After a disappointing draw at Old Trafford on Sunday, after a late strike from Robin Van Persie, Chelsea travel to League Two outfit Shrewsbury Town for their fourth round Capital One Cup clash on Tuesday.
TEAM NEWS, INJURY UPDATES AND SUSPENSIONS
Diego Costa is unlikely to be risked after he missed the match at Old Trafford with his ongoing hamstring injury. Loic Remy is still out with a groin injury, but Ramires, who was sidelined for five weeks with a groin injury, will be available for selection. Cesar Azpilicueta and Branislav Ivanovic are suspended after their respective red cards at Crystal Palace and Manchester United. So Zouma might be starting at right back.
There are no new injury concerns for coach Mickey Mellon. Captain Liam Lawrence, who came off the bench in the weekend against Portsmouth, should be fit enough to face the Blues on Tuesday. Striker Andy Mangan also made a comeback from a knee injury and appeared on the bench last weekend.
Chelsea are still unbeaten in all competitions, while they were not too convincing in their last Capital One Cup match when they beat Bolton 2-1. This weekend the Blues let a 1-0 lead slip from their fingers against Manchester United, although many would argue that a point at Old Trafford is not all that bad. However, Chelsea are still on top of the Premier League, maintaining a four-point lead over second-placed Southampton.
Shrewsbury Town have had a good run of form off late with a four-game winning streak in League Two. At the weekend, Shrewsbury Town showed good resilience after coming back from a goal down to win 2-1 against Portsmouth. As a result, they have gathered momentum and will be a tough nut to crack for Chelsea.
Chelsea have faced Shrewsbury Town at their ground a total of seven times, with Shrewsbury Town winning three, Chelsea winning two, and the rest were draws. In these seven meetings, both the teams have scored 11 goals each. So at home, Shrewsbury have the odds in their favour as far as history in concerned.
LAST 5 MEETINGS
Shrewsbury Town 0-4 Chelsea 26/01/2003
Shrewsbury Town 1-1 Chelsea 29/04/1989
Chelsea 2-0 Shrewsbury Town 26/11/1988
Chelsea 3-0 Shrewsbury Town 21/04/1984
Shrewsbury Town 2-4 Chelsea 26/12/1983
PREDICTED STARTING LINE-UPS
Chelsea: Cech(GK), Zouma, Cahill, Terry(C), Luis, Mikel, Ake, Oscar, Willian, Schurrle, Drogba.
Shrewsbury Town: Leutwiler(GK), Grandison, Goldson, Knight-Percival, Grimmer, Woods, Wesolowski, Lawrence(C), Demetriou, Collins, Akpa Akpro.
PREDICTED SCORE: Shrewsbury Town 0-2 Chelsea
TIME: 19:30 GMT / 01:15 IST
VENUE: New Meadow
REFEREE: Neil Swarbrick
Edited By: Vikram Vadiganeni