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Fernando Torres is staying at Chelsea despite interest from Fiorentina

Torres: I’m STAYING at Chelsea and will fight for my place with Falcao, despite interest from Fiorentina

By
Neil Ashton

PUBLISHED:

16:28 GMT, 24 April 2013

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UPDATED:

01:19 GMT, 25 April 2013

With Radamel Falcao at the top of Chelsea’s list of summer transfer targets, Fernando Torres insists he will not be the fall-guy for another big-name centre forward.

Atletico Madrid are selling Falcao, who has scored 25 goals in La Liga this season, for 50million.

Chelsea are front of the queue of clubs for the Colombian, with reports on Wednesday night claiming that he could be Jose Mourinho’s marquee signing if, as expected, the Portuguese returns to Stamford Bridge this summer.

However, Torres is determined to see out the three years left on his contract.

Staying put: Torres talks to the media on Wednesday ahead of the Europa League semi-final

Staying put: Torres talks to the media on Wednesday ahead of the Europa League semi-final

Staying put: Torres talks to the media on Wednesday ahead of the Europa League semi-final

Torres said: ‘When you play for Chelsea you’re always hoping big names come, and the big names are always related with Chelsea.

‘You cannot stop that, especially when the summer comes, and every top player is welcome at Chelsea. Since I came we have only signed top players, so it would not be a surprise if we signed Falcao.’

Torres scored seven goals in Europe this season and will lead the line in this evening’s Europa League semi-final first leg in Basle. Demba Ba is cup-tied.

On the way: Falcao is expected to arrive from Atletico Madrid in the summer

On the way: Falcao is expected to arrive from Atletico Madrid in the summer

Man in the mask: Torres trains with his team-mates in Basle on Wednesday

Man in the mask: Torres trains with his team-mates in Basle on Wednesday

The Spaniard’s last Barclays Premier League goal was in the 8-0 victory over Aston Villa on December 23, but despite his indifferent form for Chelsea since a 50m move from Liverpool in 2011, Torres claims his long-term future is in London.

The 29-year-old added: ‘I’m happy at the moment, but I’d be happier if we won the Europa League. I’ve always felt part of this club. Things change, but you can see this season I have been the main striker.

‘This season has been better for me, but it’s not been at the level I want to be. I really think this club has told me the truth. They have hopes for me and they trust me — they don’t say the opposite.

‘I know I want to stay. If they change their minds it’s a different question, but the relationship between me and the club is very straight. It’s not a problem at all.’

Torres scored against Rubin Kazan in the quarter-final second leg in Moscow and is keen to add the Europa League trophy to last season’s Champions League.

Torres added: ‘I hope there’s more to come as I’m still young. We can win the Europa League this season, but we can still win much more. The squad and players are young — we can do great things. I would like to be involved for the next few years because we can become one of the best teams in Europe, not just England.’

Forward thinking: Torres is optimistic about the future at Chelsea

Forward thinking: Torres is optimistic about the future at Chelsea

Fiorentina, however, have expressed interest in signing Torres.

The
29-year-old has grown increasingly frustrated over his form and playing
time at Stamford Bridge and is expected to be pushed further down the
pecking order this summer as Chelsea look to add another two strikers.

Highly rated: Stevan Jovetic could be heading to the Premier League

Highly rated: Stevan Jovetic could be heading to the Premier League

Fiorentina want someone to replace Stevan Jovetic who they anticipate joining either Arsenal or Manchester City.

Their chief scout Eduardo Macia played a role in taking Torres to Liverpool in 2007.

Fulham 0 Chelsea 3: Premier League match report – David Luiz and John Terry strike to give Blues victory

Fulham 0 Chelsea 3: Luiz rocket and Terry double give Benitez's boys derby day spoils and Champions League advantage

PUBLISHED:

20:53 GMT, 17 April 2013

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UPDATED:

20:53 GMT, 17 April 2013

David Luiz scored one of the goals of the season and captain John Terry added a further two to give Chelsea a convincing victory and the advantage in the race for the Champions League.

Rafa Benitez's team climb to third ahead of rivals Arsenal and Tottenham and are strongest placed of the three to seal third place.

More to follow…

All smiles: John Terry's double has boosted Chelsea's Champions League hopes

All smiles: John Terry's double has boosted Chelsea's Champions League hopes

MATCH FACTS

FULHAM: Schwarzer, Riise (Rodallega, 67), Senderos, Hangeland, Riether, Karagounis (Frimpong, 76), Emanuelson, Enoh, Berbatov, Petric (Frei, 82), Ruiz

Subs not used: Etheridge, Richardson, Hughes, Manolev

Booked: Senderos, Ruiz

CHELSEA: Cech, Ivanovic, David Luiz, Terry, Bertrand, Ramires (Mikel, 75), Lampard, Mata (Ba, 80), Moses, Hazard (Oscar, 69), Torres

Subs not used: Turnbull, Azpilicueta, Benayoun, Ake

Goals: Luiz 30, Terry 43, 71

Booked: Ivanovic

Att: 25,002

Referee: Mike Dean

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Spectacular: David Luiz had opened the scoring with a stunning finish

Spectacular: David Luiz had opened the scoring with a stunning finish

Leader: Terry then leapt highest to double Chelsea's lead

Leader: Terry then leapt highest to double Chelsea's lead

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Time to celebrate: Chelsea looked rather safe after scoring their second goal

Time to celebrate: Chelsea looked rather safe after scoring their second goal

Masked marksman: Fernando Torres was again lively

Masked marksman: Fernando Torres was again lively

Returning to form The Spaniard set up Terry's second goal with this header

Returning to form The Spaniard set up Terry's second goal with this header

Fernando Torres has been ruined by Chelsea – Mauricio Pochettino

Chelsea have ruined the striker who once tormented me, says Saints boss Pochettino

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

09:01 GMT, 30 March 2013

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UPDATED:

09:02 GMT, 30 March 2013

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino believes Chelsea might be responsible for the decline of striker Fernando Torres.

During his time at Espanyol, Pochettino was pitted against a fearsome Torres when he broke into the Atletico Madrid first team and the 41-year-old remembers being tormented by the young striker.

Torres left Atletico for Liverpool in
2007 and took to Premier League life exceptionally well. But since a
50million move to Stamford Bridge, the Spain international has
struggled to recapture the devastating form shown in Madrid and on
Merseyside.

Superstar: Fernando Torres burst onto the scene at Atletico Madrid

Superstar: Fernando Torres burst onto the scene at Atletico Madrid

Shell: Torres has been in decline ever since joining Chelsea from Liverpool for 50million

Shell: Torres has been in decline ever since joining Chelsea from Liverpool for 50million

Pochettino, whose Southampton side aim to topple Chelsea at St Mary’s this afternoon, believes Torres has not looked at ease since moving to west London.

'I have played against Torres many times and he scored some goals against me,’ Pochettino told The Daily Star.

'I remember him being a quality player, full of strength and a player who knew which spaces to run into to create chances.

'Sometimes it happens where a player is comfortable and feels happy at a certain club as he was at Atletico and at Liverpool.

'But when you leave that club and join a new team maybe you do not feel as comfortable and as happy and that can affect your performances.

Candid: Pochettino remembers being terrorised by Torres during his time at Espanyol

Candid: Pochettino remembers being terrorised by Torres during his time at Espanyol

'I do not know if Torres will leave Chelsea but what is clear is there is no doubting his quality.'

Jack Cork further stoked the fires before this afternoon’s match by saying he would not swap Saints’ top goalscorer Rickie Lambert for Chelsea’s World Cup winner.

The 31-year-old Liverpudlian has scored 13 goals in his debut Premier League season, whereas Torres has only netted seven times this campaign.

Cork, who spent 14 years at The Bridge, said: ‘Rickie has been different class for us for the last three or four years.

'For someone of his build, his touch is unbelievable. He is great to have in your team.

'Torres and Demba Ba have scored lots of goals in their careers and you don’t pay 50m for someone who isn’t any good.

No way: Jack Cork says he would not swap Torres for Saints striker Rickie Lambert (second right)

No way: Jack Cork says he would not swap Torres for Saints striker Rickie Lambert (second right)

'But if you asked who I’d rather have in my team, I’d say Rickie.'

Cork, 23, heads into this afternoon’s match to face the club he left in 2011, having been at Chelsea since the age of eight but never making a senior appearance.

He added: 'Chelsea was massive for me and from the age of eight it was my dream to play for them. It was frustrating towards the end but I loved it when I was there.

'We had a good set of young players who have all gone on to play a high standard. That was when Chelsea were doing well and winning titles — so I can understand why nobody was given a chance.

'With the managers chopping and changing there is always a lot of pressure on them to win games, so it’s tough to blood youngsters.'

Heavy heart: Cork (left) left Chelsea after 14 years at Stamford Bridge

Heavy heart: Cork (left) left Chelsea after 14 years at Stamford Bridge

Happy 7th birthday, Twitter! Highs and lows in sport

Happy 7th birthday, Twitter! Highs (and lows) since the micro-blogging site changed the way we interact with sports stars

Olympics.
267,200 tweets per minute after Juan Mata scored for Spain in the Euro 2012 final victory Italy.
13.7m tweets during the Super Bowl when the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots 21-17.
184,535 tweets per minute when Fernando
Torres equalised against Barcelona to send Chelsea heading towards the
2012 Champions League final.

Torres torrent: The Chelsea striker's goal against Barcelona prompted a flood of tweets


Torres torrent: The Chelsea striker's goal against Barcelona prompted a flood of tweets

Seven Twitter controversies

Joey Barton v Dietmaar Hamann

Joey Barton seems to be ranting and raving every hour of every day, giving his outspoken opinions on everything from The FA to the Israel-Palestine dispute. But his most controversial exchange came when a row erupted with Dietmaar Hamann, after Barton tweeted about QPR’s attempt to hijack Newcastle’s bid for Loic Remy in the January transfer window.

Barton was chided by Hamann for getting involved in ‘club politics’ and he responded viciously with a string of insults and allegations about the former Newcastle, Liverpool and Manchester City player. The pair hammered out a total of over 50 messages and Barton repeatedly told Hamann, 39, to get his ‘life in order’ and claimed the German was unprofessional.

The volatile midfielder also made reference to a gambling problem which Hamann revealed he had, in February 2012, and his family life.

Repeat offender: Barton has been involved in numerous Twitter spats, including with former team-mate Hamann

Repeat offender: Barton has been involved in numerous Twitter spats, including one with Hamann

Repeat offender: Barton has been involved in numerous Twitter spats, including one with Hamann

Ashley Cole v Rio Ferdinand

After Ashley Cole reportedly gave court evidence defending Chelsea team-mate John Terry against allegations of racism towards Anton Ferdinand last summer, Rio Ferdinand, disappointed by the ‘Not Guilty’ verdict sent a tweet suggesting that Ashley Cole was a ‘Choc ice’.

Rio was subsequently fined by The FA but the controversy re-emerged in December when Ferdinand was the was left bleeding after being hit in the face with a two pence coin as he celebrated Manchester United’s winning goal against Manchester City at Eastlands.

The family of Ashley Cole took to Facebook to declare their pleasure in seeing Ferdinand hurt, with the Chelsea star’s brother Matthew is said to have posted on Facebook: ‘So happy Rio got hit in the face today when he tried to give it kissing his badge!! Straight in the eye!! Made my day.’ Cole’s mother Sue later added her own comment: ‘Give the fan that threw it a medal!!’

Former friends: Ferdinand and Cole fell out following allegations of racism directed at Anton Ferdinand

Former friends: Ferdinand and Cole fell out following allegations of racism directed at Anton Ferdinand

Former friends: Ferdinand and Cole fell out following allegations of racism directed at Anton Ferdinand

Ashley Cole slams The FA

Ashley Cole was fined 90,000 after admitting a Football Association charge in relation to foul-mouthed outburst on Twitter.

The Chelsea and England full-back labelled the FA a 'bunch of t***s' on the social networking site after an independent regulatory commission of the governing body investigating the John Terry racial abuse case had cast doubt on Cole's evidence.

His comments were swiftly removed but the FA reacted quickly and charged Cole, whose furious outburst was retweeted more than 19,000 times and provoked large condemnation from the footballing world.

Referee Mark Halsey receives Death Threats

Referee Mark Halsey called the police in over sick Twitter taunts following his handling of the explosive clash between Liverpool and Manchester United.

A number of tweets referred to Halsey's well-known battle against cancer and sickeningly referred to his wife, Michelle, who has also been fighting the disease.

Two of the most offensive comments came from a John Wareing who posted ‘I hope Mark Halsey gets cancer again and dies’ (@johnwareing1) and a John Hughes who tweeted ‘Mark Halsey should’ve died of cancer’ (@lfcjohn259).

Within minutes of the game finishing in a 2-1 defeat for Liverpool, messages were being posted on social media websites following a number of controversial refereeing decisions including a first-half red card for Liverpool’s Jonjo Shelvey for a rash tackle on United defender Jonny Evans.

Sick: Referee Halsey was targeted by Twitter thugs over his handling of a match

Sick: Referee Halsey was targeted by Twitter thugs over his handling of a match

10 Year Old Boy 'blacks up' as El Hadji Diouf

A ten-year-old Leeds United fan became embroiled in an online race row after he blacked up to pose with his hero El Hadji Diouf.

The child posted a series of pictures on his Twitter account provoking a backlash from users who said he was racist.

But the primary school child said he did not realise it would be offensive and did it as a tribute to his footballing hero. The boy’s father was forced to take to his son’s Twitter account to defend him from accusations of racism.

He wrote: 'I want to apologise if (my son) dressing up has caused offence.'

Unbelievable: One Leeds fans 'blacked up' to mimic his favourite player - Diouf

Unbelievable: One Leeds fans 'blacked up' to mimic his favourite player – Diouf

Ryan Babel Mocks up Howard Webb in a Man United shirt

In January 2011, Liverpool winger Ryan Babel became the first professional footballer to be censured for comments made on the social networking site Twitter after the Football Association fined the Dutch international 10,000 for posting a mocked-up picture of referee Howard Webb wearing a Manchester United shirt.

In the dock: Liverpool striker Babel was reprimanded for posting this mocked-up picture of Webb

In the dock: Liverpool striker Babel was reprimanded for posting this mocked-up picture of Webb

In the dock: Liverpool striker Babel was reprimanded for posting this mocked-up picture of Webb

Carlton Cole Fined for Anti-Immigration tweets

Carlton Cole was fined 20,000 by the FA for his Twitter comments during England’s match against Ghana in March 2011.

Cole tweeted: ‘Immigration has surrounded the Wembley premises! I knew it was a trap! Hahahaha. The only way to get out safely is to wear an England jersey and paint your face w/ the St. George’s flag!’

He later deleted the tweet and said it was a ‘joke’.

Bobby Barnes, deputy chief executive of the PFA, said: ‘The commission fully accepted the mitigation put forward on Carlton’s behalf and his apology for any offence caused, however unintentionally.

Poorly chosen words: Cole said his comments about immigration were a 'joke'

Poorly chosen words: Cole said his comments about immigration were a 'joke'

Rio Ferdinand shoves Fernando Torres in the head during Manchester United v Chelsea

VIDEO: Ferdinand shoves Torres in the back of the head in off-the-ball incident

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

19:18 GMT, 10 March 2013

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UPDATED:

20:10 GMT, 10 March 2013

Rio Ferdinand continued his somewhat unsporting week by shoving the back of Fernando Torres' head in an off-the-ball incident during Manchester United's 2-2 draw with Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-final.

The centre back, touted for a recall to Roy Hodgson's England squad, went in for a challenge with Torres and after the pair had got up, barged him with his forearm while the referee was looking the other way.

Torres fell to the ground in a heap and Ferdinand ushered the Spaniard back to his feet.

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Sneaky: Rio Ferdinand shoved Fernando Torres while the referee's back was turned

Sneaky: Rio Ferdinand shoved Fernando Torres while the referee's back was turned

Sneaky: Rio Ferdinand shoved Fernando Torres while the referee's back was turned

Sneaky: Rio Ferdinand shoved Fernando Torres while the referee's back was turned

Get up: Ferdinand yanks the Spanish striker to his feet

Get up: Ferdinand yanks the Spanish striker to his feet

FA Cup report

Click here for the full story of the game

On Tuesday night Ferdinand was seen sarcastically clapping in referee Cuneyt Cakir's face in the aftermath of United's 2-1 defeat by Real Madrid.

Cakir had controversially sent off Nani during the game and the furious Ferdinand made his feelings clear at the final whistle.

He has avoided censure from UEFA over the incident and the club also were not punished for not fulfilling their post-match media obligations.

Sir Alex Ferguson refused to speak after the game and his players were also prevented from speaking.

VIDEO: Ferdinand shoves Torres

Fernando Torres needs to leave Chelsea, says Stan Collymore

Torres hates putting on the blue of Chelsea and needs to leave, claims Collymore

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

15:44 GMT, 3 March 2013

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UPDATED:

16:07 GMT, 3 March 2013

Stan Collymore has urged Fernando Torres to leave Chelsea for his own good.

The former Liverpool and Aston Villa striker believes the Spaniard is finding his time at Stamford Bridge dark, desperate and lonely.

Torres, who cost 50million, failed to flourish under Carlo Ancelotti, Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto Di Matteo.

Now interim manager Rafa Benitez, who helped Torres find the best form of his career at Liverpool, cannot help his compatriot to get back among the goals.

Torres and Benitez

Torres and Benitez

Substitute: Fernando Torres came on to replace Chelsea's match-winner Demba Ba

'It’s all over for the striker now. His confidence is beyond shot,' wrote Collymore in his Sunday People column.

'He will put on the blue of Chelsea every day and he will hate it, as he will the daily drive to Cobham for training.'

Collymore continued: 'I have said this before and I have to say it again: It’s time to go, Fernando. For your sake, and yours alone.'

Old boy: Stan Collymore also knew the way to goal in a Liverpool shirt

Old boy: Stan Collymore also knew the way to goal in a Liverpool shirt

Torres was dropped to the bench against West Brom on Saturday, coming on as a substitute for 10 minutes.

January signing Demba Ba played in his stead and scored the winning goal.

Torres is expected to start for Chelsea on Thursday night when they take on Steaua Bucharest in the Europa League because Ba is cup tied.

FA Cup: Team news ahead of the weekend"s fixtures from the firth round and fourth round replay

FA Cup: The guide to all this weekend's fixtures from the fifth round and fourth round replay

PUBLISHED:

09:43 GMT, 15 February 2013

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UPDATED:

10:06 GMT, 15 February 2013

The FA Cup returns to action this weekend as fourteen teams battle for a place in the quarter-finals while Chelsea host Brentford in a fourth round replay.

Here Sportsmail has teamed up with statistic giants Opta to bring you all the latest facts and team news ahead of ALL this weekend's fixtures, so keep checking this page throughout the day to see how your team will line up.

Dream ticket: Fourteen sides are battling for a quarter-final place this weekend

Dream ticket: Fourteen sides are battling for a quarter-final place this weekend

Fourth round replay

Chelsea v Brentford
David Luiz, Demba Ba, Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel are available for Chelsea's FA Cup fourth round replay with Brentford on Sunday after missing the Europa League win at Sparta Prague.

Luiz was suspended, Ba ineligible and Moses and Mikel rested, after winning the Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria, while John Terry and Ashley Cole were unused substitutes.

Cole had a cold and Terry was not risked after a setback in his recovery from a knee injury, but the captain is in line to return in defence against the Bees. Oriol Romeu (knee) is a long-term absentee.

Up for the cup: Chelsea's John Terry could feature having been rested for Thursday's win at Sparta Prague

Up for the cup: Chelsea's John Terry could feature having been rested for Thursday's win at Sparta Prague

Only
once in the last 14 years have Chelsea failed to reach the fifth round
of the FA Cup. The Blues are unbeaten in four matches (all competitions)
against Brentford (W3 D1).

Before last month’s clash, their only
previous FA Cup meeting came in 1950. Chelsea won 1-0. Brentford have
won just one of their last six (D3 L2).

Chelsea have lost only two of their
last 18 replays in the FA Cup; winning 13. Of the three that went to
penalties, they have twice been eliminated on spot-kicks.

Fernando Torres’ only goal in his last 12 appearances for Chelsea came against Brentford in the original clash.

Marcello Trotta, on loan from Fulham, has scored three in four for Brentford (all comps).

In just nine FA Cup games for Chelsea, Juan Mata has played a part in 10 goals (scored four and assisted six).

Frank Lampard has been involved in 23 goals (scored 14 or assisted nine) in his last 24 appearances in the FA Cup.

Provisional Chelsea squad: Cech, Turnbull,
Hilario, Ivanovic, Cole, Luiz, Ramires, Lampard, Torres, Mata, Oscar,
Mikel, Hazard, Ba, Ferreira, Marin, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta,
Benayoun, Bertrand, Ake, Moses.

Fifth round

Luton v Millwall
Millwall have won four of the five previous meetings between these two sides in the FA Cup; losing the other.

The Lions have won five and lost just one of their last eight clashes with Luton in all competitions.

In the last round, Luton became the first non-league side to win away at a top-flight team in the FA Cup since 1986 (Altrincham beating Birmingham City 2-1).

Luton are competing in fifth round for the first time since 1994.
The Hatters have progressed on five of their last six FA Cup fifth round ties; but never (from four meetings) when facing a team from a higher division.

Millwall have reached the FA Cup fifth round for the second time since they reached the final in 2004 (as well as last season).

Millwall have won 13 and lost none of their last 17 matches in the FA Cup against sides from lower divisions (excluding qualifiers).

Luton Town have won seven and lost none of their last eight games at home in all competitions.

The Blue Square Premier side have conceded just three goals in their last six at home; keeping three clean sheets in that run.
Millwall have won none of their last six on the road (in all competitions); losing four.

Arsenal v Blackburn Rovers
This is the seventh time that Arsenal and Blackburn Rovers have been drawn together in the FA Cup.

Arsenal have progressed on four occasions; although Blackburn were victorious in their last meeting (2007 Fifth Round) winning the replay 1-0 (after the initial match ended 0-0).

Arsenal are unbeaten in 34 games against lower ranked sides in the FA Cup (W27 D7).

The Gunners are also unbeaten in 34 FA Cup ties at home (W25 D9).
This will be Arsenal’s sixth appearance in the fifth round since winning the trophy in 2005. They have failed to progress on three of the previous five occasions.

Olivier Giroud bagged a brace in the fourth round for Arsenal and has scored five in his last five appearances for the London club.

Jordan Rhodes has bagged nine goals in his last 10 appearances for Blackburn in all competitions.

Rovers have won six and lost just one of their last 10 in all competitions.
Arsenal have won five of their last seven in all competitions at the Emirates (D1 L1).

Blackburn have lost three of their last four visits to the Emirates by at least four goals on each occasion (D1; all competitions).

The two games between Arsenal and Blackburn in the Premier League last season produced 15 goals.

MK Dons v Barnsley
This will be the first meeting between MK Dons and Barnsley in the FA Cup.

Three of the previous five meetings between the two clubs in all competitions have ended in draws.

This is the first time MK Dons have reached the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Karl Robinson’s side have won four and lost none of their last six home matches in the FA Cup.

Since beating QPR 4-2 in the fourth round, MK Dons have lost three of four matches (D1), scoring only two goals.

Barnsley have won six and lost none of their last seven in all competitions.
Jason Scotland has scored three goals in just 75 minutes of action for Barnsley this season (three sub appearances).

Izale McLeod, who returned to MK Dons in the January transfer window, scored for the Dons in the first ever clash between these two sides back in August 2004.

Oldham Athletic v Everton
Oldham are unbeaten in five matches against Everton in the FA Cup (W3 D2).

The last time the sides met, Oldham left Goodison Park with 1-0 win in the FA Cup third round in 2008.

Everton have won just one of their last five visits to Oldham in all competitions (D2 L2). Everton are unbeaten in their last seven away games in the FA Cup (W5 D2).

The Toffees have won four of their last six on the road (D1 L1); with their only loss in that run coming at Old Trafford last weekend.

The Latics have won just three of their last 12 (in all competitions). However, two of those wins have come in the last three.

Forward Lee Barnard has scored in each of his two appearances for Oldham signing joining on loan from Southampton.

Left-back Leighton Baines has scored four times in his last eight appearances for Everton in all competitions.

Manchester City v Leeds United
This will mark the sixth occasion that Manchester City and Leeds United have clashed in the FA Cup. Leeds lead the head-to-head with three wins to two.

The two teams met in the fifth round back in 1977. Leeds won 1-0 at Elland Road.

None of the last four matches between the two sides in all competitions have ended in an away win (three home wins and a draw).

The Premier League Champions have won six of their last nine in all competitions but are without a win in three (D2 L1)

Neil Warnock’s side have lost five of their last seven on the road (W1 D1; all comps).

The Whites have not kept a clean sheet away from home this season.
Ross McCormack has scored four goals in his last six for Leeds.

Manchester City have conceded just two goals in their last five home games in all competitions; keeping four clean sheets.

The last time the two teams met in March 2004, James Milner started in midfield for Leeds.

Huddersfield Town v Wigan Athletic
The only previous meeting between the two teams in the FA Cup was back 1977. Huddersfield won 2-0 at home.

Wigan have reached the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time since 1987.

The Latics have won six of their last 10 away FA Cup matches against sides from lower divisions.

Roberto Martinez’s side have kept only two clean sheets in their last nine in all comps. Both were in the FA Cup.

Huddersfield have lost 11 of their last 15 FA Cup matches against top flight opposition (W1 D3). The victory (over Birmingham City) came in their last home match against Premier League opposition.

Town have lost two of their last eight (W3 D2), after going on a ten-match run without a victory (D5 L5).

The Terriers’ last seven goals in all competitions have been netted by different scorers.

Jordi Gomez has scored twice in Wigan’s three FA Cup matches this season. Shaun Maloney has netted in his last two games for Wigan.

Manchester United v Reading
The last two times Man Utd have beaten Fulham at Old Trafford in the FA Cup (as they did in the last round), they have gone on to win it (2004, 1999).

Manchester United are unbeaten in 12 matches in all competitions against Reading (W8 D4). The last time they lost to Reading was in the FA Cup in January 1927.

The Red Devils have won 15 of their last 19 home ties in the FA Cup (D2 L2). Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have conceded just one goal in their last five FA Cup matches at Old Trafford.

This is the third time in the last four years that Reading have reached the FA Cup fifth round; and only the eighth time in their history. On each of the last two appearances, they have progressed to the last eight.

Only once in the last 12 occasions that Reading have drawn against opponents from the same division in the FA Cup have they progressed to the next round.

Wayne Rooney has scored three goals in his last two starts against Reading.

Adam Le Fondre has scored seven goals in his last seven appearances for Reading in all competitions. He also scored against Manchester United earlier this season.

The clash between the two teams earlier in the season (in the Premier League) saw seven goals scored in the opening 35 minutes.

Premier League January transfer window is in its tenth year

Stick or twist, buy or sell The January transfer window is in its tenth year and has become the last chance saloon for top clubs

: 60m

Sir Alex Ferguson hates it and has publicly said so. His actions back up his words. In a decade he has forked out 36million in total, or one Andy Carroll, in the winter.

True, he has parted with 15m for Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace this month but that is a long-term strategy which sees the winger return to Selhurst Park on loan anyway.

Harry Redknapp, on the other hand is king of the January sales. Nose pressed up against the door, elbows at the ready, QPR boss Redknapp is still unlikely to beat his 2009 Tottenham high of 48m, however.

Not surprisingly, Spurs, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool have tended to go for it over the last 10 years.

Roman Abramovich has dipped his hand into his pocket to the tune of 126m, which means Chelsea are top of the table at something. City are second on 109m, Spurs third on 91m and Liverpool fourth having spent 81m, which is 34m more than fifth-placed Aston Villa.

Consider 2003. The whole of the Barclays Premier League only managed to cough up 35m.

And compare that with 2011 when the deafening sound of cash registers in England could be heard all over the world as the clubs paid out an astronomical 225m.

Big spender: Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has shelled out 126m on January signings over the last decade

Big spender: Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has shelled out 126m on January signings over the last decade

Last year it was back down to 60m, as common sense and the UEFA threat of financial fair play prevailed. Think Carroll and Fernando Torres and think folly.

Going back to 2003, a total of 925m has been spent in January yet this window continues to be the baby brother of the summer marketplace where a staggering 3,955m (3.95billions) has been spent.

JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW FACTS AND FIGURES

Biggest average PL spenders in
January: Chelsea 12.3m, QPR 11m, Man City 10.9m, Tottenham 9.1m,
Liverpool 8.1m, West Ham 5.71m.

Smallest average PL spenders in
January: West Brom 0.67m, Swansea 1m, Everton 1.4m, Fulham 2m,
Sunderland 2.29m, Southampton 2.33m.

Largest amount spent by one club: Chelsea, 75m, 2011

Biggest buy of first window in 2003: Jonathan Woodgate (Leeds to Newcastle) 9m

Most expensive player: Fernando Torres (Liverpool to Chelsea) 50m

Most expensive British player: Andy Carroll (Newcastle to Liverpool) 35m

TEN YEARS OF THE JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW

2003

Total spent: 35m

Wallet breaker: Jonathan Woodgate (Leeds to Newcastle) 9m

Spot on: Stephen Clemence, who joined Birmingham in a 900,000 deal from Spurs and proved to be a stalwart under Steve Bruce

Oh dear: Lee Bowyer arrived at West Ham from Leeds United for about 100,000 and was heralded as the man who could save them from relegation. The fans disagreed, and protested against the signing outside Upton Park. Nagged by injuries, Bowyer made just 10 appearances and did little to prevent West Ham’s relegation.

Big spend: Newcastle paid 9m to bring defender Jonathan Woodgate in from Leeds United in the first January transfer window back in 2003

Big spend: Newcastle paid 9m to bring defender Jonathan Woodgate in from Leeds United in the first January transfer window back in 2003

Deepest pockets: In a precursor of big-spending to come, Man City brought in Robbie Fowler from Leeds United for 6m and David Sommeil from Bordeaux for 3.5m as they sought to preserve their Premier League status. OK, I lied, it wasn’t big spending at all, but it was much more than everyone else.

Trolley dash: Steve Bruce went to town, signing five players for Birmingham City – they were Christophe Dugarry (loan), Clemence (900,000), Jamie Clapham (1.3m), Matthew Upson (3m) and Piotr Swierczewski (loan).

If the shirt fits: Robbie Fowler joined Man City from Leeds United for 6m in a bid to boost City's chances of staying in the Premier League

If the shirt fits: Robbie Fowler joined Man City from Leeds United for 6m in a bid to boost City's chances of staying in the Premier League

Tight wads: Anyone doing half-all right, really – Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool saw no need to spend a penny during January.

Ticking clock: Woodgate’s was a deadline day move, as was Michael Ricketts’s 3.5m switch from Bolton to Middlesbrough.

2004

Total spent: 50m

Wallet breaker: Jose Antonio Reyes (Sevilla to Arsenal) 19.5m

Spot on: The arrival of record buy Reyes proved to be the final piece in the jigsaw as Arsenal leapfrogged Manchester United to win the title

Oh dear: Middlesbrough fans who remembered the magic of Juninho would have been giddy with excitement when Steve McClaren brought World Cup winner Ricardinho to the Riverside – and for a negligible fee. Three months later he was off, having completely failed to play any first team football or show any appetite for being on Teesside.

New surroundings: Jose Antonio Reyes was the final piece in Arsenal's title-winning jigsaw in 2004

New surroundings: Jose Antonio Reyes was the final piece in Arsenal's title-winning jigsaw in 2004

Deepest pockets: The Reyes fee eclipsed the spending of most clubs, but, unlike 12 months earlier, the big guns were willing to shell out. Man United, concerned about Arsenal stealing their title, paid 12.8m for Louis Saha, and Chelsea flexed their newly bulging financial muscles again by buying Scott Parker for 10m.

Trolley dash: Definitely West Ham, who acquired Andy Melville on a free from Fulham, Nigel Reo-Coker from struggling Wimbledon and got Bobby Zamora from Spurs when they sold Jermain Defoe.

Better late than never: Jermain Defoe's transfer from West Ham to Tottenham was finally completed on February 2

Better late than never: Jermain Defoe's transfer from West Ham to Tottenham was finally completed on February 2

Tight wads: Liverpool again saw no need to open their wallets.

Ticking clock: The 7m Defoe switch dragged on even beyond the conventional window – being completed on February 2.

2005

Total spent: 50m

Wallet breaker: Jean-Alain Boumsong (Rangers to Newcastle) 8m

Spot on: Mikel Arteta said ‘Hola!’ to the Premier League in January 2005, joining Everton on a six-month loan from Real Sociedad. He liked Merseyside so much, he stayed.

Oh dear: Nigel Quashie – With plenty of experience of relegation battles, Harry Redknapp raided old club Portsmouth to bring Quashie along the south coast to Southampton. ‘I am certain we will stay up,’ said Quashie in a fan-friendly soundbite. ‘I would have not have come here if I had any doubts about that.’ Five months later, they were relegated.

Vamos! Mikel Arteta joined Everton in the 2005 January transfer window, initially on loan, and then made the deal permanent that summer

Vamos! Mikel Arteta joined Everton in the 2005 January transfer window, initially on loan, and then made the deal permanent that summer

Deepest pockets: Newcastle spent more than anyone else, over 10m on Boumsong, Celestine Babayaro and Amady Faye.

Trolley dash: Newcastle aside, it was probably Spurs, who acquired four players, including two on Deadline Day. The first two were loan moves, for Mounir El Hamdaoui, who never made a competitive appearance, and Mido. Then, they gave Nottingham Forest a combined 8m for Andy Reid and Michael Dawson.

Tight wads: Man United saw no need to sign anyone, nor did Jose Mourinho want to upset the balance of his title-bound squad.

New one-two: Tottenham brought in Mido (centre) and Michael Dawson (right) during the January 2005 window

New one-two: Tottenham brought in Mido (centre) and Michael Dawson (right) during the January 2005 window

Ticking clock: It was a very busy deadline day, with plenty of cash being spent. Other than the aforementioned Spurs signings, Man City offloaded Nicolas Anelka to Fenerbahce to 7m, Celtic took Craig Bellamy on loan, Barry Ferguson went from Blackburn to Rangers for 4.5m and Jermaine Pennant went on loan to Birmingham from Arsenal.

2006

Total spent: 70m

Wallet breaker: Three at 7m. Dean Ashton, Norwich to West Ham; Emmanuel Adebayor, Monaco to Arsenal; Nemanja Vidic, Spartak Moscow to Manchester United.

Spot on: Manchester United who ‘only’ bought two players, Vidic and Patrice Evra (Monaco) for 12m and look how they turned out.

Defensive wall: Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra proved to be excellent buys for Manchester United in 2006

Defensive wall: Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra proved to be excellent buys for Manchester United in 2006

Oh dear: Emmanuel Olisadebe arrived at Fratton Park for an undisclosed fee from Panathinaikos. The Nigerian-born Poland striker, who had question marks over his real age, was crocked almost from the start and released in the summer.

Deepest pockets: Arsene Wenger (seriously), Arsenal. 15m total on Adebayor, Theo Walcott (Southampton) 5m and Abou Diaby (Auxerre) 3m. (Walcott and Diaby eventually cost 12m & 6m respectively)

Trolley dash: Harry Redknapp, Portsmouth – nine players for a total of 12m, a year after he recruited five when he was Southampton manager.

Pleased as punch: Emmanuel Adebayor joined Arsenal in January 2006

Pleased as punch: Emmanuel Adebayor joined Arsenal in January 2006

Tight wads: Aston Villa, Middlesbrough, Newcastle

Ticking clock: DJ Campbell, who worked in a warehouse a year earlier, joined Birmingham City from Brentford in a 1m deal right on deadline. And Danny Murphy completed a 2m midnight switch from Charlton to Tottenham.

2007

Total spent: 62m

Wallet breaker: Ashley Young (Watford) to Aston Villa 8m (rising to 10.65m)

Spot on: Young, brought in on deadline day with John Carew (swap Milan Baros, Lyon), the winger proved that Martin O’Neill was right to take the gamble.

Oh dear: Lucas Neill, wooed by 75,000-a-week wages, snubbed Liverpool to make the most of Alan Curbishley’s panic buying spree at West Ham, and was injured on his debut.

Good business: Both Watford and Aston Villa were pleased with their transaction for Ashley Young

Good business: Both Watford and Aston Villa were pleased with their transaction for Ashley Young

Deepest pockets: West Ham 16.5m. Matthew Upson (Birmingham) 6m, Luis Boa Morte (Fulham) 4.5m, Callum Davenport (Spurs) 3m, Nigel Quashie (West Brom) 1.5m, Neill (Blackburn) 1.5m.

Trolley dash: Liverpool. Seven players to pip West Ham, but only one purchase, Alvaro Arbeloa (Deportivo) 2.6m but including loan deals for Javier Mascherano (West Ham), Emiliano Insua (Boca) and Daniele Padelli (Sampdoria).

Tight wads: Chelsea, Arsenal

Ticking clock: Tottenham pulled the plug on the 4m sale of Mido to Manchester City just before midnight.

2008

Total spent: 160m

Wallet breaker: Nicolas Anelka (Bolton) 15m who went to Chelsea

39 reasons to smile: Nicolas Anelka joined Chelsea from Bolton for !5m in 2008

39 reasons to smile: Nicolas Anelka joined Chelsea from Bolton for !5m in 2008

Spot on: Gary Cahill was snapped up by Bolton from Aston Villa for 4.5m and has since joined Chelsea and played for England .

Oh dear: Felipe Caicedo, who became the biggest transfer in Swiss League history when he joined Manchester City from Basle for 5.2m. Sven Goran Eriksson apparently ‘won the race’ for the Ecuadorian with Valencia, Atletico Madrid, Juventus and AC Milan.

Deepest pockets: Chelsea, 27.5m on Anelka, Branislav Ivanovic (Lokomotiv Moscow) 9m and Franco Di Santo (Audra) 3.5m.

Record breaker: Basle received the highest fee ever for a club in the Swiss League for Felipe Caicedo

Record breaker: Basle received the highest fee ever for a club in the Swiss League for Felipe Caicedo

Trolley dash: Derby boss Paul Jewell, fighting a losing relegation battle, brought in eight players for 3.8m including Robbie Savage, Danny Mills, Hossam Ghaly, Laurent Robert and Roy Carroll.

Tight wads: No-one

Ticking clock: Brazil striker Afonso Alves completed a 13.5m move from Heerenveen to Middlesbrough after winning his appeal for a work permit.

2009

Total spent: 180m

Wallet breaker: Midfielder Nigel de Jong (Hamburg to Man City) 16m

Spot on: Jermain Defoe has scored 68 goals in his five seasons at Spurs since this January move.

Oh dear: Savio Nsereko. Who Ugandan-born German, bought by West Ham for 9m to replace Craig Bellamy and who was shipped out to Fiorentina very quickly.

Twin buys: Manchester City splashed out on Craig Bellamy and Nigel de Jong in the 2009 transfer window

Twin buys: Manchester City splashed out on Craig Bellamy and Nigel de Jong in the 2009 transfer window

Deepest pockets: It was a 48m tie between Tottenham’s Harry Redknapp and Manchester City’s Mark Hughes. Spurs forked out 3m on Pascal Chimbonda (Sunderland), Jermain Defoe (Portsmouth) 15m, Wilson Palacios (Wigan) 14m and Robbie Keane (Liverpool) 16m. Hughes bought De Jong (Hamburg) 16m, Craig Bellamy (West Ham) 12m, Wayne Bridge (Chelsea) 12m, Shay Given (Newcastle) 8m.

Trolley dash: Portsmouth spent 7.6m on six players including Nadir Belhadj (Lens) and a loan for Jermaine Pennant from Liverpool.

Joy of six: Nadir Belhadj was one of half a dozen players signed by Portsmouth in 2009's winter transfer window

Joy of six: Nadir Belhadj was one of half a dozen players signed by Portsmouth in 2009's winter transfer window

Hands in pockets: Liverpool

Ticking clock: Snowstorms hit England, which saved the day as far as Andrey Arshavin was concerned. The Russian was allowed to complete his 15m move to Arsenal 24 hours late.

2010

Total spent: 30m

Wallet breaker: Younes Kaboul (Portsmouth to Spurs) 11m

Spot on: Stoke paid 3.25m for Portsmouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and, although he had to wait for his chance, the Bosnian has emerged as a top Premier League player

Oh dear: Benni McCarthy, who cost West Ham 2.5m from Blackburn. Injured on his debut and fitness and attitude questioned.

Safe hands: Stoke bought goalkeeper Asmir Begovic in 2010 and he's turned into one of the Premier League's best

Safe hands: Stoke bought goalkeeper Asmir Begovic in 2010 and he's turned into one of the Premier League's best

Deepest pockets: In a recession-hit year, Tottenham bought Kaboul back from Portsmouth and signed Eidur Gudjohnsen on loan to be top spenders

Trolley dash: Wigan spent 3.5m on five players including Gary Caldwell (Celtic 1m) and Victor Moses (Crystal Palace 2.5m)

Tight wads: Aston Villa, Chelsea

Ticking clock: Robbie Keane left Tottenham for Celtic on loan after a call at 5pm on deadline day

2011

Total spent: 225m

Wallet breaker: Fernando Torres (Liverpool to Chelsea) 50m

Spot on: Luis Suarez, who arrived at Liverpool for 22.8m with 35m Andy Carroll.

Oh dear: Would it be terribly obvious to suggest Torres

Great expectations: Fernando Torres moved to Chelsea for 50m, the biggest ever transfer fee in this country

Great expectations: Fernando Torres moved to Chelsea for 50m, the biggest ever transfer fee in this country

Deepest pockets: Chelsea who spent 50m on Torres and 25m on David Luiz (Benfica)

Trolley dash: Gerard Houllier was given the go-ahead to buy big as Aston Villa fought relegation. He brought in four players including 18m (up to 24m) on Darren Bent (Sunderland) and 6m to Lyon for Jean Makoun.

New kid in town: Gerard Houllier brought in Darren Bent in an attempt to save Villa from relegation

New kid in town: Gerard Houllier brought in Darren Bent in an attempt to save Villa from relegation

Tight wads: No-one

Ticking clock: Charlie Adam thought he was set for a move to Liverpool from Blackpool. He had to wait until the following summer.

2012

Total spent: 60m

Wallet breaker: Papiss Cisse (Freiburg to Newcastle United) 10m

Spot on: Gary Cahill proved 7m well spent for Chelsea, putting in a succession of solid defensive performances as the Blues ended the season as surprise European champions. Also, Cisse returned an incredible 13 goals in just 14 games for Newcastle, including that incredible strike at Chelsea.

Great buy: Papiss Cisse scored 13 goals in 14 matches after joining Newcastle

Great buy: Papiss Cisse scored 13 goals in 14 matches after joining Newcastle

Oh dear: Marvin Sordell, 3m from Watford, was only given three matches for Bolton in their bid to avoid relegation. If he was the solution to their problems, it was a funny way of showing it.

Deepest pockets: Chelsea spent in the region of 20m on Kevin de Bruyne, Cahill, Lucas Piazon and Patrick Bamford.

Trolley dash: QPR brought in seven players to try and prevent their Premier League return lasting just a single season. Among them were Bobby Zamora, Djibril Cisse and Nedum Onuoha.

Shrewd signing: Gary Cahill joined Chelsea last January for 7m and ended up a European champion

Shrewd signing: Gary Cahill joined Chelsea last January for 7m and ended up a European champion

Tight wads: Stoke brought in nobody.

Ticking clock: QPR left it late, with the Cisse and Zamora moves going through at the eleventh hour.

Didier Drogba signs for Galatasaray after snubbing Chelsea

Chelsea blow as Drogba signs 18-month deal at Turkish giants Galatasaray despite approach from his former club

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

18:22 GMT, 28 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:40 GMT, 28 January 2013

Didier Drogba has signed an 18-month deal with Galatasaray after turning down the chance of a sensational return to Chelsea.

The Ivorian has joined the Turkish outfit on loan from his Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.

Roman Abramovich gave the go-ahead last week to offer Drogba a deal until the end of the season, with an option for a further year.

Done deal: Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, who is with Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations, has completed a loan move to Turkish club Galatasaray from Chinese outfit Shanghai Shenhua

Done deal: Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, who is with Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations, has completed a loan move to Turkish club Galatasaray from Chinese outfit Shanghai Shenhua

Turkish delight: Didier Drogba is set to join Galatasaray on an 18-month contract

Incredibly the talks were so far
advanced that Chelsea were convinced that the man who delivered the
European Cup last season was on the brink of signing before Thursday’s
transfer deadline.

He won three Premier League titles,
four FA Cups and his Chelsea career ended with that glorious finale
against Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena in May last year.

Chelsea
offered him a year’s extension on reduced terms at the time, but
Drogba, 34, decided to quit after lifting the Champions League.

The Blues have been struggling without him this season and Fernando Torres, who scored yesterday, is still struggling for form.

Struggles: Drogba failed to settle in China with Shanghai Shenhua

Struggles: Drogba failed to settle in China with Shanghai Shenhua

Champion: Didier Drogba sits on the pitch with the European Cup

Champion: Didier Drogba sits on the pitch with the European Cup

Drogba, whose family still live in
Surrey and whose children attend Chelsea’s academy, has been training
with his old team-mates ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations and they
initially began teasing him that he wanted to return.

Despite the temptation to relive the
glory years with his former team-mates, he will guarantee Champions
League football by signing for Galatasaray.

The
big-spending Turkish side, who recruited former Champions League winner
Wesley Sneijder last week, expect to announce the deal for Drogba this
week.

Galatasary face
Schalke in the European Cup next month and the lure of playing in the
competition he won last season proved too much.

More to follow….

Big spenders: Galatasaray also snapped up Dutchman Wesley Sneijder (right)

Big spenders: Galatasaray also snapped up Dutchman Wesley Sneijder (right)

FA Cup fifth round draw

Leeds face daunting trip to Premier League champions City… but Chelsea face a fixture pile-up

By
Guy Aspin, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

18:23 GMT, 27 January 2013

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UPDATED:

08:18 GMT, 28 January 2013

Leeds were rewarded for their victory over Tottenham with a trip to Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Neil Warnock's men knocked out Spurs 2-1 at Elland Road to book a trip to the Etihad Stadium in the pick of the ties.

Non-league Luton, who claimed a famous 1-0 win at Norwich yesterday, missed out on a plum draw with a top Premier League side as they got Millwall at home.

Marching on: Leeds will now play Manchester City after beating Tottenham

Marching on: Leeds will now play Manchester City after beating Tottenham

Oldham, the npower League One side
who stunned Liverpool 3-2 this afternoon, were handed their Merseyside
rivals Everton at home in the next round.

Manchester United were drawn to face
Reading at Old Trafford, while Arsenal also got a home tie, against
Championship outfit Blackburn.

Chelsea, should they see off
Brentford in a replay after the two sides drew 2-2 at Griffin Park
today, can look forward to a trip to Middlesbrough.

However, the Blues could face some serious fixture congestion if they progress. The replay at Stamford Bridge has been provisionally arranged for the Saturday February 16 – the fifth round weekend.

Busy times ahead: Chelsea, and Fernando Torres, will face a fixture pile-up as a result of only getting a draw at Brentford yesterday

Busy times ahead: Chelsea, and Fernando Torres, will face a fixture pile-up as a result of only getting a draw at Brentford yesterday

CHELSEA'S BUSY FEBRUARY

Jan 30 Reading (A) PL
Feb 2 Newcastle (A) PL
Feb 5-6 Internationals
Feb 9 Wigan (H) PL
Feb 14 Sparta Prague (A) EL
Feb 16-17 Brentford (H) FAC
Feb 21 Sparta Prague (H) EL
Feb 24 Man City (A)
Feb 26-27 poss Middlesbrough (A) FAC
Mar 2 West Brom (H) PL

This is necessary because Chelsea have a Barclays Premier League match at Reading this Wednesday, will lose a number of players to international duty next week and then have home and away legs in the Europa League with Sparta Prague the following two midweeks.

It is then necessary to play Chelsea or Brentford's fifth round trip to Middlesbrough in midweek to catch up, meaning a very long journey for London-based fans for a night match.

A possible replay in that tie, should Chelsea get that far, would trigger a fixture pile-up, especially as they get through in the Europa League.

Upset: Luton sparked wild celebrations when they beat Norwich on Saturday

Upset: Luton sparked wild celebrations when they beat Norwich on Saturday

QPR's conquerors MK Dons were drawn at home to Barnsley, while Wigan will travel to Huddersfield or Leicester.

The ties will be played on the weekend of February 16.

FA Cup draw (Ties to be played weekend Feb 16)

Huddersfield/Leicester v Wigan

MK Dons v Barnsley

Oldham v Everton

Luton v Millwall

Arsenal v Blackburn

Man City v Leeds

Man Utd v Reading

M'brough v Brentford/Chelsea