Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea shadow cabinet take on a side 70 places below them in the Football League pyramid in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup.
However, although the likes of Mohamed Salah, Andre Shurrle and Nathan Ake should be hungry to prove their merits to the manager they’re unlikely to record a runaway victory.
That’s if the Blues XI that pits its wits against in-form League Two outfit Shrewsbury follows in the footsteps of the Londoner’s recent exploits against smaller fry in this competition.
Chelsea are just 1/4 for victory inside the regulation distance, with their Shropshire hosts 17/2 for what would represent a fifth successive win, while it’s 21/4 that Micky Mellon’s men take their guests to extra time.
However, the favourites prevailed in low-scoring fashion against both their lower league Capital One Cup opponents during Mourinho’s second tenure.
Last term Swindon went down 2-0 on home turf, while a sincerely out-of-sorts Bolton side who parted company with former manager Dougie Freedman pushed them far closer than expected in a 2-1 Stamford Bridge win earlier this term.
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Any doubts that the Shrews, being from a still-lower strata of the league pyramid, can emulate Swindon or Bolton should be banished by their nigh-on perfect record at the New Meadow this season.
Mellon’s side have won nine of their ten home outings this term with a solitary draw against Newport County the only blemish – during that sequence just three away efforts have found the net.
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