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Chelsea vs Leeds – FA Cup fifth round: Blues aim to recover from Wembley heartbreak against Championship side

Chelsea is set to face Championship high flyers Leeds in the FA Cup fifth round on Wednesday night.

After a heartbreaking 1-0 defeat to Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final, the Blues are eager to bounce back in their upcoming clash against Daniel Farke's Leeds side.

Chelsea's Recent Form

In their last FA Cup match, Chelsea secured a 3-1 victory against Aston Villa, showcasing their strength on the field. However, they face a tough challenge against Leeds, who have been on a remarkable winning streak.

Leeds recently defeated Championship leaders Leicester 3-1, marking their ninth consecutive league win and boosting their chances of returning to the Premier League.

Chelsea and Leeds have a history of intense matches, with Chelsea narrowly winning their most recent encounter but falling to a 3-0 defeat in a previous game.

Team News

Chelsea is expected to make changes following their exhausting match against Liverpool. Players like Trevoh Chalobah and Christopher Nkunku could feature in the starting lineup.

Leeds may see adjustments in their lineup as well, with players like Dan James and Patrick Bamford potentially stepping in. However, they will be without key players due to injuries.

Players to Watch

Cole Palmer of Chelsea and Crysencio Summerville of Leeds are players to keep an eye on in this upcoming FA Cup clash, with both having impressive goal-scoring records this season.

Match Details

  • The Chelsea vs Leeds match will take place on Wednesday, February 28, at 7.30 pm GMT at Stamford Bridge.

How to Watch

  • UK viewers can watch the game on ITV4 or stream it for free on the ITVX app.
  • Alternatively, follow SunSport's live blog for updates on the match.

Match Odds

  • Chelsea – 4/7
  • Draw – 16/5
  • Leeds – 9/2

*Odds provided by Ladbrokes at the time of publication.

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