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Chelsea vs Plymouth in the F.A. Cup on Feb 5. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

Chelsea vs Plymouth in the F.A. Cup on Feb 5. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

After getting the better of local rivals Tottenham before the winter break, Chelsea will now turn their attention to the F.A. Cup and after being paired with Plymouth, Thomas Tuchel will fancy his chances of further progress in the competition.

While for Plymouth, they make the trip to the English capital with nothing to lose and with no pressure on their shoulders, manager Stephen Schumacher and his players will be looking to execute a cup shock at Stamford Bridge.

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Over/Under - Total GoalsOver 3.5
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Over 3.5 Goals

With Chelsea possessing the firepower that they currently have, a win will not only be the order of the day but goals as well and although Plymouth will do their very best to keep things respectable, their hopes may not be fulfilled.

After putting five goals past Chesterfield in the previous round, the same number past Plymouth might just be a stretch too far and therefore, we may just have to bring things down a notch.

Which is why over 3.5 total goals at odds of 3/4 with 888, seems so appealing and if like me, you think that will be the case, then this will surely be one to add to your weekend betting accumulator.

Chelsea Form, squad news, opinion

Before Chelsea took to the field against Tottenham, there was the slightest bit of pressure being placed on the shoulders of manager Thomas Tuchel and with Chelsea being edged out of the title race, there was talk of Roman Abramovich edging somebody out the door.

Thankfully for Tuchel, conversations regarding his departure were nothing less than premature and after masterminding another win over Tottenham, it reinforces the Blues’ status as a top three team in the Premier League.

Now though, Chelsea will look to become a top one team in the F.A. Cup and after being beaten by Leicester in last year’s final, manager Tuchel and his players will look to build on such disappointment this time around.

After making rather light work of Chesterfield in the previous round, the Blues have been handed another favourable draw and therefore, fringe players may be given the opportunity to start at the weekend.

Of course, Chelsea will have to show Plymouth the respect that they deserve and if they do, then a safe passage to the Fifth Round will be secured. Then again, if they take this tie too lightly, they could well be added to the long list of great cup upsets.

In terms of injuries and suspensions for the visit of Plymouth, Reece James is likely to just lose the race against fitness and he will be joined by Ben Chilwell on the treatment table. While Eduoard Mendy could still be unavailable due to Senegal’s progress in the AFCON.

Plymouth Form, squad news, opinion

After suffering the loss of former manager Ryan Lowe to Championship outfit Preston, Plymouth’s season has taken a severe form of disruption and after previously topping the League One table, they now find themselves outside of the play-offs.

Which means former assistant manager Stephen Schumacher has now been given a promotion since Lowe’s abrupt departure and with the former Everton youngster now in charge, he will relish the opportunity to face Chelsea this weekend.

An opportunity that means the world of League One can be left behind for a few days and although progress up the football pyramid is very much the priority, Schumacher and his players can at least dream of a cup upset.

Whether that fantasy is converted to a reality, is something that remains to be seen and although the Pilgrims will be the rank outsiders for this clash - especially at odds of 50/1 at best betting sites, the F.A. Cup is never short on magic.

Which means for Plymouth to advance to the Fifth Round of the competition, they are going to have to be at their absolute best while hoping that Chelsea have a rather rare off day at Stamford Bridge.

In terms of injuries and suspensions for the trip to Chelsea, Plymouth will be able to call upon Panutche Camara once more, as he returns from AFCON duty and with only Brendan Galloway out injured, the Pilgrims have a relatively clean bill of health.

History

As far as these two clubs are concerned, there is not a great deal in the way of history and when they do meet in football warfare, their skirmishes are usually saved for competitions such as the F.A. Cup or League Cup.

In terms of their overall head-to-head record, Chelsea have won on 9 occasions, Plymouth 2 and there have been 6 draws

About the Venue

Although Chelsea may currently house the Champions League trophy, their stadium does not quite match the calibre of the players on the field and although there have been plans to rebuild Stamford Bridge, those plans have been constantly foiled by local residents.

With COVID-19 restrictions being lifted in England, it means there is no longer the need to show a Vaccine Passport before attending the ground. Which means, match tickets are the only item that is required to be produced at the time of writing.

Conclusion

After getting the better of non-league Chesterfield, Chelsea have been handed another favourable draw for this season’s Fourth Round and although Plymouth will offer slightly tougher opposition, this has all the hallmarks of a home banker.

Then again, that is not to say that Plymouth will not enjoy the test that Chelsea will provide and if they can at least get a goal for the travelling fans in attendance, it will at least give those supporters something to celebrate.

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