What experts predict ahead of Chelsea vs Sheffield United FA Cup clash

What experts predict ahead of Chelsea vs Sheffield United FA Cup clash

Jermaine Jenas believes Chelsea could be Manchester City’s biggest challenge to win the FA Cup this season.
The Blues are in the quarter-finals on Sunday as they host Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge, with Thomas Tuchel’s men looking to advance to another competition after reaching the Champions League round of 16 in midweek.

Chelsea will look to join Southampton and Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-finals, after victories against Bournemouth and Everton respectively for those two sides.

The other draw on Sunday is between Leicester City and Manchester United at the King Power Stadium.

But while Manchester City are seen as FA Cup favorites, with Pep Guardiola’s men currently battling on four fronts this season, Jenas believes Chelsea could pose a threat to them for FA Cup glory.

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As reported by The Sun, Jenas said in an interview with BT Sport’s FA Cup cover sponsor Heycar that he believes Chelsea could win it, depending on their current form.

Meanwhile, former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson is predicting a comfortable 2-0 win for Chelsea against the Blades.

In his weekly forecast for the BBC website, he said: “Chelsea may not be too exciting to watch under Thomas Tuchel, but they know how to get the job done. ”

And former Liverpool striker Michael Owen also plans a semi-final berth for the Blues with a 1-0 victory.

In his weekly predictions for BetVictor he said: “Until the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League it turns into an incredible opening spell for Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea.

“On paper, the Blues have obtained a favorable tie in the FA Cup here, so they must be optimistic to progress.

“For Sheffield United their dreams of survival in the Premier League faded a long time ago, and now in cup competition mode I think it might be difficult for them to elevate their game. rank on the side of Tuchel’s men to progress. ”

However, Tuchel has played down Chelsea’s hopes of winning two trophies this season, with the German insisting that he and his players will simply approach things game by game.

Speaking ahead of the draw, he said: “It’s kind of the same if you ask me on day one if we could go undefeated in 13 games and make 11 clean sheets – I don’t know. In the end, you have to see, maybe yes, maybe no.

“I can only tell you, is it possible to win against Sheffield on Sunday, yes it is possible. Is it easy? No. If you want to win, if you want to be at Wembley, you have to win this game.

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“There is no other approach. Is it possible to win the FA Cup? Yes of course. Is it possible to win the Champions League by reaching the quarter-finals? Yes, for the eight teams, it is possible. From there, admit it and put it aside because you are just losing your focus.

“The focus is on performance, intensity, attitude, mentality against Sheffield and nothing else. And then the first leg against Porto and the return leg and be ready every second of the game because it’s football and anything can happen and I’m 100% sure Sheffield is coming. to fight us and Porto will come to fight us.

“These are the challenges and we’ll see where the line is. ”


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