Kick-off: 1200, 24/01/2021
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
TV: BBC One
Frank Lampard’s job could be on the line when Chelsea host Luton in the FA Cup and we’re backing the Blues to fight for their manager’s future.
The Hatters are a likeable outfit who have done better than expected since moving up to the Championship, but they were beaten 3-0 by Manchester United in the EFL Cup earlier this season.
We’re taking 13/10 for Town to also lose this game by more than two clear goals for our first Chelsea vs Luton prediction.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Chelsea suffered a fifth defeat in their last eight Premier League outings when beaten 2-0 at Leicester on Tuesday night.
Lampard admits the pressure on him is mounting after slipping from title contenders to mid-table mediocrity over the past six weeks.
He said: “I can’t get caught up in what the reaction will be. I took this job knowing there will be difficult times. At the moment, we have to fight.
“I’m able to handle the pressure. I could sense these periods would come and that’s all I can concern myself about.”
The 42-year-old did not pull any punches when assessing the midweek display, adding: “Where things were rosy in December, they are not so rosy now.
“When you are playing well, like we were, you relax and settle down and this game kicks you up the backside.
“There are players who are not playing as well as they should be, that’s a simple fact. The general theme of our performance was slow and sluggish.”
However, the Blues did manage to put their league problems to one side when crushing Morecambe 4-0 in this competition.
Mason Mount, Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Kai Havertz hit the target in that game after Lampard named a strong starting line-up.
Chelsea lifted this trophy for the eighth time in 2018 and reached the final last year, so good cup runs are expected.
Looking at the Chelsea vs Luton odds, we like 19/20 for a professional home win to nil.
A Look At Luton Town’s Betting Odds
Luton showed great spirit to survive in the Championship last term, winning three of their final four games to end up three points clear of the drop zone.
Town have built on that by enjoying a solid campaign so far this season, hovering around the middle of the table, comfortably clear of any relegation worries.
Wins over leaders Norwich and promotion hopefuls Bournemouth in the past two months show they can compete with useful teams.
However, Nathan Jones will still be focused almost entirely on securing another year in the second tier.
He made numerous changes for Luton’s 1-0 home win over Reading in round three and looks set to do the same again, with this tie coming in between league trips to Brentford and Blackburn.
To be fair, Town were only undone late on in each half when beaten by United in the EFL Cup back in September.
We expect a similar outcome here, though, so 13/2 for the Blues to match that 3-0 scoreline is added to our Chelsea vs Luton betting tips.
Leicester 2-0 CHELSEA
Bournemouth 0-1 LUTON – Kieran Dewsbury-Hall
Head-to-head: Chelsea 2-0 Luton, Luton 2-0 Chelsea, Chelsea 4-1 Luton
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