Manchester City are all set to host Chelsea on Saturday in a pivotal fifth-round FA Cup showdown.
With only 16 clubs remaining heading into the weekend, Saturday's winner will have an excellent shot at hoisting the trophy in May.
While the Citizens will have the advantage of playing on their home pitch, where they have been explosive all season long, the Blues will possess the psychological advantage, having already defeated City at the Etihad once in 2014.
Chelsea's 1-0 Premier League triumph on Feb. 3 ended City's remarkable run at home and has the Blues believing they can survive and advance on Saturday.
With the stage set for an epic battle, let's get you ready with everything you need to know.
Date: Saturday, February 15, 2014
Start Time (U.S.): 12:15 p.m. ET
Start Time (U.K.): 5:15 p.m. GMT
Where: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
Watch (U.S.): Fox Sports 2
Live Stream (U.S.): Fox Soccer 2Go
Player to Watch: Eden Hazard
With Fernandinho and Sergio Aguero set to miss Saturday's match, Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard will be a must-watch throughout.
The 23-year-old attacking midfielder has been on a tear of late, recording a hat trick in the Blues' 3-0 win over Newcastle on Feb. 8 and boasting 14 goals in 34 appearances in all competitions in 2013-14.
Following his dominant performance against the Magpies, Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho had high praise for his young superstar, per ESPN FC:
He is special. I don't want to compare him with the monsters, because the monsters have 10 years of career, winning trophies, scoring goals; I think it's not fair for the monsters and it's not fair for the kid to make that comparison.
But I don't see a better young player. I think in this moment he's the best young player in the world.
Assuming Hazard will make an appearance on Saturday, the Belgian will instrumental to Chelsea's success and will be an entertaining watch nonetheless.
Although City will be lacking some significant firepower on Saturday, the revenge factor and a banged-up John Terry are likely to propel the Citizens through to the final eight.
Keep in mind that City have won 12 of their last 15 FA Cup matches and have outscored their previous two FA Cup opponents by a combined mark of 9-2. Therefore, if City are able to get on the board early, it could be a long day for Chelsea.
As Opta Sports on Twitter points out, City are among the most accurate squads this season:
But the Citizens' defensive prowess can't be overlooked either. While Chelsea are the more stout unit on that end, the two clubs are tied for second in the Premier League in fewest goals conceded at home, with each having surrendered just nine in total in league play. As a result, Chelsea can't expect anything to come easy in the final third.
Manchester City 3, Chelsea 1
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