OK Everybody. Calm down. Chelsea are back to being the best side in the Premier League again. Guus Hiddink has steadied the rocky ship and is surely going to take the Blues to European glory. And next season, all will fall before the might of Chelsea. Just like Liverpool every year.
But some Chelsea fans have short memories. It was the fourth round last year that Chelsea exited the competition to a team from the same division as their opponents. Bradford weren’t given a snowball’s hope in Alex Ferguson’s hairdressers of winning. But they did, and won well. That was Jose Mourinho’s last FA Cup game, his first was against Scunthorpe eleven years ago.
Scunthorpe have won nine times this season in the league so far, including a victory over Eden Hazard’s favourite side
Strawberry Shrewsbury. 83% of their away games have seen over 2.5 goals, with them netting in each of their last 10 away games. Ex-Yeovil man Paddy Madden is again leading the way for the Iron, with 11 goals.
- Chelsea and Scunthorpe have met five times before
- Scunthorpe have won twice, the last time in 1988. They took the lead against the Blues in the cup in 2005
- All of the meetings have produced over three goals
- Guus Hiddink has never lost an FA Cup game
Scunthorpe are in danger of being dragged into a relegation scrap if they’re not careful. They’re only seven points clear of the zone at time of writing, and with games against two of the bottom four in the next two weeks, won’t want any injuries. Mark Robins has said that they’re not just travelling for the day out, but I don’t think they’re going to trouble Chelsea at all.
When Diego Costa isn’t fighting with an opponent, his team, or his shadow he can be quite good at football. I think he’ll run amok on a League One defence that’s only kept seven clean sheets from 24 attempts. Costa to get a hat trick is . For an outsider, go for Willian , he’s due a goal or a scorecast with Oscar (who has recovered from fighting with his Dad during training) at . Don’t worry Scunthorpe fans, we’ll tip a bet for you as well. Keep up the scoring run in away games- over 3.5 goals
And even if you do get hammered Scunny fans don’t despair. You still have a better starting 11 than Liverpool…