Shrewsbury vs Chelsea: Capital One Cup match preview

A look ahead to this week's Capital One Cup fixture at New Meadow

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Chelsea will look to avoid an upset when they travel to League Two outfit Shrewsbury in the Capital One Cup.

Micky Mellon’s side have knocked out Blackpool, Leicester and Norwich en-route to the fourth round, giving Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho reason to be wary.

Mourinho watched in despair as Robin van Persie struck an injury-time equaliser for Manchester United on Sunday, meaning Chelsea missed out on the chance to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to six points.

The Portuguese will be hoping his side can make a quick return to winning ways.


Chelsea set up a meeting with Shrewsbury by beating Bolton 2-1 in the last round, Oscar grabbing a second-half winner after Matt Mills cancelled out Kurt Zouma’s opener.

The Blues haven’t won the League Cup since 2007, when Didier Drogba netted twice in a 2-1 win against Arsenal in the final.

Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon


Tuesday, 7.45pm


Shrewsbury 0 Chelsea 4 (Zola (2), Cole, Morris), FA Cup, January 2003

Shrewsbury 1 Chelsea 1, Division 2 (old), April 1989

Chelsea 2 Shrewsbury 0, Division 2 (old), November 1988


Shrewsbury have won nine and drawn one of their 10 home fixtures in all competitions this season.

Cesc Fabregas has eight assists this season, more than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues.

Shrewsbury have scored 10 goals in their last three home games.

Didier Drogba became Chelsea’s 11 different scorer in the league when he netted the opener against Manchester United on Sunday.


Shrewsbury to win: 9.5

Chelsea to win: 1.25

Draw: 5.8

TV: Live on Sky Sports 1 at 7.45pm, highlights on BBC1 at 23.05pm (Wednesday 29).