Chelsea travel to Swindon, kicking off their Capital One Cup campaign.
The Blues made it to the semifinals last year, before being dumped out by Swansea City. Although the bigger clubs often take this competition lightly, it was still a disappointing result for Chelsea. They'll be looking to at least make another deep run this season.
For Swindon Town, this is an opportunity to claim a major scalp this year. The Capital One Cup and FA Cup are the only chances a smaller club like Swindon has to go up against the big sides in England.
You always see a few upsets in the early rounds of both knockout tournaments.
Here's a quick preview for this Capital One Cup fixture.
When: Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 2:45 p.m. ET; 7:45 p.m. BST
Where: County Ground, Swindon, England
TV Info: beIN Sport (US); Sky Sports 2 (UK)
Odds (courtesy of Paddy Power)
Swindon Win: 15-2
Chelsea Win: 4-11
Top Storyline: Which Chelsea Is Going to Show up?
The return of Jose Mourinho hasn't exactly gone to plan. Chelsea have been a bit of a mixed bag so far this season. There's the wins against Aston Villa, Fulham and Hull City where the Blues looked lethal in the attack and controlled in possession. Then there's the draw against Manchester United and losses to Basel and Everton.
It will be interesting to see if Chelsea will come out with guns blazing against Swindon. Their problems have often been in the attack. They fail to find that spark in the final third, with the finishing being particularly poor.
The talent gap isn't so large that Swindon won't be able to hit Chelsea on the counter if the Blues look lethargic on the pitch.
Chelsea will win this one easily. Even with a weakened side, the Blues shouldn't have too many problems creating goals. They've struggled against organized defenses so far this year, but Swindon aren't the quality of United, Everton or Basel.
The bigger problem will be getting the players motivated so that they don't take Swindon too lightly. That's why you often see so many early upsets. The more high-profile team thinks it can just go through the motions and beat a team a few divisions down in the league hierarchy.
It shouldn't be a problem with Chelsea, especially after the early losses. Mourinho's not going to let his players expect a cakewalk on Tuesday.
In addition, he isn't a manager who's afraid to win ugly. He'll be all too happy to play defensive football and sit back once Chelsea get a nice lead. It won't allow Swindon to get any chance to break and execute a snatch-and-grab.
Chelsea 2, Swindon 0
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