Chelsea to start road to FA Cup glory with Scunthorpe win

Chelsea’s poor season is starting to pick up following the sacking of Jose Mourinho, enjoying two wins and two draws since making the change in the middle of December.

In that time, the Blues have scored eight goals, conceded three and kept two clean sheets, with the disastrous start to the campaign looking to be behind them.

The champions will still need a miracle to defend their crown and as such they are priced at 150/1 to do so.

However, they could be set for success elsewhere and this return to form sets them up perfectly for FA Cup glory.

The west Londoners are now beginning to look like the team that won the Premier League by eight points last season.

This means they have the ability to beat any team in the country on their day and would be a wise bet to win the FA Cup at 13/2.

Chelsea’s first step to cup glory starts with the visit of League One Scunthorpe United, with the Premier League side favourites to win at 1/5.

The Iron should prove easy enough opposition to overcome, with Mark Robins’ side sitting 15th in their league after losing 11 of their 25 matches.

Furthermore, the Lincolnshire club have not beaten a top-flight team in the FA Cup since 1970 and have let in three or more goals in their last four meetings with Premier League sides.

The Blues look guaranteed to win and for punters looking for a windfall for this game, the best option is taking advantage of the latest Ladbrokes promotion.

Backing Chelsea to win with both teams scoring was priced at 13/8, but you can now get it at 2/1.

Scunthorpe’s Paddy Madden has found the net 14 times this season and will be the key to unlocking the Chelsea backline to make sure that bet comes in, but he won’t be the key front man in this encounter.

The only fit first-team striker that Hiddink can call on for this tie is Diego Costa and that means the Spanish international will more than likely start.

Having such a quality player going up against a defence that have conceded 31 times in the third-tier should see the 27-year-old have a field day.

The forward is the best option to invest in for *Ladbrokes’ Double Odds 1st Goalscorer promotion and is priced at 11/4 to open the scoring.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.