FA Cup: Chelsea hosts Peterborough; Plymouth visits Liverpool

Manager Conte confirmed French defender Kurt Zouma, who was sidelined last February due to a serious knee injury, will make a return to the main squad while Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi is expected to lead the lines for the Blues.

Antonio Conte confirmed Chelsea's French defender Kurt Zouma will be in the line-up against Peterborough.   -  Reuters

Chelsea, five points clear in the Premier League, will host Peterborough in the FA Cup third round on Sunday looking to bounce back from seeing its 13-game winning run in the league come to an end on Wednesday at Tottenham. Antonio Conte's team will look to rest some of its regualar starters in the match and will be counting on his fringe players to do the necessary job.

Manager Conte confirmed French defender Kurt Zouma, who has been sidelined since February due to a serious knee injury, will make a return to the main squad while Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi is expected to lead the lines for the Blues.

Speaking in a press-conference, the Italian said: 'He (Zouma) is ready to start. I'm pleased for him. He deserves this. It's a good opportunity for him. His injury was very bad. I knew this, I talked with my club about it in May. For this reason we knew he needed more time.

Conte wants 10 years at top

Chelsea coach Conte also confirmed he wants to stay in top-flight management for at least another decade.

The Italian, who has guided Chelsea to pole position in the Premier League, says the likes of Alex Ferguson at Manchester United and current Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger have set the benchmark for management.

"You are talking about two monsters, two great managers," Conte said.

"I hope to have, not completely their career, but 10 years, yes. It's enough for me. Twenty more years? Now I'm 47. I prefer that my wife (Elisabetta) doesn't listen to this. But in the moment that football is not in our life, I think probably we die."

Liverpool hosts Plymouth

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is expected to field a young squad in the team's match against League Two side Plymouth. After a busy Christmas period, Liverpool will be hoping to cruise to FA Cup fourth round without any glitches.

Goalkeeper Loris Karius, dropped to second choice after couple of howlers, is expected to return while defender Joe Gomez will play his first match for Klopp having been sidelined by a serious knee injury since October 2015.

Striker Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho and defender Joel Matip (all ankle) and James Milner (calf) will all miss the game with captain Jordan Henderson (heel) not expected back until next week's Premier League trip to Manchester United. Forward Sadio Mane has left England to play at the African Nations Cup.

(With inputs from agencies)