FA Cup scores LIVE: Team news and line-ups before Chelsea vs Plymouth, West Ham vs Kidderminster today

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Chelsea host Plymouth in a classic FA Cup tie between Premier League giants and the third-tier side


It promises to be a wonderful weekend of FA Cup football with a number of fascinating fourth round ties.

The lunchtime kick-offs see European champions Chelsea host League One outfit Plymouth Argyle, as well as non-league Kidderminster entertaining the Premier League’s West Ham. Kiddy can be seen most weekends in the sixth-tier National League North and were forced to start this season’s competition in the second qualifying round stage, meaning Russell Penn’s side have had to negotiate six matches to reach this stage.

Steven Schumacher’s Pilgrims travel to Stamford Bridge after upsetting Birmingham in the third round, while Thomas Tuchel’s Blues will hope to make it third time lucky in the cup after being upset in back-to-back finals to Arsenal and Leicester, despite rebounding to lift their second European Cup days later. Chesterfield were thrashed last time out at the Bridge, underlining the task that Plymouth faced this afternoon.

“It’s a bit daunting to be honest,” Schumacher told BBC Sport. “I’m under no illusions that it’s going to be a difficult afternoon, but I just want to embrace it and enjoy it as best as possible. I was in St George’s Park on my pro license and immediately went ‘yes’ when we got Chelsea away and then thought ‘oh my God, we’re going up against the European champions away from home’. You’ve got to try and enjoy it, put a plan together for your team and go there and give it your all.”

Follow live minute-by-minute updates from both cup ties, plus build-up, team news, analysis and reaction below:


FA Cup fourth round: Chelsea vs Plymouth Argyle team changes

Thomas Tuchel makes fives changes to the Chelsea team that cruised past Chesterfield 5-1 in the last round of the FA Cup. Kepa Arrizabalaga returns in goal with Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta back in the team. Mason Mount and Jorginho both get starts as Timo Werner drops to the bench and Christian Pulisic is rested.

There are three changes to the Plymouth team that beat Birmingham in the last round. James Bolton, Ryan Hardie and Adam Randell drop out with James Wilson, Panutche Camara and Luke Jephcott coming in to replace them.

Michael Jones5 February 2022 11:49


FA Cup fourth round: Chelsea vs Plymouth Argyle line-ups

Chelsea XI: Arrizabalaga, Rudiger, Christensen, Sarr, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kovacic, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech, Mount, Lukaku

Plymouth Argyle XI: Cooper, Edwards, Wilson, Scarr, Gillesphey, Grant, Camara, Houghton, Mayor, Jephcott, Garrick

Michael Jones5 February 2022 11:43


FA Cup fourth round: Kidderminster vs West Ham team changes

Kidderminster manager Russell Penn makes just one change from the team that defeated Reading in the FA Cup third round as Matt Preston comes into the team in place of Keziah Martin.

David Moyes meanwhile makes five changes to his West Ham team that beat Leeds 2-0 in the last round. Kurt Zouma is back in defense with Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek both rested in favor of Mark Noble and Alex Kral. Manuel Lanzini and Michail Antonio drop out with Said Benrahma and Andriy Yarmolenko back in the starting XI.

Michael Jones5 February 2022 11:40


FA Cup fourth round: Kidderminster vs West Ham line-ups

Kidderminster XI: Simpson, Penny, Nathan, Bajrami, Richards, Preston, Carrington, Hemmings, Austin, Sterling-James, Morgan-Smith

West Ham XI: Areola, Fredericks, Zouma, Diop, Johnson, Noble, Kral, Vlasic, Benrahma, Bowen, Yarmolenko

Michael Jones5 February 2022 11:32


FA Cup fourth round: What’s in store today

As mentioned before there are 12 cup fixtures taking place today starting with Chelsea vs Plymouth and Kidderminster vs West Ham kicking off at 12.30pm.

Then at 3pm we have: Crystal Palace vs Hartlepool, Everton vs Brentford, Huddersfield vs Barnsley, Man City vs Fulham, Peterborough vs QPR, Southampton vs Coventry, Stoke vs Wigan and Wolves vs Norwich

Cambridge host Luton for a 5.30pm kick off and closing out the day is an all Premier League clash between Tottenham and Brighton at 8pm.

Michael Jones5 February 2022 11:24


FA Cup fourth round: Tuchel opting for strength over youth

Despite having used several Academy players in cup games this season Thomas Tuchel is preparing a strong squad for today’s FA Cup tie with League One side Plymouth Argyle.

I have explained that decision by saying:

This game is not about the youngsters. It is about being ready again after one week break and one week of training. It’s about being ready to win the next game and restart the engines. ‘

“All the respect to the young guys, I’m happy with them when we needed them, they performed very well, but the professional squad will take care of the Plymouth game.”

Michael Jones5 February 2022 11:21


FA Cup fourth round: Remembering the great ‘cup teams’ who wrote FA Cup folklore

It is another event from FA Cup history that is almost unimaginable now. The last moments of the 1979 final may have been deflating for Manchester United, but the homecoming was anything but.

The team had come back from being 2-0 down as late as the 86th minute, to make it 2-2, only for Alan Sunderland to score a winner for Arsenal in the 89th. Not that you’d have guessed it from the scenes in Manchester.

It’s a sentiment that puts a different spin on some of the assessments of that era, that these Arsenal and United sides were mere “cup teams”.

These were the sides never quite consistent enough to win the league, but could be as good as anyone on any given day. It meant they were often involved and victorious on FA Cup final day.

That they all played with a verve and excitement – ​​if also an erraticness – greatly added to their charm, and fitted with the folklore of the competition.

Where did all the great FA Cup teams go?

Sides not consistent enough to win the league became knockout specialists in the FA Cup, like Bolton in the 1920s, Arsenal in 1970s, and Spurs and Manchester United in the 1980s, writes Miguel Delaney

Michael Jones5 February 2022 11:15


FA Cup fourth round: Plymouth Argyle boss on facing Chelsea

Plymouth Argyle manager Steven Schumacher spoke about the chance to face Chelsea in the FA Cup and he hopes his players can do the team ‘justice’. Schumacher says that he has a gameplan for the match but knows his side are the underdogs. He said:

Chelsea are a top, top team. They’re the European Champions and are doing well in the Premier League as well.

“We are going there as massive underdogs, but we have a game plan, we want to go there and do ourselves justice.

“We want to put in a performance to make our fans proud.”

Michael Jones5 February 2022 11:11


FA Cup fourth round: Kidderminster Harriers vs West Ham

David Moyes says his squad is ‘fresh’ for today’s FA Cup tie at Kidderminster but there are a few players missing. West Ham are without Angelo Ogbonna who has a knee injury and Michail Antonio will miss the game after only arriving back in the UK on Thursday from international duty.

Saïd Benrahma is available again after representing Algeria at the Africa Cup of Nations and a number of youngsters have been training with the first-team squad this week so could be in contention to start.

Michael Jones5 February 2022 11:07


FA Cup fourth round: Chelsea vs Plymouth Argyle team news

Chelsea are without number one goalkeeper Edouard Mendy who remains at the Africa Cup of Nations and manager Thomas Tuchel confirmed that the Blues were also without Ben Chilwell, Reece James and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Thiago Silva and Christian Pulisic missed training and are doubtful for the game as well.

Plymouth Argyle’s Brendan Galloway and George Cooper are long term injury concerns and on loan defender Romoney Crichlow is cup tied.

Steven Sessegnon could make his debut having arrived on loan from Fulham on deadline day and Adam Randell is in contention after coming through a concussion test.

Michael Jones5 February 2022 11:01


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