Since becoming the first team to lift the FA Cup at the new Wembley Stadium in May 2007, Chelsea have returned an excellent record of: W15, D3, L1, from home FA Cup ties against lower-league opposition. The club’s last three FA Cup home wins against lower-league opposition have also come with a clean sheet.
If bringing Premier League (PL) form into the mix, the signs point to Chelsea winning with ease, as the ‘Blues’ have scored in each half (and ‘won’ the second) in all of their last five home PL wins. That said, only one of Chelsea’s last three FA Cup home wins over lower-league opposition has seen them score in both halves.
The crux of Sheffield Wednesday’s success on the road seems to be scoring first, as they have gone on to lose by a margin of over 1.5 goals in the last three away games where they have conceded the opener. This probably lends extra importance to the fact that Sheffield Wednesday have scored first in seven of their last nine matches across all competitions.
CHELSEA VS SHEFFIELD 281.2019
This tie represents the first competitive meeting between the sides since Sheffield Wednesday’s PL relegation in 2000. Sheffield Wednesday teams are without victory here since January 1993, and the ‘Owls’ last made it to the fifth round in consecutive years back in the days of Danny Wilson’s stewardship (1998-2000).
Players to watch: N’Golo Kanté (CHE) answered his critics with a goal in his last outing here, whileAtdhe Nuhiu has opened the scoring in two of Sheffield Wednesday’s last three away matches.
Stat attack: Five of Chelsea’s last seven matches (in all competitions) have produced under 2.5 total match goals.
January 2011 is the last time Sheffield Wednesday won a FA Cup away tie against higher-league opposition.
Four of the last five H2H meetings have produced under 2.5 total match goals.
Referee: Marriner A. (Eng),
Venue: Stamford Bridge (London)