A Bradford win in this match would be a spectacular upset. Too spectacular to contemplate in fact so let's concentrate on some more realistic outcomes at Stamford Bridge this weekend.
We’re not predicting any upsets here at all, however this FA Cup clash is exactly what the competition is all about, giving the smaller clubs the chance to give the larger clubs a hiding. Whilst Chelsea are unlikely to be quaking in their boots, the Bantams can give them a bloody nose and Jose Mourinho will be taking no chances.
An all-London affair was ruled out as Bradford thumped Millwall 4-0 in the previous round, however they slumped to a defeat against League One bottom club Yeovil at the weekend and won’t be in the highest of spirits coming into this clash.
Bradford manager Phil Parkinson is a hero at Valley Parade after steering the side to the League Cup final two years ago and leading them to a well-earned promotion that same season. Indeed, they managed several scalps on the road to Wembley that season, most notably Premier League sides Aston Villa and Arsenal.
Could the same happen at Stamford Bridge? The answer is an emphatic NO. Mourinho has his sights set very much on the quadruple and a League One side won’t be standing in his way. The west London side are amongst the most successful FA Cup sides of recent years and will be hoping to emulate their most recent success in the competition just three years ago.
Mourinho will be ringing the changes on Saturday, mindful of the upcoming Capital One Cup semi-final and Kurt Zouma, Mohamed Saleh, Loic Remy and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be likely to make a start.
Bradford will name a similar side to that which lost to Yeovil last weekend and Francois Zoko will lead up front alongside James Hanson.
Either way, Chelsea should enjoy a thorough victory irrespective of which side turns up. The opposition will be well organised, Physical and defensive minded but should hold little worry for a star-studded Chelsea attack.
Chelsea have conceded just nineteen goals in their 22 league matches so far this term and a win-to-nil for the Londoners looks the best bargain to be had at 7/10 at BetVictor. This could easily be a goalfest for the home side and for the Bantams it may well be a case of damage limitation.
Our betting tips
Chelsea win-to-nil – BetVictor 7/10
Over 3.5 Goals – Coral Evens
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