Competition: League Cup Fourth Round – Stoke City vs. Chelsea
Venue: Britannia Stadium – Tuesday, October 27 – 19:45 GMT (15:45 ET)
Match Odds: Stoke 5/2 – Draw 5/2 – Chelsea 21/20
Stoke had won three on the bounce before Saturday’s 2-0 loss at home to Watford. They will look to pick back up with a win against the League Cup holders here and will be confident considering Chelsea’s poor form.
The Potters sit one point above the Blues in 14th in the Premier League after ten weeks and so it’s tough to call who will come out on top on Tuesday.
Both sides could do with a solid cup run. Stoke have got this far by just edging past Luton on penalties before beating Fulham 1-0 in the last round.
Chelsea only entered the competition in the last round as they are the reigning champions. They beat Walsall 4-1 away from home and face a tougher road trip this time.
The Blues lost 2-1 at West Ham on Saturday in a game that saw Nemanja Matic sent off, while Mourinho was sent to the stands with one of his assistants.Embed from Getty Images
Chelsea have lost their discipline too many times already this season and the Portuguese head coach is under real pressure at this early stage of the campaign.
Chelsea have won the last four meetings between these two in all competitions. Stoke last beat the Blues in December 2013 in a thrilling Premier League game that ended 3-2.
Stoke are set to be without Geoff Cameron, who was injured in Saturday’s loss to Stoke. Ryan Shawcross is close to returning to action and could be named on the bench here.
Chelsea will be without Matic after his red card on Saturday. While Loic Remy, Pedro, Branislav Ivanovic and Thibaut Courtois are all struggling with injuries and are unlikely to make the trip.
Stoke’s last five in all competitions: W/W/W/W/L
Chelsea’s last five in all competitions: L/L/W/D/L
Key Stat: Chelsea have never beaten Stoke in six previous League Cup games (D3 L3).
Key Player: Bojan – The Spanish attacker has returned from injury and looks to be in good shape. He will look to hurt Chelsea if he starts here.Embed from Getty Images
Stoke 1-1 Chelsea – This should be a really close game and could be quite a nervy affair. We’re not expecting bundles of goals but Chelsea should be able to do enough to at least earn a draw in 90 minutes, taking the game into extra time – not that either side will want that.