Blues Name Unchanged Side


Roberto Martinez has named an unchanged team for this afternoon's Emirates FA Cup fifth round meeting with Bournemouth.

The Blues boss does welcome back John Stones to the bench after a hamstring injury however, while January arrival Oumar Niasse could be in line for debut after overcoming a wrist problem to also be named among the substitutes.

As revealed by Martinez on Thursday, Joel Robles starts in goal for the sixth successive game behind a defence of Seamus Coleman, Bryan Oviedo, Ramiro Funes Mori and skipper Phil Jagielka.

Ahead of them come Gareth Barry and James McCarthy, the duo anchoring a front four of Aaron Lennon, Tom Cleverley, Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku.


Bournemouth starting XI: Federici, Francis, Elphick, Distin, Daniels, Iturbe, O’Kane, Macdonald, Gosling, Stanislas, King.

Bournemouth substitutes: Boruc, Wiggins, Smith, Butcher, Pugh, Ritchie, Murray.

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