Coming off a disappointing 1-1 draw in the Premier League against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, Chelsea visit Shropshire to line up against league two side Shrewsbury Town for the fourth round of Capital One Cup in the midweek clash. So much for the scheduling, FA!
With the Capital One Cup trophy lowest in Jose Mourinho’s wish-list this season, he will undoubtedly make a host of changes on our trip to Shropshire.
Add to that, our packed November schedule, recent injury crisis and the suspension issues, this is how the Blues’ manager is expected to line-up against Shrewsbury:
GK – PETR CECH
Petr Cech is expected to come back into the starting line-up against the league two side in Shropshire. With Courtois already established as the first choice goalkeeper for the Blues, this will be a chance for the Czech shot stopper to start in the Capital One Cup encounter.
CB – GARY CAHILL and ANDREAS CHRISTENSEN
With both the fullbacks Azpilicueta and Ivanovic suspended for this fixture while, John Terry probably rested for the weekend game against QPR; we could see a first team debut for Andreas Christensen on Tuesday.
Gary Cahill will accompany the teenager in the heart of defence to provide the necessary experience against the Shrewsbury side.
RB – KURT ZOUMA
Primarily a CB, the Frenchman has played as a right-back in the pre-season for the Blues, and he might have to fill that role again during the absence of both of our RB.
LB – FILIPE LUIS
The Brazilian left-back has improved a lot in the recent few weeks after a series of good performances. No doubt he starts tomorrow, as Azpilicueta is serving a ban.
CM – JOHN OBI MIKEL and NATHAN AKE
After sitting out the last few games due to a toe injury and making late appearances lately, Mikel would be back in contention to start in the CM spot, along with the youngster Nathan Ake.
With Fabregas and Matic rested due to the packed schedule, it will be a great chance for both the players to impress Mourinho with some commanding, composed and solid performance tomorrow in the mid.
LW – ANDRE SCHURRLE
After suffering from flu for the past few weeks, the German winger will be fit and back in action in his preferred left-wing position against Shrewsbury Town tomorrow. Our first choice front three has been in glorious form and Schurrle has got a point to prove if he wants to make a come back and confirm his place in the starting line-up.
RW – MOHAMMED SALAH
Like Schurrle, the Egyptian also has a point to prove tomorrow after being reduced to a fringe player under Mourinho. The 5th choice AM hasn’t yet delivered this season as we expected, and this will be his chance to make a mark tomorrow.
CAM – LEWIS BAKER
After impressing with a series of good performances in the Youth Team and in the pre-season with the Blues, this might be the perfect opportunity for Mourinho to start Lewis Baker in the CAM spot. The versatile and talented midfielder has been waiting in the sidelines for a long time, and he will certainly relish the opportunity to start against Shrewsbury tomorrow.
STRIKER – DOMINIC SOLANKE/DIDIER DROGBA
Things are looking complicated at the striking front for the Blues, with Loic Remy injured. Mourinho wouldn’t want to risk Costa before the QPR game while; it will be difficult for Drogba to play 90 minutes again in a span of just two days.
So, Jose Mourinho might have to give a chance to Dominic Solanke upfront, with Didier Drogba playing the other 45 minutes, as per the circumstances.
Edited By: Harshal Ahire