The winner of Sheffield Wednesday’s FA Cup replay against Luton Town will face a trip to Stamford Bridge to take on current holders Chelsea in the fourth round.
Sheffield Wednesday were held to a goalless draw by Sky Bet League One outfit Luton on Saturday at Hillsborough, forcing the tie to a replay at Kenilworth Road next week.
Should the Owls secure victory away from home next Tuesday night, it will set them up with their first meeting against Maurizio Sarri’s Blues since April 2000, when they were both competing in the Premier League.
After sacking Jos Luhukay as their manager last month, Wednesday will be hoping to reach the fourth round as part of their bid to turn around what has been a difficult season in the Sky Bet Championship, currently 16th in the league table.
Owls fans were left delighted by the potential prospect of facing Chelsea in the next round, in what would potentially be their final match before Steve Bruce officially takes over as their full-time manager.
Well pleased with drawing Chelsea away in the Cup. Really need to beat Luton in the replay! #swfc
— MC Owl (@mickenell) January 7, 2019
— Jordan Holmes (@KissMyRascasse) January 7, 2019
Meanwhile, Luton’s season has been very much in the opposite direction. Having gained promotion from Sky Bet League Two last season, the Hatters are currently second in the League Two table, a point clear of Sunderland in third.
Should they overcome their upcoming opposition, who currently sit 10 league places above them, they would reach the fourth round for the first time since the 2012/13 campaign.
Luton’s last meeting with Chelsea was in this semi-finals of this competition in 1994, where goals from Gavin Peacock sent the Blues into the final for the first time in 24 years.
Like fans of Sheffield Wednesday, Luton’s supporters are praying for a win in their replay in order to face the current FA Cup holders.
— Adam Wilsher (@ajwilsher) January 7, 2019
Good draw for Luton.
— craig nicholson (@8balltiger) January 7, 2019
Either way, come on Luton
— Darren Kenneford (@KENNERS_) January 7, 2019
Whichever of these two sides from the Football League wins their replay, their trip to South West London will commence between the 25th and 28th of January.