Chelsea are coming off their best win of the season after upsetting Arsenal at Emirates Stadium, and now they will face weaker competition when they on Milton Keynes Dons in the fourth round of the 2016 FA Cup. The match will start this Sunday, January 31 at 16:00 at the Stadium MK.
The victory over Arsenal should be a confident booster to a team that has struggled all season to find anything to be proud of. Perhaps from now on we get to see the real Chelsea, instead of the uninspired squad that has played the last four months.
“When I came in I said ‘hey guys, you have to win back the support and the confidence of the Chelsea supporters and then we’re looking to the future’, boss Guss Hiddink told the media. “With the commitment of the players, on top of the way they played, they are pleasing the fans again and the fans are closing them in their arms.”
Since Hiddink took over, Chelsea have won three games and drew another three. However, none as big as their victory over Arsenal last weekend.
“Everyone knows where we were in December,” said the Dutchman. “On the one hand, so far we are unbeaten. But I’m not sitting here proudly saying: ‘We haven’t lost a game.’ I’m not fully satisfied with the results. We have to make the next step, moving away from the inconsistency where we’ve had half a game that was good and the other half not so.
The 2016 FA Cup Odds MK Dons v Chelsea make the visiting team the favorite, paying 1.36 for their win. The home squad is at 11.0, and the draw is at 5.0.
A lot of things should go wrong to see MK Dons upsetting Chelsea. The Dons are trying to stay alive in the relegation battle at the Championship. They have 26 points after 28 games and are in the 20th position; Bristol City, which owns the last spot to relegation have 24 points.
MK Dons have allowed 41 goals this season, an average of 1.5 goals per game. Their offense, however, has been abysmal, scoring 23 goals this year, an average of 0.8 per match.
To get to this point, Milton Keynes Dons beat Northampton 3-0 in the replay match, after drawing 2-2 in the first meeting. However, during the weekend they dropped their Championship meeting against Bolton, losing 3-1 on the road.
“Chelsea still have some of the best players in the world, and we know they want to come here and play the strongest team they can. Their team can beat anyone in the world”, manager Karl Robinson told One MK.
“On the day, the players will have to perform. All of the preparation will mean nothing if they freeze on the day – we want to perform and try to get the result. Whatever the outcome, we need to utilise this experience and use it as a learning curve for the rest of the season.”
The Handicap listed Chelsea -1 with slight better value at 1.95 while MK Dons +1 is at 3.2. Yet, the best value of all is taking Hiddink’s team to win by three goals or more. Take Chelsea -2 at 3.4.