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The reward for a replay win in the last round is a midweek visit to Teesside. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton look at some fifth-round facts and figures…

Middlesbrough in the FA Cup. Di Matteo 43 seconds. Zola cavorting in a jester's hat. Matthew Harding remembered. A major trophy after 26 years without. The first fruits of the Chelsea revolution two years after it begun in 1995.

For the Boro fans the day reflected a sad swansong for an already relegated side, docked three points for an injudicious no-show at Christmas and beaten in both cup finals.

The clubs have been on different trajectories but Boro are vying for a return to the top flight and will sense the vulnerability of the Londoners, who have managed just five wins in 15 matches this year.

The Teessiders will also be aware that perhaps the last thing Chelsea want is a replay in this competition to be shoehorned into an already congested match schedule.

Frank Lampard's next game will be his 592nd, joining John Hollins as third all-time highest appearance-maker behind Ron Harris (795) and Peter Bonetti (729).

The last two emphatic victories aside, Teesside has often been an unhappy arena for the current champions of Europe. Boro will also draw strength from holding out against eventual winners Swansea from the Premier League until the 81st minute in the Capital One Cup this season.

Tottenham's rise above the Blues on Monday comes ahead of the north London derby at White Hart Lane on Sunday, while the day before Chelsea face a West Bromwich Albion side stripped of their top scorer, on-loan Blue Romelu Lukaku.

Both Chelsea's incumbent forwards are in need of a goal. Fernando Torres has not hit the net in six games and it is seven for the masked Demba Ba.

In that period the Blues' midfield has carried the goalscoring burden, with Frank Lampard netting four times, Juan Mata three, Eden Hazard and Oscar twice, and Marko Marin, Ramires and defender John Terry once apiece.

Chelsea v Wigan

A high level of intensity from the off might be in order too: the Blues have managed just two first-half strikes in the last nine matches. The FA Cup against a Championship side missing several players must offer the chance to rebuild confidence.

Middlesbrough themselves are in a trough. After the home win against Leeds on 12 February they occupied the lowest Championship play-off place with a degree of comfort. The four-point cushion was lost with three winless matches since and Gustavo Poyet's Brighton have overtaken them.

Over the first half of the season, 10 home wins from 13 had Teesside buzzing but after losing at home to Millwall last weekend they slipped out of the top six for the first time since October and promotion must be the club's first priority.

In fact that result against Leeds is the only victory for Tony Mowbray's side in nine league outings, seven of which have ended in defeat.

The FA Cup provided some respite in January but they arrived at this stage of the competition by beating first non-league Hastings, 4-1, then League Two strugglers Aldershot by the odd goal in three.

Describe in three words your reaction when Roberto Di Matteo scored against Middlesbrough at Wembley in 1997.  #CFCPMB

Boro have been waiting a month to play their third match in this competition while the busy Blues found a gap in the diary to dispense with Brentford.

The winners of this match will play Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday 10 March - the date Chelsea FC were founded in 1905.

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The game between Middlesbrough and Chelsea can be viewed in full on Chelsea TV at midnight. 

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Chelsea travelling to Cleveland in the FA Cup provokes memories of Wembley 1997 and that record-breaking early goal. What are the potential game-changers this evening?

Key battles
It is difficult to assess how Boro boss Tony Mowbray will approach this game because, as terrace critics charge, he constantly changes things round. He has countered that claim by pointing out that the same approach was successful in the first half of the season.

He seems to prefer a 4-4-1-1 formation but has used 4-5-1, 4-1-4-1 and 3-4-3 set-ups in the last few months. Injuries and the lack of success over recent weeks have contributed to him continually experimenting with his personnel and formations.

This evening, again, he will pick a side he thinks is right for this match rather than stick with a trusted formula. It is in defence that he has the most concerns - Millwall were able easily to exploit misunderstandings at the back to win 2-1 last weekend.

The Boro manager will hope experienced players such as centre-half Jonathan Woodgate are fit and ready, although he has a problem at right-back as Justin Hoyte and Stuart Parnaby are both injured.

Whoever plays wide left for Chelsea may see an opportunity to go at the temporary solution there, Nick Bailey, who is generally a midfielder. On the other flank George Friend likes to join the attack and the Blues will hope to exploit gaps between him and whoever plays centre-back tonight.

Also in doubt is the participation of Lukas Jutkiewicz, second-top scorer with eight goals behind former Celt Scott McDonald (10), who damaged his ankle in the 1-4 defeat by Palace.

Boro's is a young squad but peppered with Premier League experience. Midfielder Grant Leadbitter, who usually handles corners, has played Chelsea four times previously (for Sunderland) and was on the losing side each time.

His former and present teammate Julio Arca has better memories from his six matches against the Blues. He was part of the Mackems side that beat the Blues twice in 2000/01: a 1-0 at the Stadium of Light and a surprise 4-2 win at the Bridge. However the 32-year-old has to watch from the sidelines as he is recovering from a toe operation.

In the 1-2 defeat by Millwall at the Riverside Mowbray implemented a 4-3-3 with Chelsea's highly-rated youngster Josh McEachran in an unfamiliar deep-lying midfield role. Josh, who generally plays further forward, is ineligible for this evening's meeting.

Kieron Dyer (pictured below), more better known as a winger, played up front in the centre, dropping deep to bring wide men into play. Marvin Emnes, the striker who has netted once since October, was on the left, with 20-year-old goal threat Curtis Main, signed from Darlington, on the right.

Dyer and Ferreira

Whichever personnel are upfront for Boro they will face a Chelsea defence missing injured right-back Cesar Azpilicueta and virus victim Gary Cahill. That almost certainly means a return at the heart of defence for John Terry, who scored in the previous round of this competition against Brentford.

Most teams devise special measures to restrict supply to the influential Juan Mata, who can be such a threat on the edge of the area and has a fine goalscoring record in this competition.

With West Brom in the league looming, though, the creative burden may land on the shoulders of others. Oscar, Fernando Torres and Victor Moses began the game at Eastlands on the bench and may start tonight.

Torres and fellow forward Demba Ba will both look to tonight to end their personal goalless spells.

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Chelsea and Middlesbrough meet for the fourth occasion in the FA Cup and eighth in all cup competitions. Chelsea have won five of the ties.

The most celebrated was of course the final at Wembley May 1997. Some say it was all over the moment Roberto Di Matteo strode forward and thundered a shot in off the bar after 43 seconds. Others that the game was up when the two managers marched out and manager Ruud Gullit looked the picture of cool professionalism compared to his edgy-looking counterpart Bryan Robson.


Di Matteo's record-breaking hit settled nerves in our first FA Cup final for three years and Middlesbrough struggled to generate momentum with 31-goal Fabrizio Ravanelli going off injured early on.

Chelsea's forward line of Mark Hughes and Gianfranco Zola occasionally excelled, Dan Petrescu went close with a clever lob, but it was not until the Romanian chipped the ball to Zola, who brilliantly flicked back for Eddie Newton to convert, that the scoreline reflected the play.

Gianluca Festa and Mikkel Beck had both headed the ball in the net from an offside position to go closest for the northeasterners. Chelsea would not be denied and the celebrations on the Fulham Road were lengthy.

A first-half Mario Stanic goal at Stamford Bridge was enough to progress in our last FA Cup meeting, in the third round 10 years ago. Carlo Cudicini was incorrectly sent off in the 64th minute after Dean Windass had run into him. His suspension was later overturned by the FA.

Chelsea have won on our last two visits to the Riverside. It's over four years since our last trip to Teesside when we won 5-0 in October 2008 in the Premier League with goals from Salomon Kalou, Juliano Belletti, a David Wheater own goal, Frank Lampard and Florent Malouda.

Chelsea v Middlesbrough in the FA Cup
3rd round, 13 January 1993
Middlesbrough..………….2 Chelsea……………………...1
Wright 70                                Mohan og 68
Falconer 82
                  Att: 16,776

Final, 17 May 1997
Chelsea..…...…………….2 Middlesbrough.…………..0
Di Matteo 43 seconds
Newton 83
                  Att: 79,160

3rd round, 4 January 2003
Chelsea..…...…………….1 Middlesbrough.…………..0
Stanic 38
                  Att: 29,796

Other cup meetings
League Cup
1967/68 (2nd Rd) Ayresome Park Boro won 2-1
1970/71 (3rd Rd) Stamford Bridge Chelsea won 3-2
1997/98 (Final) Wembley Chelsea won 2-0
Zenith Data Systems Cup
1989/90 (Final) Wembley Chelsea won 1-0

Chelsea v Middlesbrough in all competitions
Games played 113
Chelsea wins 53
Boro wins 31
Draws 29

Biggest win at Middlesbrough for each team
Middlesbrough 0-5 Chelsea - 18/10/2008 (Premier League)
Middlesbrough 7-2 Chelsea - 16/12/1978 (Old Division One)

Chelsea were beaten by a second tier club in the FA Cup: 1,817
Boro beat a Premier League side in the FA Cup: 1,463
Arsenal won a trophy: 2,838
Liverpool won the league: 8,333

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Chelsea in the FA Cup
Winners: 1970, 1997, 2000, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012
Runners-up: 1915, 1967, 1994, 2002
Semi-finalists: 1911, 1920, 1932, 1950, 1952, 1965, 1966, 1996, 2006

Chelsea are unbeaten in 26 FA Cup matches in open play (excluding penalty shoot-outs). Our last defeat in the competition was at Barnsley five years ago in March 2008.

The Blues suffered our second away defeat at Manchester City in our last 12 away games in all competitions (seven wins, three draws, two defeats)

This is the 26th successive midweek that our players have either played for the club or been away on international duty. The last clear week all the players were at Cobham training was the last week of August, leading up to the Super Cup against Atlético Madrid.

Last 10 seasons in the FA Cup
2002/03 - Quarter-final
2003/04 - 5th round
2004/05 - 5th round
2005/06 - Semi-final
2006/07 - Winners
2007/08 - Quarter-final
2008/09 - Winners
2009/10 - Winners
2010/11 - 4th round
2011/12 - Winners

Last six results
Feb 2 Newcastle (a) L 2-3
Feb 9 Wigan (h) W 4-1
Feb 14 Sparta Prague (Europa League a) W 1-0
Feb 17 Brentford (FA Cup h) W 4-0
Feb 21 Sparta Prague (Europa League h) D 1-1
Feb 24 Manchester City (a) L 0-2


2012/13 scorers
Mata 17, Torres 15 (1 pen), Lampard 13 (5 pens), E Hazard 10 (2 pens), Oscar 9 (1 pen), Cahill 6, Ivanovic 6, Ramires 6, Moses 5, D Luiz 4 (2 pens), Ba 3, Bertrand 2, Sturridge 2, Terry 2, Cole 1, Marin 1, Romeu 1 (pen), own goals 3. Total 106.

Chelsea's next three games
Sat 2 Mar West Brom home 3pm
Thu 7 Mar Steaua Bucharest (Europa Lge rd of 16) away 6pm UK time
Sun 10 Mar Fulham away or Manchester United (FA Cup QF a) away 1.30pm or 4.30pm

Frank Lampard needs one goal to reach 200 goals for Chelsea and three to equal our all-time top scorer Bobby Tambling.

If selected Frank will make his 50th start for Chelsea in the FA Cup.

Juan Mata's next appearance will be his 100th for the Blues.

Formed 1876

Middlesbrough in the FA Cup
Runners-up: 1996/97
Semi-finals: 2001/02, 2005/06

This season's FA Cup campaign
Jan 5 (3) Hastings United (h) W 4-1
Jan 26 (4) Aldershot Town (h) W 2-1

FA Cup scorers
Jutkiewicz 2, Zemmama 2, Halliday 1, Miller 1. Total 6.

Middlesbrough have won one of their last nine FA Cup games against top-flight opposition.

Boro's recent FA Cup matches against Premier League opposition
2011/12 R4 rep Sunderland (h) L 1-2 aet
R4 Sunderland (a) D 1-1
2009/10 R3 Manchester City (h) L 0-1
2008/09 QF Everton (a) L 1-2
R5 Rep West Ham (h) W 2-0
R5 West Ham (a) D 1-1
2006/07 QF Rep Manchester United (a) L 0-1
QF Manchester United (h) D 2-2
2005/06 SF West Ham (Villa Park) L 0-1
QF rep Charlton (h) W 4-2
QF Charlton (a) D 0-0

Boro dropped out of the Championship top six for the first time since October after losing at home to Millwall on Saturday.

The Riverside has a capacity of just under 35,000 with an average in the Championship this term of 17,500.

Boro have won 13 of their 19 home games this season in league and cup but have lost two of their last three.

On loan Josh McEachran has played in 30 of Boro's 41 league and cup games this season; 29 from the start. He cannot play tonight.

Last 10 seasons in the FA Cup
2002/03 - 3rd round
2003/04 - 4th round
2004/05 - 4th round
2005/06 - semi-final
2006/07 - quarter-final
2007/08 - quarter-final
2008/09 - quarter-final
2009/10 - 3rd round
2010/11 - 3rd round
2011/12 - 4th round

Manager Tony Mowbray
Days in charge: 855
Played 127
Won 57
Drawn 29
Lost 41



Last six results
Feb 2 Ipswich (a) L 0-4
Feb 9 Barnsley (h) L 2-3
Feb 12 Leeds (h) W 1-0
Feb 16 Crystal Palace (a) L 1-4
Feb 19 Burnley (a) D 0-0
Feb 23 Millwall (h) L 1-2

2012/13 scorers
McDonald 11, Jutkiewicz 10, Miller 6, Emnes 5 (2 pens), Haroun 4, Ledesma 4, Zemmama 4, Carayol 3, Main 3, Smallwood 3, Bailey 2, Reach 2, L Williams 2, Bikey 1, Halliday 1, Hines 1, Hoyte 1, Leadbitter 1, Park 1, Woodgate 1. Total 66


League One top six
Pld Gd Pts
1 Cardiff 33 +21 70
2 Watford 34 +25 62
3 Hull 34 +9 62
4 Crystal Palace 34 +18 58
5 Leicester 33 +28 57
6 Brighton 33 +12 52
7 Middlesbrough 34 0 51
8 Nottm Forest 34 +3 48


The referee is Martin Atkinson. This will be his third Chelsea game this season and the first outside London; two of them were wins over Arsenal, the other the defeat at West Ham. His most recent Boro game was a 1-0 home win over Blackburn on Boxing Day.

There are no suspensions.

Josh McEachran and Sammy Ameobi are ineligible due to the terms of their loan.

David Luiz and Ramires are two bookings away from a two-match domestic ban for reaching 10 yellow cards before the second Sunday of April.

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Middlesbrough v Chelsea


  • 1
    Jason Steele
  • 10
    Nicky Bailey
  • 6
    Stephen McManus
  • 3
    Andre Bikey Substitution
  • 4
    George Friend
  • 19
    Mustapha Carayol Substitution
  • 7
    Grant Leadbitter
  • 14
    Rhys Williams
  • 38
    Faris Haroun
  • 23
    Curtis Main Substitution
  • 27
    Scott McDonald


  • 5
    Merouane Zemmama Substitution
  • 9
    Marvin Emnes
  • 15
    Seb Hines Substitution
  • 32
    Jayson Leutwiler
  • 33
    Richard Smallwood
  • 11
    Emmanuel Ledesma
  • 30
    Ishmael Miller Substitution
Shots on Target
Shots off Target
Most fouls
Yellow Cards
Red Cards


  • 1
    Petr Cech
  • 19
    Paulo Ferreira
  • 2
    Branislav Ivanovic
  • 26
    John Terry
  • 34
    Ryan Bertrand
  • 57
    Nathan Ake
  • 7
    Nascimento Ramires
  • 13
    Substitution Victor Moses
  • 11
    Substitution Emboaba Oscar
  • 30
    Substitution Yossi Benayoun
  • 9
    Fernando Torres


  • 17
    Substitution Eden Hazard
  • 21
    Substitution Marko Marin
  • 4
    Substitution David Luiz
  • 8
    Frank Lampard
  • 22
    Ross Turnbull
  • 3
    Ashley Cole
  • 29
    Demba Ba


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Chelsea march on into the FA Cup quarter-finals courtesy of a hard-fought 2-0 win at the Riverside Stadium.

After a slow first half with few chances at either end, Ramires gave us the lead five minutes after the break when his strike deflected off Fernando Torres and beat the despairing dive of Jason Steele in the Middlesbrough goal.

Torres then missed two good chances to put the game out of sight, before Victor Moses scored our second after excellent build-up play from the substitute Eden Hazard.

A trip to take on Manchester United at Old Trafford a week on Sunday now awaits, and given our recent record in the competition, supporters will head to the north west in optimistic mood.

Team news
Rafael Benitez made a host of changes for our first visit to the Riverside Stadium since 2008.

Branislav Ivanovic was the only defender to keep his place in the side from Sunday's defeat at Manchester City, with John Terry, Paulo Ferreira and Ryan Bertrand coming into the side. Gary Cahill was suffering with a virus, while Cesar Azpilicueta had a pain in his leg.

Young Dutchman Nathan Ake, meanwhile, was handed his full debut in midfield alongside Ramires, while there was also a rare start for Yossi Benayoun.

In attack, Torres, a late substitute at the weekend, was given the nod ahead of Demba Ba.

Josh McEachran, currently on loan at Middlesbrough from the Blues, was ineligible, while Tony Mowbray was shorn of the services of both Jonathan Woodgate and Kieron Dyer through injury.

First half
With both sides having been beaten at the weekend, starting the game well was imperative, and it was the Blues who threatened first.

Ramires picked the ball up from Terry, before evading two challenges and feeding Oscar to his right; the Brazilian attempted to pick out Torres in the six-yard box but his cross, while dangerous, had slightly too much pace on it for the striker.

The Blues were looking threatening in the final third early on, and shortly after Torres had fired across the face of the goal we should have taken the lead.

Moses displayed a wonderful combination of pace and power down the right-hand side, easing past George Friend, before pulling his ball back into the path of Oscar, who had made a lung-busting run from deep, but with no time to adjust his footing, the shot was comfortable for Steele to deal with.

The home supporters had turned up in large numbers for what was arguably Middlesbrough's biggest game of the season so far, but with Terry back in the side, and marshalling our defence in his trademark manner, they had little to cheer in the opening 20 minutes.

Middlesbrough v Chelsea

Their first attempt on goal, however, was a serious one. Faris Haroun, who had started on the left wing before switching to the right, did well to hold off both Bertrand and Ake, and as he crossed into the penalty area Scott McDonald, the smallest player on the pitch, powered his header inches past Petr Cech's post.

After a positive opening spell, we'd tailed off, and the Championship side were beginning to see more of the ball.

Cech was then forced into his first real save of the night low down from a powerful strike by Mustapha Carayol, and the Chelsea goalkeeper was grateful to see Terry clear the danger after he struggled to hold the initial shot.

As the players headed back inside at the break, Benitez had plenty to ponder.

Second half
Both managers opted against making any changes to personnel at half-time, and five minutes into the second half we finally made the breakthrough.

Oscar's cross from the right was cleared away, and as the ball fell to Ramires, he fired towards goal; the ball took a wicked deflection off Torres and flew into the top corner of the net, giving Steele no chance.

Middlesbrough v Chelsea

It was a goal which sparked us into life, and barely a minute later Torres should have scored again, dragging his shot agonisingly wide of Steele's post after being put clean through.

The Blues were beginning to take control of the game, and moments later the Spaniard again beat the offside trap, but again the home side breathed a sigh of relief as Torres' strike flew inches over the bar.

Just before the hour mark Benitez freshened up our attack, introducing Hazard at the expense of Benayoun.

The Belgian took up his familiar position out wide on the left, and he was unfortunate not to double our advantage with a sweet curling effort after linking up well with Ramires.

Hazard was causing Mowbray's side all manner of problems, and it was from another fine run from by the substitute that we went 2-0 up with 17 minutes remaining.

After picking the ball up deep inside the Middlesbrough half, Hazard drove into the penalty area, exchanging passes with Moses before lifting the ball over Steele for Moses to roll into an empty net.

Middlesbrough v Chelsea

It was to prove the Nigerian's final contribution as he was replaced by David Luiz, while Benitez made his final change of the night shortly after, replacing Oscar with Marko Marin.

Middlesbrough, to their credit, refused to cave in, and they went close twice in quick succession, first from a Stephen McManus header and then from a Carayol volley which beat Cech but sailed over the bar.

Chelsea saw the game out safely, however, and our unbeaten FA Cup record in open play now stretches to 27 matches.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ferreira, Ivanovic, Terry (c), Bertrand; Ramires, Ake; Moses (David Luiz 75), Oscar (Marin 79), Benayoun (Hazard 58); Torres.
Unused substitutes: Turnbull, Cole, Lampard, Ba.
Scorers Ramires 50, Moses 72

Middlesbrough (4-4-2): Steele; Bailey, Bikey (Hines 35), McManus, Friend; Haroun, R Williams (c), Leadbitter, Carayol (Zemmama 73); Main (Miller 62), McDonald.
Unused substitutes: Leutwiler, Emnes, Ledesma, Smallwood.
Booked McManus 74, Bailey 86

Referee Martin Atkinson


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