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HUGHTON'S NOTES

Posted on 18 March 2007  - 12:00

Chris Hughton gives his assessment of Monday night's FA Cup quarter-final replay against Chelsea at White Hart Lane.

Chris Hughton gives his assessment of Monday night's FA Cup quarter-final replay against Chelsea at White Hart Lane.

IT'S ALWAYS interesting in these cases to see what players are used on the Saturday before a Monday but I don't think Chelsea will be too different in terms of line-up as they were against us last weekend.

John Terry returned against Manchester City, played against Sheffield United and I would expect him to line-up against us and the likes of Ballack and Drogba to come back in after starting on the bench on Saturday.

In terms of formation, it's a team we're familiar with - Cech in goal with Terry and Carvalho central and Ashley Cole at left-back, assuming he's fit because he came off on Saturday. I would expect him to play and Ferreira is likely to start at right-back.

Makelele played on Saturday and I'm sure it will be him or Diarra in the holding role in midfield. They have gone for a diamond shape with Lampard, Ballack, Essien and Robben all involved of late. If he's fit, I'd expect Essien to start. Up front, it will be Shevchenko and Drogba, who are in form at the moment.

Both teams have played three games in five days, so we're on a level playing field in that respect.

We're in a good run of form and will approach this in the same way as any other game with the best team and shape to try and get that win. We are at home this time, it's a massive cup game and one we want to go out and win - we have to take advantage of playing at home this time.




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