Neither Chelsea nor Newcastle United are exactly in stellar form these days, but form tends to go out the window when it comes latter-stage Cup competitions, and especially when the trophy is starting to come into focus.
The winners of this matchup should have a great opportunity to get that trophy, with only Liverpool remaining in the last-eight from among the Premier League’s heaviest-hitters.
This match however comes on short turnaround (for both teams), which will test depth (for both teams) and fitness levels (for both teams) in an injury-hit squad (for both teams).
On the plus side, we have no new injuries from Saturday’s encounter, and both Malo Gusto and Christopher Nkunku were on the bench, with the former making a late cameo and the latter getting as far as a few warm-up exercise.
With Marc Cucurella now also sidelined for a few months, finding fresh legs at full back could be an interesting challenge. He joins usual suspects Ben Chilwell, Reece James, Wesley Fofana, Roméo Lavia, Lesley Ugochukwu, Carney Chukwuemeka, and Trevoh Chalobah on the sidelines, with Robert Sánchez also in there for the next few weeks.