Chelsea have reached the quarterfinals of the FA Cup for the second successive season, beating Peterborough United of League One and Championship sides Brentford and Wolverhampton Wanderers along the way in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th rounds, respectively. But now we start referring to the rounds by name rather than number. Now it’s the big time.
We could’ve gotten lucky with a draw against Lincoln City, who are the first non-league side to make the quarterfinals since 1914. But another showdown against Manchester United (and of course Jose Mourinho) will have to do instead, this time at the stage of the competition where our run ended last season (in a 2-0 defeat at Everton).
The quarterfinal draw, in full:
Chelsea vs. Manchester United
Middlesbrough vs. Manchester City OR Huddersfield Town
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Millwall
Sutton United OR Arsenal vs. Lincoln City
Chelsea vs. United is undoubtedly the tie of the round, though at this stage all games are televised regardless. The exact date and time is yet to be confirmed — could depend on whether United have to play Europa League the Thursday before and after — but matches will be played the weekend of March 11-12, which means that Chelsea’s game against Watford, currently set for Monday, March 13, will have to be rescheduled.
MUFC have won twice at Chelsea in 15 years, and one of them was against nine men with an offside goal. Bogiest ground around.— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) February 19, 2017