Archive for January 28th, 2017

FA CUP Match Preview : Manchester United vs Wigan

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

Wigan might be in a relegation scrap at the bottom of the Championship but they have hit their best form of the season at the right time.

They have won three games in a row for the first time this season, having only managed four wins all season prior to the start of their current run. They have also only lost two of their last nine away matches.

Manchester United’s 17-match unbeaten run in all competitions came to an end on Thursday night, depite Jose Mourinho’s comments, after they toiled to a 2-1 defeat away to Hull City in the second leg of their EFL Cup semi final.

That scoreline was still enough for them to progress to the final, where they will meet Southampton, but they must now focus their attentions on Sunday’s clash with Wigan in the FA Cup fourth round.

United have won 17 of their 18 previous matches against Wigan and have only ever conceded in five of those matches. Even though Mourinho’s side have struggled in their last few matches they should have enough to overcome Wigan, although it could go down to the wire due to the fact United have only scored four first half goals in their last nine matches.

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Match Preview : Chelsea vs Brentford

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

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Chelsea have won each of their last three since losing to Tottenham at the start of January. Antonio Conte’s have scored nine goals and conceded just one goal in that time.

Brentford have lost two in a row ahead of this fixture, while they have only recorded four away wins all season.

This is the second time Brentford have been drawn to play Chelsea in the FA Cup since 2013 and they managed to earn a replay on that occasion. They drew 2-2 at home on that occasion before being thrashed 4-0 at Stamford Bridge. Place your Bet on NaijaBet.com

Chelsea should have no trouble turning Brentford over, particularly if they are unable to call upon star striker Scott Hogan.

Team News

Chelsea – Antonio Conte has a full squad to pick from but may turn to some of his fringe and youth players for the reception of Brentford on Saturday.

Branislav Ivanovic is reportedly in talks with Zenit St. Petersburg and may not feature here as a result.

Nathan Ake will make his first Chelsea appearance since returning from his loan spell at Bournemouth earlier this month. Asmir Begovic will also start despite being linked with a move away.

Brentford – Scott Hogan hasn’t featured for Brentford since the start of January and continues to be linked with a move to West Ham. He may not feature here either until his future is resolved.

Brentford manager Dean Smith has already used a back three this season and may turn to this formation to mirror Chelsea on Saturday.

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Josh McEachran returns to Stamford Bridge for the first time since leaving Chelsea in 2015.

Match Facts

Chelsea have scored at least 2 goals in 6 of their last 7 matches in FA Cup.

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As at this post Chelsea has 1.14 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while   Brentford has 16.73 has  odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 7.74.