Cobblers will play Chelsea at Sixfields if they can win FA Cup replay at Milton Keynes

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The Cobblers will entertain Barclays Premier League champions Chelsea in the fourth round of the FA Cup if they can beat MK Dons in next week’s third round replay.

Town will travel to stadiummk on Tuesday night knowing a victory against their Sky Bet Championship hosts will set up a crackerjack of a tie at Sixfields.

Cobblers boss Chris Wilder

Cobblers boss Chris Wilder

The two teams drew the original match 2-2 at Sixfields on Saturday, and both will now be desperate to progress.

In a nerve-wracking draw on The One Show on BBC1, the Cobblers and MK Dons were the second last ball to be drawn out by presenter Matt Baker.

With four balls left in the pot, the Cobblers or Dons were staring at the prospect of playing Bury or Bradford, Hull City, or Chelsea - and once Wright set up Hull’s trip to Gigg Lane or Valley Parade the Cobblers and Dons fans knew they would be one win away from taking on Guus Hiddink’s men.

It was then just a case of whether it would be at Sixfields or Stamford Bridge, and Baker ensured that whoever wins next week’s replay will host the champions of England.

That is a huge incentive for both clubs.

The Cobblers have been told they can have up to 6,000 tickets for the replay, and with prices just £10 for season ticket holders and £12 for general sale, the staff at the Sixfields ticket office can expect a rush on sales.

More than 1,000 had already been sold before the draw was made.

Chelsea have struggled by their high standards this season, and last month they parted company with manager Jose Mourinho, but they still possess a squad full of top-class players such as Eden Hazard, Oscar, Willian, Diego Costa, John Terry, Thibaut Courtois, Cesc Fabregas and more.