Shrewsbury v Chelsea: Ruthless Blues to return with cup win

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Chelsea may have dropped two points in Manchester for the second time at the weekend but they can bounce back in style with relative ease against Shrewsbury in the Capital One Cup.

The League Two outfit are in a decent run of form, winning their last four matches, but the gulf in class should tell in this encounter, with Chelsea set to field a strong side despite Jose Mourinho ringing the changes.

The hosts are billed as the 10/1 underdogs for this clash, with Chelsea priced at 1/4 and the draw on at 9/2.

Ladbrokes News has delved a little deeper though to bring you three of the best bets on this fourth round encounter.

Chelsea (-2) to win @ 33/20

Chelsea showed in their 6-0 demolition of NK Maribor in the Champions League that they are not a side likely to show mercy to weaker opposition.

The west Londoners smashed six past the Slovenian Champions and without Diego Costa in the line-up.

The Spaniard looks set to miss out again but with Mourinho utilising the likes of Oscar, Andre Schurrle, Didier Drogba and Eden Hazard in the last round expect Chelsea to line up with a side fully capable of overcoming a two-goal handicap.

Game to produce 4+ goals @ 6/5

While Chelsea can generally be relied upon to hold up their end of the scoring bargain Shrewsbury are no slouches in front of goal either.

Mickey Mellon’s side have smashed 11 goals in their last four games and while this match will mark about as big a step up in opposition as it’s possible to make, the roar of the home crowd and the chance to go down in Shrews folklore should have the hosts’ strikers chomping at the bit against a much-changed Chelsea back four.

Chelsea to win to nil @ Evens

While Shrewsbury are flying in front of goal at present the price on a win to nil for the visitors is worth considering should the step up prove too large.

Prior to conceding Robin van Persie’s 94th-minute equaliser at Old Trafford, the Blues had conceded just one goal in five games.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.