Antonio Conte will know his Chelsea juggernaut cannot afford to be complacent as they face a potential banana skin in Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday evening.
Wolves, who are managed by former Norwich, Villa and Blackburn coach Paul Lambert, will be looking to add Chelsea to their list of Premier League scalps having dismissed Stoke City and Liverpool in previous rounds.
Chelsea, who have beaten two lower league opponents so far will be under no illusions about the difficulty of this tie, despite Wolves’ poor recent home form.
A defeat to Chelsea would mean a third consecutive home defeat in just 8 days.
However, the magic of the cup, means anything can happen, as shown by Sutton United and Lincoln City.
For Chelsea, they will be looking to recapture the form of their 13 game unbeaten streak, as they’ve won ugly, which despite being a sign of Champions, also raises questions about the fragility of the team once they come under pressure.
With 8 goals scored in the two previous rounds, Chelsea have made light work of the FA Cup so far, and with our previous Italian managers enjoying FA Cup success, Conte will surely be looking to join them.
Success breeds success, and as we go into the last chapters of the season, Conte will be obsessive with his team’s standards.
Conte plays to win, and despite the opposition being deemed ‘weaker’ he will except nothing less than victory.
Conte will, of course, be looking to give those who have been mainstays of his league leading side a well-deserved rest.
David Luiz, who has been struggling with a knee problem ever since Sergio Aguero’s horror challenge back in December will miss this game.
As too will Marcos Alonso and Thibaut Courtois, while the likes of Kante, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa will most likely start from the bench.
In to the team should come Asmir Begovic, John Terry, Nathan Ake, Cesc Fabregas and Michy Batshuyai.
It will be a great comfort to Conte that he can rely on Premier League quality to be able to make replacements.
And of course we’ll be hoping to see some academy players coming through, the likes of Ola Aina, Nate Chalobah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. These games are perfect for those to get used to the expectations and experience of first team football.
Conte’s ruthlessness will mean his players won’t be allowed to take their foot off the gas, and that behaviour has played a large part in our success so far.
However, no silverware has been won yet, and we may need a silver bullet come Saturday.
Expected line up; Begovic, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Terry, Moses, Ake, Chalobah, Fabregas, Pedro, Willian, Batshuayi.