Guus Hiddink
Guus Hiddink will look to win the FA Cup for a second time as manager Getty

Chelsea host Manchester City in the fifth round of the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge on 21 February, Sunday.

Where to watch live

The match is set to kick-off at 4pm GMT. Live coverage of the game in the UK is available on BBC1 and BBC 1 HD.


In a game that would be hyped up to epic proportions in previous seasons, Manchester City's trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the fifth round of the FA Cup, has not seen the media frenzy that normally attracts such a clash, perhaps reflecting their current position in the league amidst Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur's rise to the top of the English Premier League table.

The hosts come into this game on the back of a 2-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of the last 16 tie of the UEFA Champions League, and will now have to refocus their efforts to continue their run in England's domestic competition. Guus Hiddink, who won the trophy in 2009, will look to win it a second time and is expected to play a full-strength side for the clash.

But Chelsea will be missing Captain John Terry who is out with a hamstring injury picked up during their clash against Newcastle United last week, while new signing Alexander Pato is still short of match fitness.

Look at what two weeks can do to a team, Manchester City were touted as favourites to win the league but two back-to-back losses to rivals Leicester and Tottenham and they look like a different side altogether.

Injuries have hampered the city side, who are missing Kevin De Bruyne (knee), Samir Nasri (thigh), Jesus Navas (hamstring), Fabian Delph (Achilles) and Wilfried Bony (calf) while manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that he would field a selection of youngsters, due to their midweek clash against Dynamo Kiev in Champions League coming up.

City has not lost an away game in the FA Cup for six years, but that record might just be broken due to absence of a number of senior players. Youngsters, Kelechi Iheanacho, Bersant Celina, Brandon Barker, Aleix Garcia and Manu Garcia are all expected to play a role for City on Sunday.

What managers say

Guus Hiddink: "I will make hardly any changes because we take the FA Cup very seriously. Winning the FA Cup is a prestigious prize in England but also worldwide."

Manuel Pellegrini: "We have just 13 (senior) players available to play. We have to play Champions League on Wednesday. We'll see the best team we can play on Sunday. Young players have the option and they must take their chances."

"For me the priority is always the next game but we must make an exception now because of so many injuries."

"We never think about four trophies - we go game by game."

Betting odds (Betfair)

  • Chelsea to win: 4/5
  • Draw: 11/4
  • Manchester City to win: 18/5

Team news


Possible XI: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Baba Rehman, Mikel, Fabregas, Pedro, Oscar, Willian, Costa

Manchester City

Possible XI: Hart, Zabaleta, Otamendi, Demechillis, Clichy, Fernando, Fernandinho, Barker, Celina, Garcia, Iheanacho