CHELSEA take on League Two side Morecambe in their first FA Cup clash of the season.
The Blues made it to last year's final but lost 2-1 to Arsenal in the Wembley showpiece.
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What time does Chelsea vs Morecambe kick-off?
- Morecambe's visit to London will get underway from 1.30pm UK time on Sunday, January 10.
- The game will take place at Stamford Bridge.
- There will be no fans in attendance because of the nationwide lockdown.
What channel is it on and can it be live streamed?
- Chelsea's home clash with Morecambe will be shown live on the BBC iPlayer and across all of the BBC's digital platforms.
- You can also view the game on the Red Button.
- The action is available for streaming on your mobile or tablet device.
Can I watch for FREE?
- Yes, the game is free to watch, so long as you can access the BBC iPlayer or a Red Button.
- You can download the BBC iPlayer onto a mobile or tablet device, as well as a Smart TV.
Chelsea have just one fitness concern in young right-back Reece James ahead of their FA Cup clash with Morecambe.
James injured has had knee and hamstring issues over the last month and he was rushed back for the Boxing Day loss to Arsenal.
He didn't play in the loss to Manchester City at the weekend and manager Frank Lampard won't want to risk him for the Morecambe game.
The Blues have no suspensions to worry about ahead of the match at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea – 1/14
Draw – 12/1
Morecambe – 28/1
*Odds courtesy of Ladbrokes and correct at time of publication.
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The is the first time Chelsea and Morecambe have faced each other.
Unsurprisingly, history favours Chelsea at this point in the competition; the Blues have progressed from their third-round tie in every season since 97/98.That year, they were dumped out of the FA Cup at the hands of Manchester United.
Morecambe, meanwhile, have reached the third round for the fourth time but have never progressed any further.
In fact, they lost all three meetings without scoring a goal.
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MAGIC OF THE CUP
Chelsea welcome League Two outfit Morecambe to Stamford Bridge this afternoon but look likely to field a young squad for the clash.
Frank Lampard's side are without N'Golo Kante, Andreas Christensen and Reece James, as they're all suffering with injuries so three debutants could feature instead.
Lewis Bate, Henry Lawrence and Valentino Livramento could be given their first start for the club, as they face The Shrimps who have just endured a Covid-19 lockdown.
Derek Adams boasts a fully fit side, but has had his players isolating for ten days after an outbreak within the camp.
Speaking ahead of the game, the Morecambe manager said: "They'll all be really excited to go to Stambridge Bridge and play.
"So on the day, they have to stick to the gameplan and then they will obviously get opportunities in the game.
"When those opportunities come along, it's how clinical can they be in front of goal."
Lampard will hope that his side's performance in the cup is better than what they've been producing in the Premier League of late.
Chelsea endured a miserable festive period, losing to Arsenal and Manchester City, they only managed to pick up a point in their meeting with Aston Villa.
While many have questioned if Lampard is the man for the job, he is confident that his side can recover from this rocky period.
The Blues boss said: "I don't think there was a season I played at this club, for all the success we had over the years, where we didn't have difficult moments."
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