Sir Alex Ferguson is yet to surface from his underground bunker after seeing his Manchester United team exit the Champions League on Tuesday.
Eden Hazard fired home a hat-trick against Newcastle.
The Red Devils looks to have executed a perfect game plan against Real Madrid before the unjust sending off essentially denied them a shot at the treble this season and the Scot will still be feeling low coming into this FA Cup encounter.
However, matches between United and Chelsea are always spicy affairs and the bookies reckon that the English champions-elect stand a strong chance of making it to the semi-finals of the competition.
Paddy Power go a best price 5/6 about the Premier League leaders winning the game and Ferguson will be desperate to win the domestic treble in what could be his final season in charge.
The United manager admitted earlier this season that he would like to win another FA Cup, with the club having previously treated the tournament lightly when distracted by other pieces of silverware.
Meanwhile, Chelsea will be looking to take advantage of a potentially flat atmosphere at Old Trafford and the 13/5 with bet365 about an away win could end up looking like a big price.
The Blues have a squad of players that really should be competing for the title with the two Manchester clubs and they will be fired up to retain this trophy after beating Liverpool in last season’s Wembley final.
Rafael Benitez will send out a strong team for this encounter and Coral offer a stand-out 8/1 that Demba Ba breaks the deadlock at a ground where he scored for Newcastle last season. He was the match winner against West Brom last week and will surely be preferred to Fernando Torres.
Benitez isn’t a popular manager at Stamford Bridge although he would like to show the fans up by winning the FA Cup and Europa League, with his team likely to face a weakened United team on Sunday considering many of them still bear battle scars from the encounter with Real Madrid.
Robin van Persie is likely to sit this one out after taking a knock on Tuesday, with Wayne Rooney set to lead the line and the striker will be determined to make an impression after mysteriously being left out of the first team for the Madrid match.
Rooney is 5/1 with William Hill to score the first goal of this encounter and we shouldn’t forget that Shinji Kagawa plundered a hat-trick in United’s last league game against Norwich before being relegated to the bench for the midweek Champions League tussle.
Even so, the 6/4 about Chelsea qualifying looks a decent price, especially if the Blues manage to secure a draw and get the tie back to Stamford Bridge where they eliminated United from the League Cup earlier this season.