Chelsea v Sheffield Wednesday Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 27/01/19
Rajan Hothi (@RajanHothi_) previews Chelsea v Sheffield Wednesday and provides us with his best bets for Sunday’s FA Cup clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Chelsea v Sheffield Wednesday Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 27/01/19
- Time: 18:00
- Venue: Stamford Bridge
- Channel: BBC One
Fresh from their penalty shootout win against Tottenham midweek, Chelsea will be looking to progress in another cup competition as they host Championship outfit Sheffield Wednesday.
Chelsea beat Spurs 4-2 on penalties on Thursday night to set up a Carabao Cup final clash with Manchester City.
Maurizio Sarri will be keen to win a trophy in his first season at the club and with his side 13 points off table-toppers Liverpool, the FA Cup and Carabao Cup look to be the Italian’s most reasonable chances of winning a trophy this season.
Chelsea beat Nottingham Forest in the third-round with Alvaro Morata bagging a second-half brace for the Blues.
Visitors Sheffield Wednesday have struggled for consistency this season as the Owls currently occupy 16th spot in the Championship, however, Wednesday come into the cup clash fresh off a home win against Wigan.
Luton took Wednesday to a replay in the previous round, but a goal from Atdhe Nuhiu was enough for the Owls to progress to the fourth-round.
New signing Gonzalo Higuain could make his Chelsea debut after he completed his loan move from Juventus.
Sarri is expected to name a rotated side from the one which beat Spurs midweek, so expect to see Chelsea’s younger players start with Ampadu and Hudson-Odoi possibly featuring.
Rubem Loftus-Cheek could find himself back in the starting eleven following his recent back injury.
Wednesday will be without Gary Hooper, Kieran Lee and Michael Hector who will all be forced to miss out. Matt Penney is out until April, but Spurs loanee Josh Onomah could return ahead of schedule.
Potential Chelsea Starting XI: Caballero, Zappacosta, Christensen, Luiz, Emerson, Ampadu, Drinkwater, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Higuain
Potential Sheffield Wednesday Starting XI: Westwood, Palmer, Lees, Thorniley, Fox, Hutchinson, Matias, Reach, Bannan, Boyd, Fletcher
Head To Head
- Chelsea 37, Draws 45, Sheffield Wednesday 41
- Sheffield Wednesday only won one of last 13 games against Chelsea.
- First game between the two sides since April 2000.
- The Owls have only won two of their 10 FA Cup ties against Chelsea.
Key Stats & Facts
- Chelsea’s last round-four defeat came in 2014-15 where League One Bradford City ran out 4-2 winners at Stamford Bridge.
- This last game between these two ended in a 1-0 win for Wednesday.
- The last non-Premier League side Chelsea lost to in the FA Cup was Bradford in 2015.
- Sheffield Wednesday’s last FA Cup win against Chelsea came in the semi-finals in the 1965-66 campaign.
- Chelsea 6/25
- Draw 13/2
- Sheffield Wednesday 12/1
With Gonzalo Higuain looking likely to make his Chelsea debut against Wednesday, the 31-year-old will be keen to make a good first impression in front of the hopeful home crowd.
Chelsea will be taking the cup competitions seriously with the Premier League out of reach, and while there will be changes it will still be a very strong Chelsea side who are capable of putting the Owls to the sword.
Wednesday aren’t particularly high scorers and it wouldn’t surprise me to see them struggle to break down a well-drilled Chelsea back-line.
Chelsea should be able to make light work of their Championship opponents and with the extra firepower of Higuain up front, it should be a comfortable evening for the Blues.