The FA Cup fifth round tie between Chelsea and Manchester City is arguably the biggest game in England this weekend.
366football.com brings you the important facts ahead of the game which will be played at the Emirates on Sunday.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini will be looking ahead to next week’s UEFA Champions League trip to Ukraine to face Dynamo Kiev in the first leg of the round of 16 tie and may rest the likes of Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure.
Chelsea is expected to play a very strong side with the exception of the injured Kurt Zouma, Radamel Falcao, and captain John Terry.
.Manchester City have lost just two of their last 11 fixtures against Chelsea
. Guus Hiddink has never lost an FA Cup match with Chelsea (P5 W5 D0 L0), guiding them to the trophy in 2009.
.Excluding penalties, Chelsea have won 24 and lost just of one of their last 29 FA Cup matches played at Stamford Bridge.
. The struggling premier league champions have kept five clean sheets in their last six FA Cup matches played at Stamford Bridge.
.Interestingly, Man City and Chelsea have been drawn together five times in the FA Cup with the Citizens winning four and losing just one. In fact, Man City have won the last four with the Blues only victory coming back on 20 February 1915.
. Manchester City have kept a clean sheet in three of their last four competitive away games.
. Chelsea and City meet in the FA Cup for the third time in four seasons.
.Manuel Pellegrini’s side won the previous two, beating the holders in the 2013 semi-final and winning a fifth round tie at the Etihad in 2014.
Chelsea boss, Guus Hiddink:
‘Deep down you must play with joy. If you play with joy then the best comes out of a player. Joy is not always laughing. It is enjoying being a professional, enjoying training and doing your job, which is sometimes tough.
‘But if you enjoy it and if you do it, not all day smiling, but you feel a little bit natural, then I think the performance is unconditioned.’
Manchester City gaffer, Manuel Pellegrini: ‘The team we are going to play against Chelsea will give young players a chance.
‘They must take the chance in the correct way to show why they are so near to the first team and try to get the trust of the manager.’
Probable XI: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Rahman, Oscar, Mikel, Fabregas, Pedro, Costa, Willian. Sub: Begovic, Hazard, Traore, Kenedy, Matic, Remy, Loftus-Cheek
Probable XI: Caballero, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Kolarov, Fernando, Fernandinho, Sterling, Silva, M Garcia, Iheanacho.
Sub: Hart, Otamendi, Clichy, Toure, Humphreys, A Garcia, Aguero, Barker