Forget the feel good nature of Chelsea’s 7-0 FA Cup thrashing of Ipswich Town last weekend, here begins the real test of the champions’ stomach for what will be a tough road back to title contention.
Blackburn stifled the three times Premier League winners for long periods at Ewood in October, and with rumours abounding that Carlo Ancelotti is prepared to leave talismanic forward, Didier Drogba, on the bench ahead of an absolute must win clash; Steve Kean will smell an opportunity to grab an unexpected result.
Sadly for Chelsea fans, last week’s FA Cup demolition appears to have convinced Ancelotti that the Blues do not need to strengthen their squad for the remainder of the season. As a result, it will be straightforward to suggest who may play on Sunday, the only question being over Ashley Cole’s return to fitness from an ankle injury.
If Chelsea take the lead early the Blues could be comfortable winners, however with conceding stupid goals an ever-present threat with the West London club at the moment, I fancy Rovers to grab a morale sapping draw.