League Two Shrewsbury can make sure tonight’s Capital One Cup clash is close
BETTING TIP: Shrewsbury +2 on handicap @ 11/10 with bet365
Shrewsbury Town have won seven and drawn one of their eight matches at the Meadow this season and they can play their part in an exciting encounter this evening.
Micky Mellon’s side have already beaten Norwich City in this competition and they will be up against a Chelsea side who are showing several changes to the team that drew 1-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Bet365 offer 11/10 about the Shrews with a +2 goal handicap and that can be covered by a team capable of scoring the odd goal, while it appears that Andre Schurrle will be the lone striker for the visitors.
Jose Mourinho admits that injuries have rendered his options limited for the League Cup and the focus on the Premier League and Champions League means that this could be a competition that is surplus to requirements.
“I have only one day, we travel to London and we are travelling to Shrewsbury. We are in trouble because we have so many injured players,” he said. “It is even more difficult for us to go. We have to go. We now have a difficult match. Because they are doing very well in their league and doing very well against superior teams in the Capital One Cup. It’s a big day for them. We know it will be difficult for us. But that’s football.
“Every game is important. Shrewsbury is not a friendly. We have to play matches with respect and the best way to respect Shrewsbury is to go there with a good team.
“Not to go there with a weak team and lose. It is to go there with a good team –if they win, they win, but they win against a good team. We are in a difficult situation with regards to today but, when you look at the players who didn’t play – Schürrle, Salah, Zouma, Aké, Mikel – these boys are obviously going to have to play.”
Chelsea are a 2/7 chance with Coral to win the game, while bet365 are 13/1 about a victory for the home side and we can get 11/2 that the match ends all square.