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FA Cup: Chelsea vs Scunthorpe preview

Kick off: Sunday, 10 January @14:00 GMT

Venue: Stamford Bridge (London)

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Chelsea vs Scunthorpe 3-1 (2004/2005 FA Cup)

Chelsea vs Scunthorpe prediction

After producing their best performance of the season in a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace, Chelsea will be looking to give the fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Scunthorpe United in the FA Cup last 64 on Sunday.

Hiddink making good tactical changes

Chelsea were struggling under Jose Mourinho in the first half of the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign and, as a result, the Portuguese tactician got fired. Interim managed Guus Hiddink took over the reins and he will certainly give his best to get a permanent job at Stamford Bridge. The Dutch coach decided to give a chance to John Obi Mikel, who was in Nemanja Matic’s shadow under Jose Mourinho, and his decision proved fruitful at the weekend as Chelsea crushed Crystal Palace (3-0) at Selhurst Park. The Blues, though, still sit in the danger zone in the Premier League standings and they need to keep on winning if they are to rejoin the race for a place in European competitions. On the other hand, Guus Hiddink’s men have big ambitions for the 2015/2016 FA Cup campaign and I am positive that they will go all guns blazing at Scunthorpe United when the two sides take on each other at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Diego Costa should lead the line for the hosts despite being involved in a clash with Oscar in training.

Falcao, who is likely to end his Chelsea stay, remains in the recovery room. Eden Hazard picked up an injury against Crystal Palace and he is ruled out for two weeks. Summer signing Pedro is likely to replace the Belgian ace in the starting XI.

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Uphill task for the Iron

By beating the likes of Southend United and Leyton Orient Scunthorpe United set up a meeting with Chelsea in the FA Cup round of 64. The Iron are on a three-game unbeaten run in League One, but they have not been impressive in front of goal of late, netting only three goals in previous four league games. It has been five years since Scunthorpe faced a Premier League side in the FA Cup and you should have in mind that they were demolished by Everton at their Glanford Park back then (1-5). The visitors do not want history to repeat itself at Stamford Bridge, but they are regarded as big underdogs on paper ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup game. Anyhow, the League One side will adopt a defence-minded approach against Chelsea and it remains to be seen if they are capable of making a miracle in London. Paddy Madden is the team’s top scorer (11 goals), but I do not believe that the opposition defenders will have their work cut out for them when facing the Irish attacker.

Gary McSheffrey and Tom Hooper both missed the Wigan Athletic game at the weekend and they are unlikely to recover in time to face Chelsea on Sunday.

Quick Facts

  • Chelsea scored five goals in previous two home games
  • Blues are eyeing their eight FA Cup trophy
  • Guus Hiddink’s men suffered a shocking loss to Bradford City in the FA Cup last term
  • Scunthorpe United failed to score in previous two away games in FA Cup
  • The Iron are on a four-game unbeaten run on the road

Chelsea vs Scunthorpe betting tip

Chelsea are eager to save the season by winning the FA Cup trophy and I am positive that Guus Hiddink is going to field the best possible side against Scunthorpe United. The Blues are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that they recorded a 3-1 win over the Iron in their only previous meeting in the competition, there is every chance the Premier League side will emerge triumphant in Sunday’s clash.

Tip: Chelsea/Chelsea

Odds: 1.70 (7/10) @Unibet

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