Chelsea v Sheffield Wednesday Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
January 23, 2019
Stamford Bridge - FA Cup
Reigning FA Cup holders Chelsea welcome a Sheffield Wednesday side who are somewhat in limbo to Stamford Bridge this weekend. The Owls are waiting for Steve Bruce to take over at the start of February, but they’d have little chance here even with him in charge.
These two clubs haven’t met since the 1999/2000 campaign, when each team won their home game without conceding. Wednesday didn’t win any of the 11 meetings before their victory in the most recent match between the sides, although seven of them finished as draws.
Gonzalo Higuain could make his debut for Chelsea in this game, while Maurizio Sarri will surely make other changes to his starting XI like he did in the last round against Nottingham Forest. This game’s in the middle of a busy week for the Blues, with Thursday’s League Cup tie with Tottenham and a midweek Premier League game coming up. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is the only player out injured for the hosts.
The away team meanwhile are missing Gary Hooper, Josh Onomah and Kieran Lee from their squad due to injuries. The Owls will also be without their player of the month for December, Michael Hector. The Jamaican defender is a on loan at Hillsborough from Chelsea and cannot play against his parent club - which also happened to him last season when on loan at Hull.
Chelsea v Sheffield Wednesday Preview and Predictions
Wednesday come into this game under the guidance of caretaker boss Steve Agnew, following Jos Luhukay’s sacking last month. Things have improved since the managerial change, with Wednesday on a run of only one defeat in their last eight games. They’ve won their last two, but that won’t count for much against this Chelsea team on Sunday.
The Blues are huge favourites in the betting, priced at 2/9. They saw off Championship opposition at Stamford Bridge in the third round and they should have more than enough to do the same here - even if Sarri rings the changes.
As well as a being a busy week, it’s also an important one for the Chelsea boss. The Italian criticised his players both heavily and publicly after their meek surrender at Arsenal last weekend, and this game will be an indicator of whether his team’s going to respond positively to that or not.
If they come out with all guns blazing, then even at 12/1 Sheffield Wednesday don’t look at all attractive. However, Chelsea are renowned for downing tools when things aren’t going well for their manager. If they do that this weekend, then the Owls might be able to claim a draw and a replay, and that’s priced at 6/1.
Chelsea to win to nil at 11/10
The hosts should win this game comfortably against a team 16th in the Championship, and this bet would mirror their result from the last round.
Chelsea to win and under 2.5 goals at 16/5
Wednesday have kept five clean sheets in their last eight matches, while there’s been under 2.5 goals in Chelsea’s last four FA Cup ties.