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Match Day Moments - Derby (a) FA Cup

Chelsea takes to the road today for an FA Cup 3rd round tie against Derby County.

The FA Cup is a competition we have a decent record in and with the FA Cup Final now rightly restored to its familiar place at the end of the season, reaching Wembley is a fantastic climax and a wonderful day out.

Jose Mourinho has already spoken about how much the FA Cup means to him and the 'Special One` has promised to field a strong side against a Derby side who are flying high in the Championship.

But who will make the starting eleven? We know that Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic are both out injured but David Luiz is available after serving a one game suspension picked up for receiving five yellow cards.

So why not join us around 13:00 hours, ahead of the 14:14 (UK time) kick-off when we`ll be on hand to discuss the starting eleven, the possible tactics but most importantly of all - the action as it unfolds at Pride Park.

Hopefully, Chelsea can edge into round four and avoid the kind of giant-killing that befell Leeds United, Millwall and Aston Villa yesterday!

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The Journalist

Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 5 2014

Time: 11:01AM

Your Comments

Come on Lads!! Let's keep the good form going!! #COYB #ktbffh #PrideOfLondon
come on guys show them we are the #prideoflondon #ktbffh
Alozie Godfrey
I hope Derby won't pull a Blackburn Rovers on us today; haha.. just found out Man City fans have devised a new nickname for David Silva, they call him "Merlin", lol
HGH Magic
Ivan Rakitic is red hot right now. Assisting, scoring defending, leading Sevilla like a general. Just scored now. Another opportunity passing by us. sigh!!!!!! #DLPbust
Derby County ‏@dcfcofficial 3m #DCFCvCFC starting line-up: Grant (GK), Wisdom, Buxton, Keane, Forsyth, Eustace, Hughes, Hendrick, Dawkins, Ward, Martin #COYR @chelseafc
jeez our line up is never declared on time !!!lol!
#CFC 11: Schwarzer; Dave, Cahill, David Luiz, Cole; Essien (c), Mikel; Ramires, Oscar, Willian; Eto’o. #FACup..................................Substitutes v Derby: Cech, Kalas, Terry, Baker, Hazard, Mata, Torres. #CFC
No Mata, it's going to be another fun week ahead!! deary me!!
Quite entertaining to see West Ham crushed 5-0 by Nottingham Forest!
guess this is adios mata n kdb.
Blue Krusaders
KDB and Ba not even in line up. Seems like they will leave.
Stoke City awaits us in the next round....
If we wim we play stoke city @ home!!
wud have preferred baker instead of essien as essien cud be gone soon.
Blue Krusaders
COYB this a trophy we need to win starting from this game
Come on Chels, stick a smile on my face!
Derby manager Steve McClaren on BT Sport: "We are at home, it is a full house and it should be cracking atmosphere. We know playing against Chelsea it is going to be a very tough test but we are all looking forward to it."
Stoke it is at home if we get through today!
Ramires at RW. KDB? Schurrle?
ramires on the rw seems wasted me thinks...
dont u guys think without hazard we dont come to life? he lifts us.
Blue Krusaders
I'm yet to see anything from Eto'o since he arrived. Nothing like the player he once once. Also, I really don't get Rambo on the right wing. We're playing thre holding players..... Against Derby!!?
eto'o........ He didn't even shoot
*3 holding players!
Another one-on-one with the keeper missed by our centre forward. I'd love to see the stats, but does any top team miss as many one-on ones as us?
Don't think Schurrle is injured... Guess Jose is punishing him for being so poor midweek.
Eto is a ******** finished product....
must say mourinho can be called the dumb one today lol
Blue Krusaders
eto'o!! smh!!
Luiz never stops being childish.....
I see the moaners are out in force! Come on, get behind the lads!
nearly Ramires...
Oscar close!!
We need to be decisive here!! COYB!!!
Would people please stop thinking of a 4231 Ramires on the right. It is a 433 anytime we see those type of line ups.
Pavel Permiachkin
Rami hits post!!!!!!!!!!!
Ramires hits the post... End of first half
Good pressure and play last 5 mins or so. Need more in 2nd half and score.
Hey jose if you don't win today you need to be sacked we have to win every game possible or some us won't be happy! We are not allowed to concede goals jose, and we must play great football in every match! I know ie never even been to Stamford bridge but I will criticise as I see fit! I mean I'm not going to be like those real supporters at man city who saw there team draw to a lower table championship side and still clapped there team off! I'm going to criticize until we win every game we play! When we lose it's your fault jose! But when we win it's thanks to the players! I know I asked you to play Essien but it's your fault if Essien plays bad! Kind regards the most supportive fan ever! Ps is chelsea in london? I've never even been to England let alone chelsea
Mikel played well in a more advanced role.
Oscar close !!oh
Uhmm Marcel, I guess you need to be sacked yourself asap! LOLOL
HGH Magic
Eusebio has died
Captain Mikel. Let the complaints begin.
Captain Mikel. Let the complaints begin.
The Special One vs The Wally with a Brolly. Interesting match-up.
HGH Magic
Cole is finished.
Let the praises begin. Some people only see goals.
On his 300 appearance:mikel score whem he wants
f_v maybe you thought it was funny when you first started, but honestly do you thing after all this time same things from you over and over and over do you honestly think it is even funny at this point? It actually looks sad and disturbing, just letting you know and not looking for a debate.
Pavel Permiachkin
Captain Mikel showing "leadership on the pitch" there. Ok.
Mikel. Captain. Leader. Le...nvm.
Mikel. Captain. Leader. Le...nvm.
Ashley Cole is done.
Torres. Embarrassing stuff. That's bad.
The gods just don't like FT9. He does everything right,except the last touch. #Pray4Torres.
Mikel scored vs Derby County. His countrymen will want a statue of Mikel outside the Bridge now. lol.
The gods just don't like FT9. He does everything right,except the last touch. #Pray4Torres.
HGH Magic
i like torres better than eto'o.
Blue Krusaders
Good win lads.
Captain Mikel has scored more goals in 2014 than Ronaldo and Messi.... #goalmachine
BabaBlue Akpos
good win and derby county fought well, kudos to the lads and kudos to mourinho, we actually played well, but we need to stop being wasteful, with a good finisher, we'll be twice as deadly
Yay! Barca and RM should be submitting their bids soon.lmao.
Decent win, job done. Respect to derby. well played, great goals by Mikel (hell yeah!!) and Oscar and we could have had more if not for Derby keeper's heroics. Job done, On to next one.........
Nervy 1st half. Game changed once Ramires was taken off the wing. Why on earth is he still played there with all the AMs Chelsea have at their disposal? Good goal by Mikel. Oscar motm with Willian a close second.
It beggars believe @AD blue that Ramires stil plays as RW in a team split for choices in the attack. How on earth would mata and KDB bre on the bench and ramires with all his poor ball skills be on the wings. Why was he started in the first place? Are we saying that we can't win a game against Derby without the likes or Hazard, Willian, Oscar, and Ramires starting? I did not enjoy he game at all. lewis baker got 5 mins in which he did not touch the ball once why not give tuw guy 30 mins. What did Mourinho learnt about the guy in just 5 mins?
^Google that.
HGH Magic

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