2017-18 FA Cup Third Round Replays: Wednesday

With five of the eight fourth round ties already sorted, we now turn our attention towards the final three replays. 

With two of three Premier League teams at home, could we see some cupsets here?


Chelsea vs Norwich

The original tie at Carrow Road finished 0-0 making this an intriguing clash. 

Chelsea have won their last eight home clashes with Norwich but have drawn three consecutive blanks in all competitions, including this tie. 

Norwich meanwhile won their league game at weekend so come here confident of producing a cupset. 

With a tricky league trip to Brighton at weekend before another midweek clash, Chelsea need to find their spark here. 

Its easy to say this is going to be a Chelsea win but I got a feeling that this might not be the case. 

Prediction: Chelsea 1-2 Norwich
Result: Chelsea 1-1 Norwich (Chelsea win 5-3 on penalties)


Swansea vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

With just 1 spot and a league separating these teams, this is the most exciting replay. 

Both managers are set to make changes with their leagues the priority, rather than a cup run after drawing at weekend in their respective games.

Form however favours Wolves, who have taken seven wins from their 12 meetings with Swansea. 

The last three however have finished in draws and both boast bad replays record. 

Swansea have lost three of their last four FA Cup replays when been the higher ranked side.

Wolves meanwhile have lost their last three and haven’t won a single away replay since 2006-07. 

Although this will probably again be tight, I expecting goals but probably a trip to the dreaded penalty shootout.

Prediction: Swansea 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers (Swansea to win on penalties)

Result: Swansea 2-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers (After 90 minutes)


Wigan vs Bournemouth

This tie is the only replay to feature goals in original tie, finishing 2-2 as Bournemouth came back from 2-0 down to force a replay. 

Wigan are flying high at top of League One whilst Bournemouth come here off back of their first win over Arsenal. 

Head to head wise, Bournemouth have won just one match at the DW Stadium from last 12 trips. 

Focussing on replay record, Wigan have won their last three in contrast to the Cherries, who lost their last three replays. 

Speaking ahead of the match in term of which first team regulars might start, Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe told the BBC: “It will be a case of making the right decision in terms of who we can feel can go again, who we feel may need a rest and giving an opportunity to players and trying to find the right balance between making sure we are strong enough to go through as that it the ultimate aim. 

Should several regulars start, I can see one result otherwise Wigan will win this. 

Prediction: Wigan 1-2 Bournemouth

Result: Wigan 3-0 Bournemouth

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