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Chelsea will attempt to bounce back from Wembley heartache tonight as they face old foes Leeds United in the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge – and club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton detail all you need to know ahead of tonight’s game.

There is nothing quite like an ancient grudge match to revive the spirits and consign a painful disappointment to memory. Tonight’s meeting between Chelsea and Leeds United at Stamford Bridge presents such an opportunity.

It is the two clubs’ first meeting in the competition since the famously bruising 1970 final replay. The ‘Kings of the King’s Road’ defeated the ‘Pride of Yorkshire’ 2-1 after extra time that day to lift the trophy, and fate has since kept them apart in the FA Cup.

Of course, Chelsea and Leeds have faced off in the Premier League. The last meeting came under a year ago when the respective managers in the dugout were Graham Potter and Javi Gracia.

Chelsea came out victorious that day – Wesley Fofana scored the only goal of the game with a header – and tonight Chelsea have the chance to win a seventh consecutive home fixture against Leeds for the first time.

Both required a replay to reach this stage of the world’s oldest club competition. The Whites won 4-1 after extra time at Plymouth; Chelsea completed an impressive 3-1 victory over Aston Villa at Villa Park.

Tonight’s game must be settled on the night and both clubs will know the opposition that awaits them in the last eight with the draw taking place 30 minutes before kick-off at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues have won 12 of the previous 14 FA Cup fixtures that we have hosted and progressed from our last three fifth-round ties that were played between 2020 to 2022.

Leeds, meanwhile last ventured beyond round five 21 years ago and lost to our neighbours Fulham at this stage last season.

Chelsea team news
If Pochettino was minded to make changes after Sunday’s strenuous extra-time efforts at Wembley, his options have been further limited by the news that Christopher Nkunku is sidelined for up to four weeks.

Thiago Silva and Marc Cucurella are back in partial team training but are unlikely to return to the matchday squad while six other players are still undertaking their respective rehabilitation programmes.

Pochettino could opt to bring in senior figures that didn’t start at Wembley, such as the returning Trevoh Chalobah, Mykhailo Mudryk and Noni Madueke

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