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birmingham.gifchelsea_logo_4002.jpgPon De Replay. Chelsea and Birmingham will trade pleasantries today in a rematch of the season opener. Those Blues provided quite a test for these Blues in a 3-2 decision on Aug. 12 2007 -- The Bison claiming all three points for Chelsea in the 50th minute.

This time may prove even trickier. Brum has shown tenaciousness against the top four clubs, the latest a 1-1 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates. A week earlier, Birmingham were unlucky not to have taken something away from Old Trafford. With that being said, Brum has never defeated Chelsea in the Premier League, a run of 10 games.

Drogba's BFF, Nicolas Anelka, should start his first game for Chelsea. Frank Lampard is training but it seems unlikely he'll be included in today's squad. Sheva, who is yearning for Meeelan, and "England's Brave" John Terry continue their extended spells in the mental ward.

Fresh signing James McFadden is unavailable for Alex McCleish, not that anyone really cares.

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Rob Styles is referee for the match, which means only one thing -- COLOR. Styles has shown 64 cards, 6 red, in 16 matches this season. He threw five yellows at Chelsea in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool.