Chelsea visit Shrewsbury Town F.C. from Sky Bet League 2 in their Capital One Cup encounter in the upcoming fixture. While Chelsea would be frustrated after their disappointing draw at Old Trafford, Shrewsbury have celebrated a victory the last time they were out.
As a matter of fact, they had beaten the last Premier League club that they had come across, Leicester City. Chelsea are certainly in a completely another dimension to say the least. Town are 4th in the fourth tier of English football and have had their own share of ups and downs.
For the League Two, Shrewsbury are a decent team. Manager Micky Mellon has been creative and inventive when it came to setting up his team. He has been tinkering with formations and tactics and has had his fair share of success with the team.
After the 15 games they have played in the League this season, they have managed to accumulate 27 points. 8 Wins, 3 Draws and 4 Losses have awarded them with the 4th spot in the League table. Last time out, they beat Portsmouth by a 2-1 Margin at home. Considering that and other recent results where they are on a run of four straight wins must give the hosts ample confidence at the Meadow.
These are the scorelines of their last four games:
25th October: 2-1 Portsmouth
21st October: 5-0 Bury
18th October: 1-0 York
11th October: 3-1 Cheltenham
It is quite clear that Shrewsbury are in the form of their season after a dismal start to the season, which began with back to back losses. They have been creating their chances and have been scoring goals.
FORMATION AND STYLE OF PLAY
Depending on the opposition manager Micky Mellon has tinkered with his favourite 11 and has made a number of changes from one match to another in terms of formations. They have played in the 4-4-2, 4-3-3, 4-5-1 among a few others. In his last League Cup outing, Micky Mellon chose a defensively sound 5-3-2. This is perhaps his formation of choice against teams that can outplay and outscore the hosts. It would not be a surprise to see them lining up with more men at the back than usual against the Blues.
Chelsea would have to be efficient and creative to break the backline that consists of Jermaine Grandison and Mickey Demetriou and Goldson. Perhaps Gayle and Knight will also feature in the five man defense. Two midfielders should be expected to be guarding this defensive line, and it should be James Wesolowski and Woods’ job to guard the defense as well as win the ball from the Chelsea midfielders. The goalkeeper would undoubtedly be the Swiss Jayson Leutwiler.
There’s one thing that can also happen if they somehow get into, offensive mode against visiting Chelsea. It’s the false 9. Scott Vernon is the man who does this job for the Shrewsbury team. However, given their astounding strengths when compared to the opposition, Chelsea should prove more than a handful for everything that Shrewsbury has at offer.