Chelsea v Chesterfield live stream, Saturday 8 January, 5.30pm GMT
Chelsea will be out to avoid an upset in the third round of the FA Cup when they host Chesterfield on Saturday.
Thomas Tuchel's side head into this weekend's fixture with renewed optimism. Chelsea were probably the better team in their 2-2 draw with Liverpool in the Premier League last weekend. They followed that up with an excellent display on Wednesday night, as the Blues beat Tottenham 2-0 in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final.
Given Manchester City's relentlessness, Chelsea are unlikely to win the Premier League title this term. The domestic cup competitions could therefore take on more significance; Chelsea managers are not always afforded time, but it would be hard to dismiss Tuchel if he led the club to a top-three finish in the league and won either the League Cup or the FA Cup.
Chelsea last lifted this trophy under Antonio Conte in 2018. They have reached two finals since then but lost to Arsenal in 2020 and Leicester last season. Tuchel will be aiming to go one better in the current campaign, and a home tie against Chesterfield represents a gentle start to their FA Cup campaign.
James Rowe's men are currently top of the National League as they seek promotion back to League Two. Chesterfield's participation in this tournament began in the fourth qualifying round, where they thrashed Curzon Ashton 4-0. The Spireites then beat Carlisle United and Salford City to set up this hotly anticipated trip to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea will be without Edouard Mendy, who is in Cameroon to represent Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations. Thiago Silva and N'Golo Kante have returned positive Covid-19 tests, while Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz, Reece James, Trevoh Chalobah and Andreas Christensen are out injured.
Tuchel is likely to hand an opportunity to some of the fringe members of his squad. Saul Niguez and Malang Sarr could keep their places after featuring against Tottenham last time out, while Timo Werner is in line to start up front after a spell on the sidelines.
Kick-off is at 5.30pm GMT on Saturday 8 January. See below for international broadcast options.
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