Conte considering Terry recall for Chelsea's FA Cup clash with Wolves

But in a straight knockout competition - excepting replays, of course - nothing should be taken for granted when Chelsea travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

It's all about the draw in the FA Cup, so they will need some luck, but who is going to challenge them? Cesc Fabregas has been similarly sidelined.

They're not guaranteed to finish in the top four and they might have to win the Europa League to get into the Champions League.

The Blues now boast an eight-point lead at the top of the table and remain on course to secure their fifth top-flight title of the modern era with just 13 games left to play.

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One of the key differences between Liverpool and Chelsea, however, will be the strength of the respective sides fielded by the Premier League teams. "We must pay great attention because they showed in the recent past they have the capability to beat great teams".

"It's not as if they're young and they don't play".

Chelsea might make a number of changes from the XI that took the field at Turf Moor though the team will still boast plenty of skill and experience as well as form.

They haven't had to rest any of their big players like Diego Costa, Eden Hazard or N'Golo Kante because they've not had Champions League football to worry about.

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With the Blues now fighting on two fronts in the Premier League and Emirates FA Cup this season, Conte could elect to rotate his squad for their trip to the Black Country. Conte has indicated that Marcos Alonso will also be given the day off which means that Kenedy might get a rare run out having been a late substitute in the 4-0 win over Burnley.

Another interesting aspect of team selection will be whether Pedro is given another opportunity at right wing-back. Three games that will decide their season.

"Ottmar was manager of Switzerland at the time, I went to watch them train and I asked him how he handled a defeat, he said to analyse it for 24 hours and let it go. To see the next game, against Wolverhampton, then the next game in the league and then I'll try to make the best decision".

Ikeme joined the "200 club" last Tuesday as the Wolves lost by a lone goal to Wigan Athletic at Molineux.

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The FA Cup pales into insignificance compared to that.


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