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FA Cup: Chelsea vs Luton

Chelsea vs Luton 

Time is counting down with Frank Lampard, so every unconvincing Chelsea game can now push Lampard closer to the door to leave Stamford Bridge. Therefore, Chelsea will fight as if this is Lampard's last match. 

The fact that Chelsea started to keep an eye on coach Thomas Tuchel made Frank Lampard forced to enter all the upcoming matches with the mindset of playing the final. So even though Luton Town is a relatively weak opponent, Chelsea is likely to launch the best team possible to welcome the fight.

However, the concept of "the best possible" at Chelsea at the moment does not mean using big name players, but players who are in good form. And that means Lampard is likely to let Kai Havertz and Mason Mount on the bench in this match, and facilitate the young duo Billy Gilmour - Tino Anjorin. 

In attack, it is certain that Lampard wants to create conditions for Olivier Giroud to start instead of Timo Werner. Because everyone knows that Giroud is extremely charming with the FA Cup front. The former Arsenal striker imprinted his shoe on 25 goals in 32 FA Cup matches he has played in (16 goals, 9 assists). Especially in the last 20 main kicks in the FA Cup, Giroud imprinted his shoes on 19 goals. 

Chelsea is also relatively charming with lower-tier clubs in the FA Cup playground. According to statistics, the Blues have gone on to 51 times out of a total of 53 encounters with lower-ranked opponents in the FA Cup. The two rare lower-tier clubs that were eliminated by Chelsea in this front were Barnsley in 2008 and Bradford in 2015. In the opposite direction, in the last 8 encounters with Premier League representatives, Luton Town has been eliminated 7 times (foreign the only rate is the victory against Norwich in 2013).

Chelsea is simultaneously having a solid support thanks to its good performance at home recently. Since losing to Bayern in February, Chelsea have lost only 2 of the last 20 home games (13 wins). In this aspect, there is also a clear contrast, when Luton Town only won exactly 1 of the last 8 away matches. 

This is the first time since 1994, Chelsea reunite with Luton Town. At the last time they met, the Blues beat Luton Tonw 2-0 in the semi-finals of the 1994 FA Cup. However, for coach Frank Lampard and his colleague on the other side of the front line, Mr. Nathan Jones, the last time they met nearly 2 years ago. 

Lampard and Jones had a clash in the 37th round of the 2018/19 Championship, when Lampard was leading Derby and Jones in Stoke. The match ended with a score of 0-0. After the game, Mr. Nathan Jones expressed extremely angry and criticized Lampard that: "I feel he does not want to play. This is a match where only Stoke tries to play and Derby is not. However, at this reunion, Lampard's Chelsea will certainly play the ball according to Jones' will. 

For Luton, going to the fourth round of the FA Cup is probably a quite satisfying result. Because in the last 26 times to attend the FA Cup, Luton only has exactly 1 time to reach the 5th round (season 2012/13), while with Chelsea it is 23 times.