Stoke City are yet another team against whom we've had a very good record in the Roman Abramovich era, but the way things are going nowadays, absolutely nothing is a given.
Stoke themselves are smarting a bit, coming off a 2-0 loss at home against lowly Watford. Manager Mark Hughes has already spoken of his and his team's desire to quickly move on from that result and get the season back on track. They had won four in a row prior to the weekend, but they want to avoid starting another downward spiral like they experienced earlier this season.
"The performance against Watford was not one I recognised, to be perfectly honest. But the good thing is that we have a big game on Tuesday against Chelsea, and that is the perfect game for us. We can get back on track. We'll be better on Tuesday."
-Mark Hughes; source: Guardian
There's no fear there, in those words. How dare he!
In any case, here's your chance, perhaps one of the final few, to put yourself in Jose Mourinho's shoes and pick a starting lineup for this League Cup Round of 16, single-elimination match. Nemanja Matic is suspended, while Thibaut Courtois remains injured. Ivanovic, Remy, and Pedro were injury doubts for a short while now; there's no word yet on their availability. Choose wisely.
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