mangala due to injury. Bacary Sagna will have to have a late fitness test, in what will make City's task even harder.

Manuel Pellegrini not taking FA Cup seriously?

The Chilean manager complained in the press conference about how close the Chelsea and the Dynamo Kiev games are; a three day difference between the two matches will make it tough for Pellegrini to choose a full strength line-up on Sunday. However, the veteran head coach stated that he is going to give some youngsters, such as Kelechi Iheanacho, who scored last Sunday against Tottenham Hotspur, a chance.