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FA Cup: Chelsea have no problem with Middlesborough

Manchester United will host Chelsea in a massive FA Cup quarterfinal tie, following the Blues' win over Middlesborough on Wednesday.

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Chelsea down Boro easily

An absolutely horrible first half gave way to a very solid second half performance for Chelsea, who had no problem dispatching of Middlesborough.


Rafa trying to avoid FA Cup elimination at Boro

The Rafa Benitez Comedy Show is back, this time in FA Cup form as Chelsea take on Middlesbrough at Riverside Stadium, where things could get much worse for Benitez. If he thinks the heat is on now, it will only get hotter with a FA Cup loss to the seventh place team in the Championship that ends any chance of the Blues salvaging their season with a trophy.

Benitez isn't putting too much emphasis on the match, though. He has turned to a handful of reserves like Paulo Ferreira, Ryan Bertrand, Nathan Ake and Yossi Benayoun, but he is starting Fernando Torres so all will be okay.

Middlesbrough: Jason Steele, Nicky Bailey, George Friend, Stephen McManus, Andre Bikey, Rhys Williams, Faris Haroun, Grant Leadbitter, Scott McDonald, Curtis Main, Mustapha Carayol

Chelsea: Petr Cech, Paulo Ferreira, Branoslav Ivanovic, John Terry, Ryan Bertrand, Nathan Ake, Ramires, Victor Moses, Oscar, Yossi Benayoun, Fernando Torres


Chelsea look to avoid upset against Middlesbrough

Chelsea travel to Middlesbrough as they remain in the hunt for silverware in an otherwise forgettable season.


Oldham adventure ends as Toffee go through

Everton have advanced to the quarterfinals of the FA Cup after beating Oldham Athletic 3-1 through goals from Kevin Mirallas, Leighton Baines and Leon Osman.


Everton and Chelsea out to avoid upsets

Everton and Chelsea will both be glad of the chance to win some silverware, but cannot afford to ignore the league as they take on lower-league opposition in Oldham and Middlesbrough.


United beat Royals to advance to quarterfinals

Reading put up a fight at Old Trafford in the fifth round of the FA Cup, but a slightly below-par Manchester United team were still too strong for the visitors, who were dispatched 2-1.


Wigan make light work of Huddersfield

Wigan secured a comfortable win away at Huddersfield Town despite naming a weakened side, with Arouna Kone bagging a brace to help sink the Terriers.


FA Cup quarterfinal draw complete

Manchester United and Chelsea could face each other in the quarterfinal of the FA Cup, provided they win their fifth round matches.


City annihiliate Leeds 4-0 at Etihad

If anyone thought that Leeds were going to repeat Blackburn's Saturday heroics, they were wrong. Incredibly, hilariously wrong.


Mata stars as Chelsea ease past Brentford

Four second-half goals from Chelsea gave them a comfortable win over a lacklustre Brentford, with Juan Mata, Oscar, Frank Lampard and John Terry getting the goals.


Manchester City vs. Leeds United: Lineups

Joe Hart is dropped for Manchester City as they face Leeds United at the Etihad Stadium in the FA Cup.

The keeper has made a series of mistakes recently, but whether he has been dropped for poor performance or merely rested remains to be seen. Nonetheless, Costel Pantilimon comes in to replace him, with Kolo Toure, Aleksandar Kolarov, and Javi Garcia all also making starts for the Citizens.

Leeds United, meanwhile, opt for a 4-3-3 with El-Hadji Diouf, Ross McCormack and Luke Varney up front. Michael Brown and Rodolph Austin are included in a tough midfield as they look to disrupt the flow of their hosts.

Manchester City (4-3-3): Costel Pantilimon; Pablo Zabaleta, Kolo Toure, Matija Nastasic, Aleksandar Kolarov; YayaToure, Javi Garcia, James Milner; Carlos Tevez, David Silva, Sergio Aguero.

Leeds United (4-3-3): Jamie Ashdown; Sam Byram, Tom Lees, Lee Peltier, Stephen Warnock; Aidy White, Michael Brown, Rodolph Austin; Luke Varney, El-Hadji Diouf, Ross McCormack.


Oldham earn replay after bizarre match

Oldham had knocked out Liverpool in the 4th round of the FA Cup, and they managed a miracle comeback against Everton and Boundary Park, drawing 2-2 and ensuring that their cap adventure doesn't end just yet.


Rovers give Arsenal another humiliating cup exit

Blackburn Rovers achieved a massive upset after Colin Kazim-Richards' strike gave them a remarkable 1-0 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.


Millwall overpower Luton to reach quarter-finals

Millwall had no problem in overcoming their underdog rivals Luton Town in the FA Cup early kick-off as James Henry, Rob Hulse and Dany N'Guessan scored to give them an easy win.

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