Competition: FA Cup Third Round – Chelsea vs. Scunthorpe United
Venue: Stamford Bridge – Sunday, January 10 – 14:00 GMT (09:00 ET)
Match Odds: Chelsea 2/9 – Draw 5/1 – Scunthorpe 12/1
Chelsea welcome League One side Scunthorpe United to Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon in the third round of the FA Cup.
The Blues appear to have started their recovery to their shocking season and this is a chance to regain some more confidence and pick up back to back wins.
Interim manager Guus Hiddink has steadied the sinking ship at Chelsea so far, but there is much more work to be done. A decent run in the FA Cup could be just what they need to get going.
Chelsea played out their best performance of the season last weekend in their 3-0 win over Crystal Palace, they had an air of confidence about them but it’s far too early to suggest things are getting back to normal.Embed from Getty Images
Scunthorpe United faced Chelsea in the FA Cup back in 2005 at Stamford Bridge and were on the receiving end of a 3-1 loss that day.
They can come to the Bridge this time around with a nothing to lose attitude and will be filled with confidence given Chelsea’s form this campaign.
Manager Mark Robins will be pleased with his sides form of late, they’ve only lost once in their last seven outings. They come into the game off the back of a 1-1 draw with Wigan Athletic and are unbeaten in three.Embed from Getty Images
Chelsea’s last five: W/D/L/L/W
Watford’s last five: L/W/W/W/W
Key Stat: Chelsea have won the FA Cup four times in the last ten years, this is clearly their best chance of silverware this season. Hiddink won the FA Cup in his previous spell as interim manager and he will be setting his sights on repeating that feat.
Key Player: Diego Costa – The Chelsea frontman has had a poor season by his standards, but he has looked sharp and appears to have his goalscoring touch back. This is a great opportunity for him to continue his scoring run and prove he can provide on all fronts for the Blues.
Chelsea 3-0 Scunthorpe – Chelsea to advance to the next round of the cup in a game they really should win comfortably. If they can reproduce their form of last weekend they will continue their recovery, which is going to be a long and slow process. Stranger things have happened in the FA Cup though, so don’t rule out the not so unthinkable.