Stoke City - Chelsea Preview: Potters hoping to inflict more misery on Mourinho
Charlie Adam scored a 65-yard wonder goal the last time the two sides met. (Image: BPI Photography)

Stoke City are back in action on Tuesday night, as they prepare to face last year's winners, Chelsea in the Capital One Cup fourth round.

The Potters will be hoping to inflict more misery on Chelsea and Jose Mourinho as Mark Hughes' side go in search of cup success.

Stoke are in the fourth round courtesy of victories over Luton Town and Fulham, while Chelsea beat Walsall 4-1 in the last round to set-up the tie at the Britannia Stadium.


Although Stoke have only ever beaten Chelsea once in Premier League history, the Potters have enjoyed an excellent record against Chelsea in the League Cup.

The Potters have eliminated Chelsea every time they have faced them in the competition, winning four ties including the 1972 final and they will be hoping that record continues on Tuesday.

Stoke looking to get back to winning ways

Mark Hughes will be hoping his side gets back to winning ways after a disappointing 2-0 home defeat against Watford on Saturday ended a four match winning run in all competitions.

The Britannia Stadium is widely acknowledged to be a fortress and it is often said that no team likes playing at Stoke on a cold and wet Tuesday evening (something that Chelsea may have to do tomorrow).

However, Hughes' side have lost three of their five home league games this season, with just one win.

Stoke searching for cup success

This is the seventh time in the last eight seasons that the Potters have reached the fourth round of the competition, but they have only progressed twice (2008/09 and 2013/14).

Stoke haven't won a trophy since 1992/93, when they were Division Two champions, and the League Cup offers a great opportunity for the Potters to add to their trophy cabinet. Victory over Jose Mourinho's side and Stoke will be into the last eight of the competition and just two wins away from Wembley and the Capital One Cup final.

However, Stoke have lost their last three home League Cup ties against Premier League opposition, twice in the fourth round.

The opposition

Mark Hughes said that Chelsea are the "perfect" opponents for his side to return to winning ways.

Last year's winners are hoping to make it five successive quarter-final appearances in the competition, but they are low on confidence. Their season took another turn for the worse on Saturday when they were beaten by West Ham United.

The defeat at Upton Park was their seventh defeat of the season in all competitions and Chelsea's pressure and frustration was clear. Nemanja Matic was sent-off before Jose Mourinho and his assistant Silvino Louro were sent to the stands.

However, as Hughes said in his pre-match press conference, Chelsea are still a "top side" and Stoke are going to have to put in a much better performance on Tuesday than Saturday's against Watford if they want to progress to the next round.

Should the Blues lose to Stoke on Tuesday; the pressure will mount even more on Mourinho.

Team news

Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross is likely to feature after recovering from back surgery, although Mark Hughes has remained tight-lipped over whether the centre-back will start against Tuesday.

Top scorer Mame Biram Diouf is also poised to return to action after he was granted compassionate leave following the tragic death of his mother.

Shay Given is expected to resume his Capital One Cup duties having deputised for regular number one Jack Butland in the victories over Luton Town and Fulham.

Marc Muniesa (thigh) and Bojan Krkic (toe) are both doubts, but defenders Geoff Cameron (thigh) and Erik Pieters (suspended) will both miss out.

Chelsea will be without Nemanja Matic after he was sent-off against West Ham, with Ruben Loftus-Cheeck among those who could replace the midfielder.

Striker Loic Remy and forward Pedro are both likely to miss out again, joining Thibaut Courtois (knee) and Branislav Ivanovic (hamstring) on the sidelines.

Asmir Begovic is expected to continue in goal on what would be his return to the Britannia following his summer move from Stoke, but Marco Amelia could make his first Chelsea start after he arrived on a free transfer.