Chelsea will travel to the Britannia Stadium on Tuesday to face Stoke City in a Capital One cup fixture and we take a look at the key elements that could play out in this game.
The Potters defeated Fulham in the previous round of the Capital One cup and was later rewarded with a tie against Chelsea. Mark Hughes side will face Chelsea on Tuesday and will be hoping to get one over the blues as they look to bounce back from their two nil defeat in the hands of Watford. The potters were in a good run of form before their game against Watford and Mark Hughes side will be desperate to return to winning ways as they face a Chelsea side that is struggling at the moment.
The Blues are currently finding it difficult to kick start their season, Jose Mourinho’s side have been defeated seven times this season – their worst start to a league campaign.
Most of the clubs senior players are struggling with form and the Capital One cup is a good opportunity for Jose to introduce hungry youths like Kennedy and Loftus Cheek into the team.
Nemanja Matic who received a red card for two bookable offense against West Ham will not be part of the team traveling to stoke. Either John Obi Mikel or Loftus Cheek will replace the suspended defensive midfielder and whoever gets the nod will be hoping to impress the manager.
Geoff Cameron will miss the game against Chelsea after being withdrawn early last Saturday against Watford, Mame Biram Diouf is also expected to miss the game against Chelsea while Ryan shawcross will return from his injury.
The blues will still be without First choice goalie Thibaut Courtois and defender, Branislav Ivanovic. Pedro and Remy remains doubtful but either or both of them could be fit enough to face the potters.
Chelsea have won five of the last six meetings between these two sides with stoke City being victorious just once. The two sides have met 94 times since 1922 with the blues winning 45 times, drawing 21 times and stoke winning 28 times.