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FA Cup: Chelsea and Spurs seek redemption against Birmingham and Stevenage

March 5, 2012 By Angela Asante
Chelsea and Spurs had a rather bad weekend in the English Premier League. They now face the option of improving or hurting their morale in midweek through some FA Cup replay action.

Chelsea are merged into confusion. Their first game without Andre Villas-Boas will be an FA Cup replay against Birmingham City.March 6, 2012: Birmingham City vs Chelsea

Everyone’s talking about it. It’s impossible to analyse issues at Chelsea without mentioning the sack of Andre Villas-Boas. The Portuguese manager was on a three-year contract but his spell at the club suffered a brutal end on Sunday, March 5.

Under AVB, the Blues failed to defeat Birmingham City at Stamford Bridge. Murphy stunned the home crowd with a goal in the 20th minute and Daniel Sturridge replied with a second half strike. However, Chelsea lacked efficiency on the pitch. The Blues will therefore engage in a replay on Tuesday night with FA Cup quarter-final tickets at stake.

 

The relationship between Roberto di Matteo and Chelsea’s players will be exhibited at St Andrew’s. The 2011/12 FA Cup presents the Blues with their last realistic chance of winning silverware. The Birmingham City match will help define if the timing of Andre Villas-Boas’ sacking was actually perfect.

March 7, 2012: Tottenham Hotspur vs Stevenage

Fans want to believe that Spurs are not losing it even if distraction surrounds England coaching job favourite Harry Redknapp. The London contenders fell 3-1 to Manchester United on Sunday. This defeat, which follows the 5-2 meltdown at Arsenal, has affected the momentum at White Harry Redknapp's link with the English national team could hurt Spurs.Hart Lane.

While Tottenham Hotspur are looking to secure the third and last automatic Champions League spot in the English Premier League, Arsenal are making a late resurgence. As of now, success in the 2011/12 is not guaranteed for Spurs at this stage.

What is important for Redknapp and his men is to bounce back and hold on until the end of the marathon. Tottenham Hotspur will test their strength against Stevenage on Wednesday night. The FA Cup contestants drew blank at Broadhall Way in front of a very small crowd.

In this FA Cup Fifth Round replay, the White Hart Lane stadium is expected to provide Spurs with great fan support. Underdogs Stevenage will try to condemn the hosts to an upset. The winners of this game will affront Bolton Wanderers on March 17 in the quarter-finals of the 2011/12 FA Cup.

2011/12 FA Cup quarter-final fixtures

Meanwhile, two line ups are already identified. Everton and Sunderland will clash at Goodison Park while Liverpool will host Stoke City in what promises to be a tight encounter. Chelsea or Birmingham City will have the honour of being in the comfort of their home against Leicester City on March 18.

March 17, 2012: Everton vs Sunderland
March 18, 2012: Liverpool vs Stoke City

 




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