Stoke City v Chelsea
Capital One Cup, 2015-16
Date: Saturday, 27 October, 2015
Time: 19:45 GMT
Venue: Britannia Stadium
Where to watch: No live coverage in the UK
Live Stream Info: Sky Go UK and Sky Go Extra
Stoke have seen their four match winning streak come to an end after they lost to the Premier League new comers Watford in the league tie over the weekend. The result was disappointing for the Potters as they 2-0 and Mark Hughes will be hoping to set it right when they face Chelsea.
They will be looking to bounce back after the defeat when they face the west London club. It will be a massive boost for the upcoming fixtures if Stoke can beat the Blues, who are the holders of the Capital One Cup.
A trip to the Britannia Stadium will never be easy, especially with Stoke playing physical game. It is always a tough place to visit and Hughes’ side will do everything possible to seal a victory over the English champions.
It is hard to believe that Chelsea were the reigning league champions and are the winners of the last season’s Capital One Cup. They are sitting in the 15th position in the league table after another defeat in the league, which came against West Ham United.
Jose Mourinho’s side suffered a 2-1 defeat to the London rivals and after the latest defeat, his job at the Bridge is under threat. The Daily Mail claims the former Real Madrid manager has two matches, against Stoke and Liverpool, to avoid being sacked.
Winston Reid will miss the Capital One Cup clash due to muscle strain. He joins former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song on the sidelines as he missed the Capital One Cup clash due to ankle injury.
No fresh injury concern for the Portuguese tactician. Star goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is still on the sidelines with knee injury and the Belgium international is expected to return at the end of this year.
Defender Branislav Ivanovic picked up hamstring injury earlier this month and will not be fit to face West Ham. Loic Remy has suffered a knock and he is also not available to face the London rivals. In addition to this, Nemanja Matic will miss the clash due to suspension after he received two yellow cards against West Ham.
Possible Lineups: Stoke City v Chelsea
Stoke City: Butland; Johnson, Cameron, Wollschei, Pieters; Adam, Whelan; Shaqiri, Krkic, Arnautovic; Joselu
Chelsea: Begovic; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Terry, Baba Rahman; Fabregas, Mikel; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Falcao