There have, however, been famous cup upsets at Stamford Bridge over the years. Bradford City and Barnsley have both emerged victorious against the West London giants in the modern era, although a win for Chesterfield would surely trump even those.
After an intense festive period and a fresh batch of positive Covid cases, it seems reasonable to expect changes from a Chelsea perspective, while Chesterfield come into the match after a strong first half of the season in the National League.
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90 mins: Three minuted added on.
Half of those on the pitch seem to have cramp, they wouldn’t mind this one finishing now.
88 mins: Werner inside, and still… and still…. and still… eventually plays it to Loftus-Cheek but the chance has gone.
Barkley then slides it through to Havertz, but Kerr makes a brilliant challenge to stop the German.
86 mins: Chelsea players seem less and less keen to pass on the edge of the box now, very keen to try and find some space for a shot themselves.
Barkley eventually gives in and accepts he has to lay it off. Vale gets in down the right but his cross is straight at the goalkeeper.
83 mins: Travelling fans are in great race, they’re absolutely delighted with that late consolation.
Certainly the most celebrated goal in the ground this evening.
James Robson’s thoughts
It’s worth watching Hall from here. He’s struggling with cramp, but Chelsea have used all their subs. He certainly won’t want to come off after his performance today – and little sign of Chelsea wanting to take him off.
GOAL! Chelsea 5-1 Chesterfield | Akwasi Asante 80′
CHESTERFIELD HAVE THEIR GOAL!
And in front of their fans too, what a great moment. It’s hit long, Asante flicks it on and Tshimanga has his shot saved.
But it falls to Asante and he has an empty net to finish in to. Can’t believe his luck!
79 mins: Chelsea fans urging their team to shoot every time they get within about 50 yards of the goal.
Havertz pulls back the defender as he goes round the outside, and he’s penalised.
76 mins: Chelsea think they have a sixth, but the linesman has other ideas.
Lovely move. Played through to Werner and he squares it to Havertz for a tap-in, but the flag goes up.
Werner was just about offside. Hall is back on, still limping a bit.
74 mins: Chelsea have already made their five subs, but Hall is now down with cramp. Looks in a fair bit of pain.
Will Tuchel take him off and just played the rest of the match with ten men?
James Robson’s thoughts…
No surprise to see so many changes for Chelsea by the hour-mark and good to see youngsters getting a chance out there.
No sense of Tuchel settling for what he has, but makes perfect sense to rest legs while giving experience to others.
Looking at that forward line – there are still plenty of goals out there for Chelsea.