By William Hill
24th January 2019
Chelsea rarely let their supporters down when it comes to facing teams from outside of the top flight in the FA Cup.
In fact, the Blues have triumphed in 47 of their last 49 FA Cup ties with opponents not in the Premier League, with only one of these defeats happening in the last decade.
However, with Maurizio Sarri’s side priced up at 2/9 to beat the Owls inside 90 minutes at Stamford Bridge, some digging needs to be done to uncover better value bets for this FA Cup fourth-round encounter.
You’ll be pleased to know that we’ve had the shovels out and found three alternative Chelsea vs Sheffield Wednesday predictions, with none of our trio of FA Cup bets trading at odds on.
Chelsea’s highest scoring half = 2nd half @ 23/20
Sheffield Wednesday are far from the best travellers in the Championship, with only relegation-threatened Ipswich having conceded more on the road in the second tier this term. Wednesday have shipped 26 goals in 14 away fixtures.
This suggests that goals should arrive either side of the interval for Maurizio Sarri’s men, but it is after their half-time oranges when the Owls tend to become most sleepy, inspiring the first of our Chelsea vs Sheffield Wednesday predictions.
The 31 they’ve conceded in the second half is the joint worst in the division, while seven of the last nine goals that Chelsea have netted across all competitions have been converted after the break.
Both goals against Championship club Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup third round also arrived in the second period too.
Chelsea to score 76th minute to full time @ 1/1
Following on from the first of our Chelsea vs Sheffield Wednesday predictions is our second that the Blues should be expected to net at least once in the final 15 minutes of action.
Chelsea have already scored 13 goals in the final 15 minutes of Premier League games this year, which is a tally that only Liverpool can trump among their top-tier peers.
Willian to score anytime @ 17/10
The Brazilian winger may have only scored twice at Stamford Bridge this season and converted five chances in total, but his recent attacking displays suggest a goal is imminent.
Across Chelsea’s last six league games, Willian is matching Eden Hazard for goal attempts (15) and shots on target (seven), while he is only one adrift of the Belgian forward for attempts in the box.
This is despite playing over 100 minutes less than Hazard. Yet, Hazard is odds-on at 7/10 to score in the 90 minutes, which is considerably shorter than the odds available about the Brazilian netting.
This is the 124th meeting in all competitions between Chelsea and Sheffield Wednesday but first since April 2000, a 1-0 win for the Owls at Hillsborough in the Premier League.
Wednesday have been eliminated from eight of their 10 FA Cup ties with Chelsea, last knocking them out in the 1965-66 semi-final.
The Owls are facing the holders of the FA Cup in the competition for the first time since the 1955-56 campaign when they lost 1-3 against Newcastle in the third round.