Chelsea made light work of Wolverhampton Wanderers by beating them 2 – 0. They were not up to their usual high standards but did enough to see them through. Pedro impressed the most and seems to be improving as the season progress. The Wolves manager Shaka Hislop believes that the Blues are on track for a double winning season. They are currently 8 points ahead of the chasing pack and are able to put their all into both competitions. Missing out on Champions League qualification may have been a blessing in disguise. With no other distractions, the players can be 100% focused and it has made a big difference. It will be interesting to see how they do next season why they have to cope once more with both.
At one point it looked like the match may end in a draw which would have been the last thing the manager would have wanted. They were able to find a way through 20 minutes after the second half kicked off. It was a well-worked goal between William and Pedro. To close the game out Diego Costa added another shortly after. It was a vital goal for the striker as prior to that he had gone 413 minutes without finding the back of the net.
If Chelsea is going to win the FA Cup they will have to start playing their first choice players. The back line of John Terry, Kurt Zouma and Nathan Aka did not work. They will need to play the first choice trio of Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill and David Luiz playing in the quarter-finals.
Conte fielded a strong team and it was a surprise that he included both Hazard and Costa. Both players looked like they would have preceded the day off and younger more enthusiastic players. It was enough to see them through into the quarterfinals and set up a mouth-watering tie against Manchester United.
With former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho returning to Stamford Bridge it adds extra spice to the already fierce rivalry. At the moment Conte is winning the battle of the two managers and will want to rub further salt in the wound. It is not the first return of the special one and his Manchester United side was thrashed 4 – 0 in October. The red devils have improved since then so it should be a closer battle this time around.
Man U were able to see off Blackburn in the FA Cup to set up the quarter-final showdown with Chelsea. They beat their local rivals two nil thanks to goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Rashford.
Chelsea will be the bookie’s favourites for the match and the home advantage will play a large part in the result. If you fancy putting a wager on the FA Cup make sure you head on over to SmartBets where you’ll find the very best odds. The team that gets through this tie will have an excellent chance of winning the 2017 FA Cup.