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Capital One Cup preview and odds: Stoke City vs. Chelsea

Published on: 26/10/2015

Capital One Cup preview and odds: Stoke City vs. Chelsea

October 27, 2015 19:45pm - Britannia Stadium

League Cup

Stoke City will be hoping to take advantage of a under-performing Chelsea side when the clubs go head-to-head in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.

Potters ready to punish Blues

After playing away from home in their first two League Cup games, Stoke City will now take on fellow Premier League side Chelsea on home soil in the fourth round of the competition.

The Potter’s recent return to form in the league was halted by surprise package Watford at the weekend. The 2-0 defeat ended a run of four straight wins for Mark Hughes’ men and left them nestled above Chelsea at 14th place in the table.

In the last round, Stoke travelled to London to snatch a 1-0 victory against Fulham, they now face the team that they defeated to lift their one and only League Cup trophy back in 1972.

All doom and gloom for the Blues

Chelsea were left feeling blue yet again at the weekend when they went down by two goals to one in the Premier League at the hands of West Ham United. Defeat in the League Cup could pile even more pressure on beleaguered boss Jose Mourinho whose team have won just one of their last six games in all competitions.

The defending champions cruised past Walsall in the last round and will be hoping that a win away to Stoke can give their season a lift. In last year’s final they defeated fellow Londoners Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 to record a league and cup double.

Team news

The home side can be expected to field a strong side for this game as they look to reach the final of a major cup competition for the first time since 2011.

Chelsea can also be expected to put out a strong team although Nemanja Matic will be suspended following his dismissal against West Ham.

Recent form (All competitions)

Stoke City: LWWWW

Chelsea: LDWLL

Betting odds and tips

Chelsea are in a rut and have shown zero signs of recovery. They have won just one of their last six games in all competitions, and that victory came against a bottom-ranked Aston Villa side that have lost eight of their last nine Premier League games.

However, the bookies still have the away team as favourites meaning that Stoke can be backed at a decent price of 11/4 to win in 90 minutes or 11/8 to qualify for the next round with Bet365.

Published on: 26/10/2015

Any odds displayed within this preview were correct at the time of publishing (26/10/2015 12:19:47) but are subject to change.