Chelsea are set to tackle Luton City within the fifth spherical of the FA Cup on Wednesday. Whereas on paper this appears to be like like a simple fixture, this yr’s FA Cup has been filled with upsets.
Championship aspect Nottingham Forest defeated Arsenal and Leicester Metropolis within the third and fourth rounds, respectively. Manchester United had been eradicated by Middlesbrough on penalties within the fourth spherical. Chelsea themselves wanted additional time to safe a victory within the fourth spherical in opposition to Plymouth.
Former Liverpool participant Mark Lawrenson made his prediction for the match between the Blues and Luton on BBC. He stated:
“Luton have had an excellent February, profitable 5 out of six video games within the Championship, and they’re up within the play-off locations after beating Derby on Saturday. When you think about Luton’s wage invoice and finances in comparison with a few of the different groups in that division, you possibly can see what an excellent job Nathan Jones is doing there as supervisor. I like it when golf equipment punch above their weight like that, however it’s asking an terrible lot for Luton to do it once more with an upset right here.”
“Chelsea may simply have gained the Carabao Cup last on Sunday, and I simply really feel they are going to be too sturdy for the Hatters even when Blues boss Thomas Tuchel rotates his squad. Chelsea beat Luton at Stamford Bridge within the fourth spherical final season, on their strategy to the ultimate. There is a totally different venue this time, however I am going for a similar consequence.”
He predicted a 1-2 scoreline in favor of the Blues.
Chelsea may rotate squad within the FA Cup after a grueling Carabao Cup last
The Blues performed out an intense Carabao Cup last in opposition to Liverpool that went into penalties. The London membership finally misplaced the shootout 11-10 with the match taking loads out of each groups.
It was an end-to-end affair that noticed many gamers fatigued even after 90 minutes and go on to play additional time as effectively. Therefore, supervisor Thomas Tuchel may rotate his squad in opposition to Luton City within the FA Cup.
We may see the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Saul Niguez and Callum Hudson-Odoi beginning the match on Wednesday. Nevertheless, the Blues must watch out to not underestimate their opponents. They want to keep away from being one other identify on the upsets listing for this yr’s FA Cup.