Prediction and odds for the game: Luton (15/2) vs Chelsea (4/11)
We are backing Chelsea half-time/full-time at odds of 11/10
When: Wednesday 2 March 2022, Kick-off 19:15
Where: Kenilworth Road
On Wednesday night, Luton Town host Chelsea at Kenilworth Road in the fifth road of the FA Cup, in what could be a classic FA Cup tie.
The Hatters have enjoyed an incredible rise up the football pyramid in the last decade. Their rise could become even more incredible as Nathan Jones’s team are currently in the play-off spots in the Championship.
Winning promotion to the Premier League would be an incredible achievement for a club that has not featured in the English top-flight since 1992. They were playing non-league football as recently as 2014.
The FA Cup may be low on Luton’s priority list this season, but the home team will be keen to continue their recent good run of form. Town have won six of their last seven games in all competitions.
They have beaten Harrogate Town 4-0 and Cambridge United 3-0 to get to the fifth round of the competition. The Hatters have a good recent home record in the FA Cup too, winning seven of their last eight games in the competition on home soil.
Fresh from their Carabao Cup defeat on penalty kicks to Liverpool, the Blues must bounce back quickly to avoid this potentially dangerous banana skin of a tie.
Despite the 11-10 penalty kick defeat against Liverpool, Chelsea are unbeaten in 90 in their last eight games in all competitions. They have already recently picked up silverware by winning the FIFA Club World Cup. Thomas Tuchel’s team will be keen to still be in with a chance of picking up another piece of silverware by progressing into the next round of this competition.
The FA Cup has become something of a favourite trophy for Chelsea, as the Blues have won the famous old competition on eight occasions. Only Arsenal and Manchester United have won the competition more than the team from south west London.
Chelsea have a decent recent record in the FA Cup, as they have won seven of their last eight games in the competition. The only blip in that run was a 1-0 defeat against Leicester in last season’s final.
Thomas Tuchel is likely to rotate his squad for this clash after their weekend exertions. The likes of Timo Werner, Romelu Lukaku and Reece James could start after only coming off the bench in the final.
This game is what the FA Cup is all about, as a lower league team faces one of the top teams in the country. Luton are likely to give a good account of themselves, but we believe the visitor’s superior quality should shine through.
The away win offers little value though, so we are backing Chelsea to be winning at half-time and full-time. The other bet we are backing is over 2.5 goals scored, as we believe this could be a high-scoring encounter.
Our Tips: Chelsea half-time/full-time at odds of 11/10 and/or over 2.5 goals scored at odds of 8/11. (All odds are taken from Bet365).
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