Chelsea are taking on Luton Town in the FA Cup fourth round today at a snowy Stamford Bridge, as Frank Lampard desperately seeks a win to bring some momentum back to the team. The Blues have struggled in recent weeks with a run of form which has seen the slip down the Premier League table to be in the middle of the pack. Luton meanwhile have been going reasonably well in the Championship and are currently 13th, well clear of trouble, and Nathan Jones is enjoying his time as manager.
Lampard makes seven changes to his most recent league team with Kepa Arrizabalaga taking up station in goal, Kurt Zouma restored to defence, Billy Gilmour in midfield and Hakim Ziyech starting on the wing in what appears to be a 4-2-3-1 formation. The manager will be hoping for a big performance and came out with fighting talk this week: “I’m a fighter first and foremost, it’s how I managed to make a career out of the game as a player,” said Lampard. “So when I packed up I could have easily stayed in the media or left football completely, I didn’t need to come back in.I got in with a desire to be successful, and I didn’t have the blinkers on, I knew there would be tough times, there would be things you can’t control like you did as a player.”
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CHELSEA 2-1 LUTON (60’)
Chance! James makes an error, gifting the ball to Potts on the left. The substitute finds Mpanzu, who plays a perfectly-weighted pass into Cornick in the box. The forward hits his shot first-time but it’s too close to Kepa, who parries the ball away to his left. That’s a real opportunity missed for Luton.
Callum Rice-Coates24 January 2021 13:30
CHELSEA 2-1 LUTON (58’)
Luton make a meal of the Chelsea corner, struggling to clear. When the ball drops to the edge of the box, Ziyech strikes it with real venom. But it’s blocked in a sea of white shirts.
Callum Rice-Coates24 January 2021 13:28
CHELSEA 2-1 LUTON (57’)
Close! Chelsea are creating openings but there’s something almost hesitant about them in the final third. This time it’s Pulisic, who strikes a half-volley that deflects off Lockyer and lands just past the post.
Callum Rice-Coates24 January 2021 13:27
CHELSEA 2-1 LUTON (56’)
Ziyech skips away on the right, cuts onto his left foot and slides the ball into Mount, who guides a shot just over the bar.
Callum Rice-Coates24 January 2021 13:25
CHELSEA 2-1 LUTON (53’)
Chelsea go short with another corner, and once again another ball is flashed across the face of goal by Ziyech. Abraham arrives too late and the chance is squandered.
Callum Rice-Coates24 January 2021 13:22
CHELSEA 2-1 LUTON (51’)
Sluga launches a kick up towards Cornick, who occupies both Chelsea centre-backs. Kepa rushes out and tidies up.
Callum Rice-Coates24 January 2021 13:20
CHELSEA 2-1 LUTON (49’)
Chance! A poor pass from Mpanzu allows Ziyech to run clear down the right. He picks out the overlapping James, whose cross is diverted towards goal from close range by Pulisic. Sluga makes a good save to deny the American.
Callum Rice-Coates24 January 2021 13:19
CHELSEA 2-1 LUTON (48’)
Luton have started the half with plenty of intent, no longer willing to invite Chelsea on. That could mean they’re more exposed at the back but calculated risk may be the way to go against a vulnerable Chelsea side.
Callum Rice-Coates24 January 2021 13:18
Luton make their belated entry, and shortly after get us back underway. Apparently there’s a dodgy clock in their dressing room, though that’s an unconfirmed rumour.
The visitors have made a change, too: Potts replaces Rea.
Callum Rice-Coates24 January 2021 13:15
Luton, as before the game, are delayed coming out onto the pitch. Perhaps they’re reluctant to head back out into the snow…
Callum Rice-Coates24 January 2021 13:12