With Premier League action put to one side, this weekend marks one of English football’s most iconic weekends. The return of the FA Cup 3rd round where all teams dream of lifting the cup in May at Wembley Stadium.
The journey begins this Saturday as the blues take on Preston North-End from the Championship. Our opponents currently sit 14th in the Championship but are only 5 points off the play-off places.
The referee for this weekends cup tie is Thomas Bramall with Tony Harrington being on VAR. Unlike the Carabao Cup, the competition has VAR in place at all Premier League grounds.
Thomas Bramall has taken charge of one Chelsea game this season and that was in the Carabao Cup when Chelsea knocked out Brighton.
This remains his only experience with Chelsea.
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