Since Guus Hiddink took over as manager, Chelsea have been much improved and are still in with an outside chance of finishing in the Premier League’s European spots this season.
The Blues have lost just once to Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League clash and it would take a brave man to back against Chelsea in the return leg at Stamford Bridge.
However, the FA Cup is probably their most realistic chance of silverware this year. Hiddink’s men will travel to Goodison Park to face Roberto Martinez’s inconsistent Everton side.
The Toffees have plenty of potential but have struggled to inspire confidence this season, especially in front of their home supporters.
As of March 6th, Chelsea are well priced to win the FA Cup and punters can find all of the latest odds, news and updates at Bookies.com.
On Saturday evening, all eyes will be on Hiddink’s side as they attempt to reach Wembley for the second year in succession.
Last season, the Blues defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 to lift the Capital One Cup but the FA Cup is a different kettle of fish. England’s oldest club competition is perhaps the most prestigious cup tournament in the world and Chelsea will be desperate to win it for their supporters after a difficult campaign.
Everton won’t be easy opponents but Chelsea will be full of confidence after a decent run of form. The likes of Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa – who all struggled during the first half of the season – are firing on all cylinders and the Blues are looking menacing in attack once again.
The Toffees have a decent defensive unit but if Chelsea’s attacking stars are on-song, they will find it difficult to prevent the Blues from creating chances.
Hiddink led Chelsea to the FA Cup crown back in 2009 during his first stint as interim boss but victory in this year’s competition would eclipse that particular achievement.
Three months ago, the Blues were languishing in the bottom half of the table but Chelsea have now climbed into the top 10, have a genuine chance of reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League and are 90 minutes from a Wembley return in the FA Cup. Not bad, huh?
Throughout the remainder of the campaign, you can find all of Bookies’ latest football news and odds at their website – as well as tips and previews on Chelsea’s upcoming matches. The Blues have a busy few weeks and although they’ve struggled at times this season, it’s certainly an exciting time to be a Chelsea fan.
With Hiddink in charge, the Blues look like a dominant force and could challenge for the title next season once a new manager has been appointed on a permanent basis.
If Chelsea are to save their season, they must win the FA Cup or reach the latter stages of the Champions League. Victory over Everton on Saturday would set up a Wembley semi-final and from there, who knows?
Chelsea certainly haven’t been at their best this season but they can beat anybody on current form and Hiddink’s men must be regarded as one of the leading candidates for FA Cup glory this season.