Shrewsbury vs Chelsea | Tuesday 28 October, 2014 | New Meadow | Kick off 19.45
Shrewsbury Town, the lowest ranking team remaining in the League Cup, take on Premier League table-toppers Chelsea on Tuesday at New Meadow.
Chelsea remain the only unbeaten team in the Premier League as they head to Shrewsbury Town’s home ground this week. Jose Mourinho’s side have racked up an impressive 7 wins and 2 draws in their last nine league games and won’t expect the hosts to pose any real threat to their League Cup chances.
The fixture comes just a few days after Chelsea’s tough draw at Old Trafford in the Premier League so Mourinho will certainly be looking to makes changes and rest some of his key players against the lower league side.
Diego Costa was unable to play against United on Sunday and will undoubtedly continue to be rested against Shrewsbury on Tuesday as Mourinho looks to have one of his star players fit for greater challenges further ahead.
Shrewsbury have proved a tough side so far in the competition, eliminating better teams from both the Premier League and Championship already in Leicester City and Norwich City respectively. The League 2 club have also been enjoying a spectacular season with a record that reads 9 wins and 1 draw in their last 10 home fixtures.
Micky Mellon will be relying on his best players to cause an upset on Tuesday, with most the pressure for rattling United falling on the shoulders of top scorer James Collins.
Mostly the Shrewsbury boss is looking for his side to give it their best. “The stadium will be rocking, the TV cameras will be here and our players deserve to go and take part in a fantastic occasion so we’re really looking forward to it,” said Mellon.
It wouldn’t be entirely unprecedented for the League 2 side to claim the victory against Chelsea. Two years ago Bradford City made it to the final of the League Cup having beaten Premier League sides Arsenal, Aston Villa and Wigan in order to get there.
Shrewsbury Town v Chelsea Betting Tips
Is it possible for Shrewsbury Town to achieve what no Premier League side has managed this season and beat Chelsea? It’s unlikely, but at 17/2 at Betway it’s worth a Hail Mary bet for the occasion alone!
If you don’t think we’ll see any giant killing at New Meadow on Tuesday then a Chelsea 3-0 victory looks good at 7/1 at William Hill.