Middlesbrough v Chelsea
The FA Cup with Budweiser
Fifth Round Proper
7.45pm, Wednesday 27 February 2013
The Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough FC
Winning clubs receive £180,000 from The FA's Prize Fund
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Tony Mowbray hopes Middlesbrough’s track record of performances against Premier League teams can strike again tonight.
The Championship side have beaten Sunderland and narrowly lost to eventual winners Swansea in the League Cup this season.
And now they host FA Cup holders Chelsea at the Riverside in the final tie of the Fifth Round on Wednesday evening, with Mowbray looking for another good performance.
He said: "We’ve acquitted ourselves pretty well in both games against Premier League teams this year.
"We went out in the quarter finals away at Swansea to the eventual winners in a game from which we felt really harshly done by not to come out with a positive result.
"Early on in that game in particular, we were on top and had the better chances.
"And to go to the Stadium of Light and beat Sunderland was a good day for the club.
"It shows the players they can do it, they can go and compete because if Chelsea were playing at Sunderland tonight, you would all expect Sunderland to give them a really tough game and be competitive.
"Here we are, we have beaten Sunderland and why can't Middlesbrough give Chelsea a really tough game and be competitive? I am sure we will be."
Mowbray also knows that the pressure is on his opposite number Rafa Benitez, with Chelsea having struggled to find the consistency they have shown in recent seasons during the current campaign.
The Blues won The Cup last season and with a place in the quarter final and a tie against Manchester United at stake, the Boro boss knows they will be keen on winning at the Riverside.
He added: "That's why I think they will come with a very, very strong side and try to get the job done on the night. The last thing they would want is a replay.
"I have to say, the last thing we would want is a replay as well because the league games are ultimately the most important thing.
"When you manage a club that expects to win every competition it enters, or be very competitive, it's a big game for Chelsea.”
Middlesbrough v Chelsea
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