THERE is every chance the Blues will be knocked off the top of the league again this weekend, but that will not matter too much if they can win Saturday's tea-time FA Cup semi-final.
Chelsea can do nothing about Man United's Sunday clash at Blackburn that could see them lose the pole position gained so impressively at Old Trafford last week, but they can keep their Double ambitions on track.
Carlo Ancelotti kept the same starting XI in Manchester as the one that demolished Villa 7-1 at the Bridge a week earlier and the temptation may be to repeat the trick.
However, Didier Drogba's vital contribution after coming off the bench last week – added to his amazing Wembley scoring record - makes it unlikely that he will start the game on the sidelines.
The Ivorian scored twice in last year's semi-final win over Arsenal as well as in the final itself and also netted in the Carling Cup defeat to Spurs in 2008.
If Drogba starts, the Chelsea boss will be back to the dilemma of whether to play Nicolas Anelka as well and if so, whether to accommodate the Frenchman wide on the right to keep to his preferred 4-3-3 formation, or to switch to 4-4-2.
Branislav Ivanovic could be recalled at right-back after his knee injury, but there is no prospect of any of the other injured players returning. Michael Essien will not feature until May at the earliest, while Ashley Cole and Ricardo Carvalho remain sidelined with ankle injuries.
The last time the teams met at Wembley was in the last season at the old stadium when Roberto Di Matteo's goal won a dull 2000 FA Cup final.
The Blues have lost only two of the last 13 clashes between the sides.