Chelsea v Sheffield Wednesday Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Chelsea v Sheffield Wednesday

FA Cup: Sun, 27/01  Stadium: Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea to be winning at half time and full time is 4/6 with Bet365, and given Wednesday’s porous defence (45 goals conceded in 28 league games) looks a serious option. Gonzalo Higuain is 3/1 to get off to a dream debut and score the first goal with the same firm, whilst Marco Alonso is long overdue a goal and can be backed at 4/1 to score anytime, also with Bet365.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

Fresh from their Carabao Cup success against bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea resume their quest to retain the FA Cup against perennial mid-table Championship side Sheffield Wednesday.

Form guide gives Wednesday some hope

Fresh from their midweek success, Chelsea go into this tie with renewed confidence after a disappointing 2-0 away defeat to bitter rivals Arsenal sparked a positive response. Prior to that, Chelsea’s form through Christmas and the New Year had been patchy at best, with a home defeat and draw against Leicester City and Southampton of particular interest to Sunday’s visitors.

The Owls themselves sit in 16th position in the Championship, eleven points outside the play off spots, but perhaps more importantly for them, ten points outside the relegation places. With just one defeat in their last eight games in all competitions, they certainly won’t be short on confidence or overawed by the occasion, especially given Chelsea’s faltering league form which now has them nervously looking over their shoulder in the race for the Champions League places.

Higuain set to add firepower?

The very public pursuit of Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain finally ended this week with the Juventus striker arriving via cutting short a loan spell at fellow Italian giants AC Milan. Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has previously worked with the striker at their time together with Napoli, and is well versed in the strengths of the forward. Doubts have been raised if at the age of 31, the striker may be past his peak and unable to cope with the intensity and physicality of the the Premier League. If he does make his debut in this tie it should at least afford him the opportunity to bed in gently before Chelsea’s PL campaign resumes again on Wednesday.

Ones to watch for the Owls

Most seasoned top flight fans will not be too familiar on Wednesday’s key players, with many of their squad with little or no experience in England’s top tier. Top scorer Lucas João has eight goals this season and will be Chelsea’s main threat. The Portuguese forward has even won two caps for his national team (admittedly back in 2015), and looks well set to improve on his 2017-18 season haul of nine goals.

Scottish striker Steven Fletcher has some PL experience with previous spells at Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sunderland, but has never been a prolific goalscorer wherever he has plied his trade, with just five goals this season testament to that. In fact it may be a well less known former England U-20 player who may be looking to put himself in the proverbial ‘shop window’. Left winger Adam Reach has seven goals so far this season and has built up a reputation as a solid Championship player, and will be keen to show he can perform against a higher calibre of opposition.

Chelsea depth should prove too much

Despite only having a three day turnaround from their semi-final Carabao Cup clash, Chelsea’s strength in depth should see them be able to rotate their squad and have too much for the visitors. The likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Gonzalo Higuain and Marcos Alonso should find themselves involved and looking to impress, the only question remains whether Sarri looks to rest his talisman Eden Hazard.

Chelsea to be winning at half time and full time is 4/6 with Bet365, and given Wednesday’s porous defence (45 goals conceded in 28 league games) looks a serious option. Gonzalo Higuain is 3/1 to get off to a dream debut and score the first goal with the same firm, whilst Marco Alonso is long overdue a goal and can be backed at 4/1 to score anytime, also with Bet365.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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