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In focus: Shrewsbury Town v Chelsea

28 October 2014

We take a look at some of the key statistics ahead of Shrewsbury Town versus Chelsea in the Capital One Cup.

Tuesday night will see Sky Bet League 2 side Shrewsbury Town face Premier League leaders Chelsea for the first time in League Cup history, live on Sky Sports.

The Shrews welcome Jose Mourinho’s men to Greenhous Meadow having recorded a fourth consecutive league victory at the weekend, after coming from behind to beat Portsmouth 2-1.

Chelsea meanwhile, will arrive in unfamiliar territory just 48 hours after their 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Micky Mellon’s Shrewsbury are the lowest-ranked side left in this year’s Capital One Cup, and take on not only English, but European heavyweights in Chelsea, with a vast array of culture and history between the two clubs.

Team news

Shrewsbury captain Liam Lawrence is expected to play despite only appearing from the substitutes bench against Portsmouth at the weekend, while striker Andy Mangan is also in contention after his return from a knee injury.

Jose Mourinho is set to ring the changes to his Chelsea side that drew with Manchester United, with Petr Cech, Ramires, Nathan Ake, Mohamed Salah and Kurt Zouma all likely to figure. Strikers Diego Costa and Loic Remy are still battling injuries and will not feature, while Cesar Azpilicueta and Branislav Ivanovic are both suspended.

League Cup record

Shrewsbury’s strongest run in this competition came in the 1960/61 season, when they bowed out at the Semi-Final stage following a 4-3 aggregate defeat to Rotherham United.

Chelsea, on the other hand, are four-time winners of the League Cup, with their latest triumph coming under current boss Mourinho back in 2007. Didier Drogba scored twice as the Blues beat Arsenal in Cardiff to lift the trophy.



Honours

The Shrews’ glory days have included multiple promotions in The Football League divisions, with their latest coming in 2012 when they finished as runners-up in League 2. Other success includes being crowned champions of the third and fourth tier of English football in 1979 and 1994 respectively.

Chelsea have enjoyed remarkable success throughout their history, particularly in the last decade. They have won England’s top division a total of four times, the FA Cup on seven occasions, as well as the Champions League in 2012.

Transfers


Shrewsbury’s record signing came back in the summer of 2008, when they signed Grant Holt for £170,000 from Nottingham Forest. Holt scored 28 goals in 51 appearances for Town before departing to Norwich City a year later, and he helped the Canaries earn back-to-back promotions to reach the Premier League.

Chelsea, until lately, held the British transfer record for money spent on a player, after they paid £50million for striker Fernando Torres from Liverpool. However, it took the Spaniard three seasons at Stamford Bridge to reach Holt’s record of 28 goals for Shrewsbury, and Torres also scored nine goals fewer during the two seasons that he featured in the Premier League alongside Holt, scoring 14 goals, to Holt’s 23 for Norwich. 

Head-to-head

Although these sides have never met in League Cup history, they have clashed a total of 15 times in other competitions.

In their 12 league meetings, they have five wins each, having also drawn on two occasions. Their other three fixtures have come in the FA Cup and Chelsea have won every time, most recently in January 2003, where they ran out 4-0 victors.

That result 11 years ago was the Blues’ biggest ever victory over Shrewsbury. Town’s best win in this encounter was a 3-0 success in 1979.

Follow the action

Sky Sports’ coverage from Greenhous Meadow starts at 7.30pm and we’ll have official updates through the match on Twitter, @CapitalOne Cup. Join in the conversation using the hash tag #CapitalOneCup.


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