That said, the match against Birmingham is not a easy one as it looks on paper going by Birmingham’s last few seasons in the league where they have either struggled with relegation dogfight although the season or been relegated. But this season, under new owners they are now on a 15 match unbeaten run. A run that included games against Chelsea and Manchester United. Indeed the last match Chelsea played against Birmingham ended in 0-0 draw and that signified City’s approaches to games now. Solid and not conceding seems to be the mantra, though much of it has to be credited to the brilliant Joe Hart, who is one player Chelsea need to be looking at given the frailties of Petr Cech in recent months.
For tonight’s game Ancelotti has pretty much the full squad to choose from with the exception of Belletti who was injured in the FA cup match against Preston North End. One relief for Carlo Ancelotti is that Frank Lampard is fit again after being taken off in the same game with what looked to be a muscle injury. Drogba and Kalou have arrived from the Africans Nation Cup though this match should come a bit too soon for them. Ancelotti has stuck to the policy of naming the starting line-up though no one has a clue to why he is doing it. And no surprises there as Ashley Cole, Carvalho, Joe Cole and Malouda return to the line up.