Fresh off triumphing over Tottenham in the League Cup semi-final to reach the final of the tie, the Blues will host Championship side Sheffield Wednesday at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening.
Chelsea are the holders of the FA Cup trophy, and Blues boss will be relishing the chance to advance further in the world’s oldest football competition.
Michael Owen has predicted that Chelsea will win the game 2-0.
The BetVictor brand ambassador said: “Holders Chelsea have a good record against non-Premier League ties qualifying from 47 of their last 49 ties and I expect Maurizio Sarri’s side to beat a Wednesday side who will be cheered on by 6,000 Owls’ supporters. Steve Bruce will have to do without central defender Michael Hector who is ineligible as Chelsea is his parent club.
“The Owls don’t score many goals – just seven in their last nine games – but they are solid defensively and they look sure to give a good account of themselves at the Bridge.”
One player expected to make his debut in this game is Gonzalo Higuain, and Chelsea assistant coach Gianfranco Zola believes the Argentine will succeed in the Premier League.
Zola has urged Higuain to study the weaknesses in the Premier League, never underestimate opponents and have an open mind if he is to succeed at Chelsea.
“It will be very important. What I always thought when I first came over here was to read the league, read the weaknesses of the league, but also the potentials, don’t underestimate and have an open mind,” Zola said.
“That’s what allowed me to get into the system quickly. With him it’s going to be the same. I’m sure he’s going to be looking at defenders, saying ‘oh those defenders tactically make some mistakes’, which is true sometimes. The intensity and the physicality of the game you have here, I’m sure he’ll be studying it, reading the situations and using his ability to get the goals that we need.
“He’s coming late, but he’s coming in a team that plays a system he knows very well, so this is a big advantage. Here there are the type of players will help him to do what he can do best.
“The conditions are good. There is no problem there. Simple as that.”