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Will Manchester City field a weakened side versus Chelsea?

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The BBC's decision to move Manchester City's FA Cup 5th Round trip to Stamford Bridge for television purposes to Sunday February 21 might force Manuel Pellegrini to field a weakened side. The Citizens have a Wednesday showdown in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 in Ukraine against Dynamo Kyiv and then play in the League Cup Final at Wembley against :Liverpool

"I don't know what Chelsea are thinking about that," Pellegrini said. "But I'm sure that if they had to play on Saturday they would have no argument not to do it because they play four days before in the Champions League and after that they don't have a midweek game, so for them it's a normal day to play on the Saturday.

"I suppose but I don't know what Chelsea are thinking. But if one club asks for another team to play that day, personally I would not have any problems."

How seriously would you take the FA Cup considering City's injury problems and two must-win matches later that week?