The Blues will seek to bounce back from their poor run of form and avoid a big FA Cup shock in Sunday’s third-round tie.

Frank Lampard’s side go into the contest at Stamford Bridge on the back of simply one win in their last 7 matches throughout all competitions amid speculation over the manager’s future.

Defeat to fourth-tier Morecambe would be potentially devastating for Lampard, who will hope the match can be used as an opportunity for some of his struggling players to make a case for regular addition in the Premier League.

The Shrimps presently sit simply outside the play-off areas in League Two and beat non-league duo Maldon and Solihull Moors to advance through to the third round of the FA Cup.

Today’s meeting will be the very first between Chelsea and Morecambe, who are separated in the football pyramid by 66 places – not quite Marine vs Tottenham levels, however still David vs Goliath area.

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