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Chelsea's FA Cup 3rd round opposition set

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When the draw for the FA Cup 3rd round was made last week, Chelsea did not get to find out exactly which team we would be facing in early January.  We did get it narrowed down to just two, Scunthorpe United or Leyton Orient.  The two League One sides played out their 2nd replay on yesterday, and the winner was...

Scunthorpe United!  Congrats to them for setting up a rematch of the 2005 FA Cup 3rd round, when Chelsea won 3-1 (goals from Kezman, Gudjohnsen, and Own Goal canceled out the visitors' shock opener).

Tuesday's 3-0 win was their first in four matches, and just their second in seven, but the way Chelsea's season is going, a repeat of the Bradford City debacle from last winter couldn't possibly be ruled out at this point, could it?

"It's magnificent. To go to Stamford Bridge in January, it's on TV as well, so we can start thinking about that. It's brilliant, because revenue for the club is massively important. As a player, you are looking to play against the best players."

"We've got to go there and enjoy the experience and you never know; it's the FA Cup. It's almost a free game as you're expected to lose because let's face it they have world class players and the best manager in the world who has won unbelievable amounts of things. He's someone every manager aspires to be like, so hopefully some of that rubs off on me (laughs)."

-Mark Robins, manager; source: Scunthorpe United

So, Chelsea vs. Scunthorpe United, Sunday, January 10 at 14:00 local time.  Something to look forward to maybe.