Chelsea have certainly begun the new year in great fashion by winning a tricky away game at Crystal Palace in a convincing manner. The Blues are now unbeaten in their last four games and that record is expected to continue with Scunthorpe United being their next opponents in the FA cup third round clash.

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Chelsea have a very good record in the FA cup especially in the last 9 years wherein they have won the competition on four occasions.

However, Hiddink will know that a team who was in better form than the current one lost against Bradford City at home in spite of being 2-0 up at one stage. He would certainly tell his players to regard this competition with much more respect since the FA cup is perhaps their only plausible way to win something this season.

The competition is certainly very special to Hiddink given he won the cup in his last reign in 2009 as Chelsea boss.

Scunthorpe United on the other hand have certainly nothing to lose and would be excited to play the Premier league champions at Stamford Bridge. The last time these two teams met was in the FA cup itself in the 2004-05 season wherein the Pensioners went on to win the game comfortably. Hiddink will look to give rest to some of his key players ahead of a hectic schedule of games.

Players like Rahman and Loftus-Cheek may most likely get an opportunity to impress the manager with Costa leading the line, being the only recognized first team striker.

As far as Scunthorpe United is concerned, manager Mark Robins would certainly hope that his leading goal scorer Paddy Madden would be fit in time for the Chelsea game.

Possible Starting Line ups:

Chelsea Starting 11:
Begovic, Rahman, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Zouma, Loftus-Cheek, Matic, Ramires, Pedro, Costa, Oscar

Scunthorpe United Starting 11:
Daniels, Clarke, Canavan, Laird, Mirfin, Bishop, Dawson, Williams, Van Veen, Ness, Madden

Predicted Score: 
Chelsea 4-0 Scunthorpe United