Jose Mourinho steered Chelsea to FA Cup glory in his last full season at Stamford Bridge back in 2007 and the Blues boss is a 9/2 chance at Winner.com to lift the trophy again this term, in his second spell at the club.
The competition has reached the fourth round stage this weekend and for Chelsea that means the visit of Stoke in the only all-Premier League tie. However, despite facing top-flight opposition, the Blues are still emphatic favourites, Stan James chalking them up at 1/4 to progress to the last 16 at the first attempt.
Mark Hughes’s troops are 14/1 at bet365 to cause an upset and 11/2 (BetVictor) to earn a replay but it’s hard to see past the hosts, especially after their impressive 3-1 victory against Manchester United on Sunday and an easy home win gets the nod in this one.
Stan James chalk Chelsea up at 4/6 in the handicaps, where they start a goal behind, BetVictor offer 11/1 about a 3-1 Blues success and for punters fancying Mourinho’s men to prevail ‘to nil’ (11/10, betway), Ladbrokes mark 13/2 against the Blues netting twice without reply.
In attack, Samuel Eto’o is a 10/3 chance at bet365 to follow his weekend hat trick with the opener in this one and Demba Ba, who could now be given more game time in light of Fernando Torres’s injury, is 9/2 (bet365) to break the deadlock.
Chelsea to win 2-0 – 13/2 (Ladbrokes)