[Teams] Chelsea vs Birmingham: Bertrand Starts, Drogba On Bench

By on February 18, 2012

Chelsea entertain Championship side Birmingham City at Stamford Bridge today in their FA Cup fifth round tie, and we have the teams for you.

Andre Villas-Boas will be desperate for a win to ease the pressure after a run of poor recent results, but will face a stubborn and well organised Birmingham side.

Didier Drogba and Soloman Kalou return to the bench after completing their African Cup of Nations duties with Ivory Coast, Fernando Torres, Daniel Strurridge and Juan Mata continue as the front three.

January signing Gary Cahill starts alongside David Luiz in the absence of captain John Terry, while youngster Ryan Bertrand is given his chance at left back with Ashley Cole out injured. Here are the confirmed line-ups:

Chelsea Team

Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Bertrand; Ramires, Mikel, Meireles; Sturridge, Torres, Mata.

SUBS: Hilario, Bosingwa, Essien, Lampard, Malouda, Kalou, Drogba.

Birmingham Team

Doyle; Carr, Davies, Ibanez, Murphy; Redmond, Mutch, Fahey, Gomis, Elliott; Rooney.

SUBS: Butland, Caldwell, Spector, Burke, Reilly, Asante, Jervis.

We’ll have video highlights from the game up shortly after the final whistle, so check back later.


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