Chelsea begin a run of three home games to finish out this, so far, most frustrating month of January, and it’s three games that could very well decide the future of head coach Frank Lampard and just how high we should set our expectations for the rest of the season. Will there be a promised turnaround?
The first of the three games is an FA Cup match against once-familiar foes Luton Town, whom we used to face fairly often back in the days when Chelsea were nowhere near as good as were are today, even amidst our struggles.
Luton are current midtable in the second division but they already eliminated one better team just to get this far, beating promotion hopefuls Reading, 1-0 in the third round a couple weeks ago, and will surely know that Chelsea aren’t exactly unbeatable at the moment either.
For Chelsea, everyone was fit and available midweek except for Olivier Giroud, who had an ankle knock and N’Golo Kante, who was still dealing with a hamstring problem. Even if Kante has overcome that issue since, we surely wouldn’t risk him regardless of our predicament. Chelsea have two most important home Premier League games in seven days, Wolves and Burnley, coming up after Sunday.
That said, we can probably safely rule out any hint of an “Academy Day”, especially after foregoing an obvious opportunity for one in the previous round.