The draw for the next round of the FA Cup has been made and Chelsea will play Everton at Goodison Park in the quarter-final of the famous competition.
As the competition gets to the business end there have been some interesting draws made for the quarter-finals. Reading, one of two Championship teams remaining in the draw at the time of writing, will host Crystal Palace at The Madjeski Stadium, whilst Watford will go up against the winner of the replay between Arsenal and Hull. Manchester night will host West Ham after beating Shrewsbury Town 3-0 on Monday night.
Guus Hiddink won the FA Cup with Chelsea when he came in as interim manager to replace Luis Felipe Scolari in 2009 after the Brazilian had been sacked by Chelsea’s owner, Roman Abramovich. History won’t repeat itself in exact fashion this time around, owing to the fact that the Blues went up against Everton in the final last time, not the quarter-final.
Hiddink will fancy his chances of winning another FA Cup trophy with the defending Premier League champions this time around, having once again been brought in to replace a sacked manager by the club’s Russian owner. Jose Mourinho led Chelsea to their worst start to a top flight campaign since the 1960s before being released by Abramovich. The self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ is rumoured to be heading to Manchester United next season, having ruined his reputation with the powers that be at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking of the fact that he’ll be going up against Everton once again, Hiddink said, “It was a long time ago. They are longing for revenge. We hope to maintain the flow we are in in the FA Cup”.
Having beaten Premier League rivals Manchester City 5-1 in Sunday’s fifth round match, Hiddink’s men were entered into the draw for the matches that are due to be played between the 11th and the 14th of March.