The Britannia Stadium will welcome League Two outfit Shrewsbury tonight but Stoke manger Tony Pulis won’t be taking the game for granted after losing his two main strikers to injury.
Summer signing Kenwyne Jones is yet to fully recover from his ankle injury and Mali international Mamady Sidibie could be out for the season after snapping his Achilles against Tottenham on Saturday, leaving Pulis very short of firepower.
The recent acquisition of former Ipswich Town striker Jon Walters is a boost to Pulis’ squad but in Ricardo Fuller and Dave Kitson, Stoke’s only recognised strikers managed just 13 goals in all competitions between them last year.
This is a worry for Pulis whose side haven’t started the brightest with no points from their opening two games in the Premier League and the 7/1 offered for Shrewsbury to come away with victory is extremely tempting.
Shrewsbury hold the advantage in their head-to-head record thanks to the last meeting between the two in 1992, where they were 1-0 victors and are 12-1 to repeat the same score line tonight.
Southampton vs Bolton
League One side Southampton host Bolton who have made a solid start under Owen Coyle this season with four points from two games, and the Premier League side are 11/8 to come away from St Mary’s stadium with victory.
Bolton are unbeaten in the previous seven encounters between these two clubs and with Southampton only managing to pick up a point from their first two games, the Premier League club should have no problem in dispatching the League One side.
Shrewsbury could provide the upset of the round but Bolton represent great value at 11/8. See the full Carling Cup match betting here.