Chelsea will look to rebound following an embarrassing loss at the hands of Leicester City midweek. The Blues are set to play host to Luton Town in the FA Cup as they look to secure a second date with Barnsley this season. After a crushing defeat in the competition’s final last season, Frank Lampard’s side is looking for redemption and to secure a first—and maybe only—bit of silverware for the boss.
Here is how The Pride of London staff sees the game against Luton playing out:
Scott Brant: 3-0 Chelsea
Chelsea will win and here’s to hoping it kicks off another unbeaten run that rivals the first run earlier in the season. Luton will pumped up as it has nothing to lose. It will be 2-0 for a large chunk of the match with a sub scoring one late. On to the next win.
Abhishek Pancholi: 4-0 Chelsea
If we can’t smash these, what even is the point of cup competitions?
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Tan Yi Hao: 4-0 Chelsea
What’s there not to love about a chance to potentially come away with a big win to distract us all from the doom and gloom that currently surrounds the club?
Olly Smith: 3-0 Chelsea
When a team this far below the Blues plays them, it’s nearly always the same: exceedingly high expectations to romp away with victory with their opponents trying to match the Blues’ intensity before setting up two packed lines of defence. It will be a task, but Chelsea will hold Luton at an arm’s length. Goals from Tammy Abraham, Emerson and a late Timo Werner strike.
Vansh Ambashta: 4-0 Chelsea
Lampard needs to win this, and needs to do it convincingly. The Blues will win—period.
Olaoluwa Nwobodo: 3-0 Chelsea
The Blues need to go on a consistent winning run starting tomorrow. Lampard is likely to field a stronger team than is expected or necessary. The Chelsea players are out of confidence and they just need wins and goals. The Blues got to the final of this competition last season, but couldn’t get it over the line. They’ll be hoping to do that this season.
Jake Brigstock: 2-0 Chelsea
Let’s hope the FA Cup can provide another opportunity for us to get going again. If the Morecambe game was anything to go by, I’d expect a hybrid of fringe players and first teamers, to hopefully play a few players into some form. Callum Hudson-Odoi to net if he features, and let’s hope if he plays, Werner can end his goal drought. Luton is a decent team, so I wouldn’t expect as many goals as against Morecambe. They’ll be more organised and will dig in more effectively to make it as difficult as possible for us. We may have to be patient. Come on the Chels, let’s have this as a springboard for an upturn in form; ’cause we need it—soon.
Barrett Rouen: 4-0 Chelsea
Kids play, prove they should always have been playing instead of the current dross. They save Lampard and we carry on to go and win the FA Cup. Then everybody is happy and we can just do things the right way. Abraham to score because he’s a prince and that’s what Tam Bam Abraham does—natural goalscorer.
Anthony Gatt: 3-0 Chelsea
Should be pretty straightforward Luton is a team in the bottom half of the Championship table and the Blues shouldn’t have any issue beating their opponents comfortably. If they don’t, then the questions will persist if Lamps is the right man to take us forward.
Varun Dani: 3-0 Chelsea
Lampard’s comeback begins.
Mike Malley: 3-0 Chelsea
The Blues can’t possible lose to Luton, can they? The Hatters currently sit 13th in the Championship and will be without centerback Tom Lockyer after he was sent off in the team’s previous match against Brentford. The Blues’ starting XI will give a hint as to how desperate Lampard is for a victory, so expect to see a lot of the big names on the pitch. Regardless, the Blues should win easily.
Nate Hofmann: 2-1 Chelsea
At this point, a routine win over lower-league opposition seems painfully unlikely. Chelsea’s issues are psychological, and even the slightest hint of resistance from Luton could break the fragile psyche of Lampard’s team, which would in turn almost certainly lead to Lampard being given the boot. That being the case, you would expect a strong starting XI that should hopefully put the Blues firmly on the front foot out of the gates. If all goes well, they will have a seemingly comfortable lead, although you would probably bet on a late Luton goal just to ramp up the pressure. Not sexy by any means, but the Blues and Lampard live to fight another day.
Gabe Henderson: 2-0 Chelsea
Luton’s defense is a lot better than people tend to give it credit for, especially when talking about this game. The Blues are in poor goalscoring form and Luton is exactly the type of Championship team they don’t want to see at the moment. Lampard’s side controls the game, but only rattles the back of the net twice in what proves to be a sloppy and nervy affair. Regardless, a win is a win.
Travis Tyler: 6-0 Chelsea
The Blues will loot Luton by scoring a loot of goals. It’ll look better than it really is regardless of who plays, but the “Chelsea way” is win first and make it pretty second.
Kevin Peacock: 2-0 Chelsea
These games look easy when the draw is made, but it rarely turns out that way. Of course, the Blues ought to win comfortably, but most likely it will be an uncomfortable victory. It’s tempting to give Luton a goal, but Arrizabalaga will hopefully boost his confidence further after the shutout against Morecambe. Chelsea wins this with a goal in each half and Lampard manages a post-match smile in the touch line interview.
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