After the once again massively exciting FA Cup draw organized by our lovely friends from the FA (with help of the charming and certainly not boring Michael Owen), Chelsea have been drawn away to Leicester City for the second time in a cup competition in the past two years.
The East Midlands team will play against the Blues for the third time this season, Chelsea winning the away tie 2-1 and recently drawing the home one against a 10-man Leicester, the latter constituting a game some of us might have already successfully suppressed. Last year's game between Chelsea and Leicester City in the third round of the EFL Cup ended 4-2 after extra-time, Cesc Fabregas providing two late, late goals to send us to the next round. While City might not be the toughest opponents on paper, they certainly pose a greater threat and a more challenging task than a more favourable draw would have provided, as the Leicester team have been giving the top 5 (not including Arsenal) quite a good run for their money this year.
The FA cup game will most presumably be held a few days after the return tie against Barcelona in Spain, one can therefore once again expect a fair bit of rotation, giving chances to the likes of Hudson-Odoi and Ampadu seems highly likely, especially after astute performances such as those yesterday.
For the sake of completeness, Manchester United will be facing the lovely Brighton and Hove Albion, Spurs will go up against League One opponents AFC Rochdale, and either (Premier League killers) Wigan or Manchester City are to play Southampton.
Let's hope our game against Leicester will result in more goals than the tie at Stamford Bridge in January. The match will be played after the second leg of the Barcelona Champions League Round of 16 tie, on the weekend of March 17. The currently scheduled Burnely away match will be moved to a date determined in due time.