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Chelsea get favorable draw for the FA Cup third round

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Having dropped out of the Capital One Cup and practically given up on defending the league title after collecting 15 points in 15 Premier League matches, Chelsea have had their fair share of bad luck this season. There is still silverware to be won with the FA Cup, however, and the Blues first opponent will be one of either Leyton Orient or Scunthorpe United.

The game will be played between 8 and 11 January at Stamford Bridge, with the deciding second round replay match between Leyton and Scunthorpe set to take place in December 15th. Leyton Orient have been part of the League Two this season, having eliminated Staines Town before facing Scunthorpe. Meanwhile, League One club Scunthorpe United beat Southend United in the cup's first round to progress in the competition. Following a drab 0-0 match, the sides will meet again for a replay at Scunthorpe's home stadium Glanford Park.

Chelsea have struggled to get a good run of form in their competitions but their record in the FA Cup is certainly something to take solace, even in a season as bad as the current one. Perhaps the Blues might mount a good challenge to pry the trophy away from Arsenal and back to its previous home at the West London club.

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