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Chelsea VS Plymouth Argyle Final – LIVE Football Reddit Score 5 Feb 2022

Chelsea VS Plymouth Argyle Final – LIVE Football Reddit Score 5 Feb 2022

League One side Plymouth Argyle travel to west London on Saturday morning dreaming of what would be a remarkable cup upset against European champions Chelsea, the first meeting between these two clubs in 85 years. Saturday’s game begins a hectic run of games across six competitions for the Blues, who fly out to Abu Dhabi next week for the FIFA Club World Cup before the Champions League round of 16 and EFL Cup final later this month.

Chelsea: With such a momentous fixture list ahead of him, Tuchel may well opt to heavily rotate his side at Stamford Bridge though he may be able to use center backs Trevoh Chalobah and Andreas Christensen, who have used the past fortnight to recover from injuries sustained before the international break. Though the coming weeks look daunting, Thomas Tuchel’s side have at least been able to recover their energy reserves during the international break, a period where Plymouth took four points from away games at Fleetwood Town and Doncaster as they bid for a playoff berth in League One.

Two of the trio of Chelsea first teamers playing for their countries during that period may well be held in reserve, though Tuchel revealed that Christian Pulisic will not be in line for any minutes as returns from Concacaf qualifiers. Thiago Silva is more likely to be rested while Edouard Mendy is unavailable; he has an Africa Cup of Nations final to prepare for.

Plymouth: A cup tie at Stamford Bridge will be a surreal moment for many associated with the Pilgrims, not least manager Steven Schumacher, just two months into his first managerial job after former boss Ryan Lowe quit for Preston. “It’s mad,” he said. “My mate, who I worked with at Everton’s academy, texted me as soon as we beat Birmingham City [in the third round] and we got the draw on the Sunday and said ‘You’re going from managing Everton under-11s to playing against the champions of Europe in four years!’

Event details:
NAME: Chelsea – Plymouth Argyle
DATE: 5 Feb 2022
TIME: 12:30 UTC
VENUE: Stamford Bridge, London, England

 

Hakim Ziyech’s Chelsea career has been rather hit-and-miss so far, but the former Ajax man – who was snubbed by Morocco for an Africa Cup of Nations call-up – displayed his best qualities at Stamford Bridge to help his side sink London rivals Tottenham Hotspur again.

Ziyech’s stunning left-footed opener left Hugo Lloris rooted to the spot as the Spurs keeper could do nothing more than watch the ball sail into the top corner, and his strike preceded a header from the veteran Thiago Silva as Chelsea kept their fleeting title hopes alive.

It will be a tall order for the third-placed Blues to seriously challenge Manchester City for the Premier League crown now – with the reigning champions 10 points clear with a game in hand – but Tuchel’s men will certainly be determined to go one better in the FA Cup this season.

Chelsea surprised some with the strength of their line-up to welcome non-league Chesterfield to Stamford Bridge in the third round, but it paid dividends as the European champions ran out comfortable 5-1 winners on the day, and not since the 2014-15 season have the Blues exited in the fourth round – Bradford City will still ring an unwelcome bell for some supporters.

The 2-0 victory over Spurs before the international break represents Chelsea’s only win from their last three heading into this battle, but they are on a 14-game unbeaten streak at Stamford Bridge and are not in any sort of mood to become victims of a famous giant killing.

The FA Cup fourth round continues on Saturday, with twelve games on show on the day. The action begins in London, with Chelsea playing hosts to Plymouth Argyle at Stamford Bridge in the lunch-time kick-off. Chelsea entered the FA Cup in the third round, with their campaign starting with a straightforward 5-1 win over Chesterfield FC. But the Blues are going through a sub-par patch of form, winning just four of their last eight games across all competitions. Thomas Tuchel’s men did bounce back to winning ways before the international break, beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Plymouth Argyle’s FA Cup campaign began in the first round, and they needed a first round replay to beat Sheffield Wednesday. In the next two stages, the Pilgrims got past Rochdale AFC and Birmingham FC to set up a fourth round date with Chelsea. Steven Schumacher’s men have blown hot and cold since the turn of the year, winning just two and losing two of their five outings. Chelsea beat Plymouth Argyle 1-0 the last time the clubs locked horns with each other. Ahead of the latest meeting between the two sides, The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at the FA Cup fourth round encounter.

The international break has given Thomas Tuchel enough time to get some of his players back at his disposal. On Saturday, the Chelsea manager will be bereft of the services of only five first-team players due to fitness issues or other problems.

Edouard Mendy remains unavailable due to his ongoing participation at the Africa Cup of Nations. The Senegalese goalkeeper will be a part of the final against Egypt, meaning he will only return for Chelsea’s Club World Cup campaign next week. Reece James (hamstring), Ben Chilwell (knee) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (knock) are the other absentees against Plymouth Argyle.

In James and Chilwell’s continued absence, Tuchel’s wing-back options continue to be restricted. And the Chelsea boss could use the game against Plymouth Argyle to give some fringe players and youngsters opportunities to impress, even though he chose not to do so in the FA Cup third round tie versus Chesterfield.

With that in mind, Kenedy could get deployed as the left wing-back, with Cesar Azpilicueta likely to start on the right flank. The two wing-backs will flank Saul Niguez and Mateo Kovacic, with the former getting a chance to make an impression.

The New Year has not led to a new sense of defensive stability for this inconsistent Plymouth Argyle outfit, who were at risk of ending the month of January with zero League One wins to their name before a trip to basement side Doncaster Rovers presented itself.

Steven Schumacher’s men saw their futile hopes of keeping a clean sheet extinguished within 10 minutes courtesy of Branden Horton’s opener, but Luke Jephcott, Joe Edwards and Jordon Garrick responded for the Home Park outfit to keep them in the playoff conversation.

Only three points now separate Argyle from the top-six spots – with Schumacher’s men boasting a game in hand on every side in the playoff places – and they are no stranger to seeing off sides in higher divisions in the FA Cup, beating Championship outfit Birmingham 1-0 in the last round.

Not since the 2006-07 campaign have Argyle managed to progress past the fourth round of the FA Cup, and having conceded 10 goals in their last four games, Schumacher will be wary of Chelsea’s potent attackers enjoying a field day here.

Saturday’s meeting will mark the first clash between Chelsea and Argyle since the Blues ran out 1-0 winners in the 1988-89 second division, and the League One side have won a mere two games from 17 contests with the European champions in all tournaments – a paltry tally that is unlikely to be improved in the capital.

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