MK Dons v Chelsea FA Cup team news and stats

Date published: Friday 29th January 2016 12:57

Eden Hazard: Could start against MK Dons

Eden Hazard: Could start against MK Dons

Chelsea are unbeaten in eight games as they face MK Dons for the first time in their history in Sunday’s FA Cup fourth-round tie at stadium:MK (4pm).

Team news

Striker Nicky Maynard (hamstring) is a major doubt, while Matthew Upson (hamstring), Ben Reeves (thigh) and Carl Baker (ankle) are out.

George Baldock has returned following his loan spell at Oxford, but is cup-tied after featuring in their win over Swansea.

Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard could start for the first time in four weeks.

Diego Costa is fit to feature despite suffering a knee problem in last week’s Premier League win at Arsenal, but fellow striker Loic Remy (calf) is a doubt.

Striker Radamel Falcao (thigh) remains out and imminent deals for Alexandre Pato and Matt Miazga are unlikely to be completed in time for them to feature.

Opta stats

This will be the first meeting between these two sides in a competitive match.

Chelsea are appearing in the fourth round for the 18th consecutive season. However, they’ve been eliminated at this stage in two of the last five season, including a 4-2 defeat against League One Bradford last season.

MK Dons have won just one of their six home FA Cup games against a team from a higher division than themselves (2-0 vs Sheffield Wednesday in 2013).

However, the Dons won their last FA Cup game against Premier League opposition, beating QPR 4-2 at Loftus Road in a fourth round tie in 2013.

Chelsea are now unbeaten in their last eight competitive matches (W4 D4).

Diego Costa has scored six goals in six competitive appearances under Guus Hiddink – this after netting just four goals in 21 competitive games before the Dutchman took charge of the Blues this season.

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