English League Cup Tips – With Chelsea struggling on and off the pitch this season football betting tips site FC Bodog make the Potters a fine bet to heap more misery on beleaguered manager Jose Mourinho.
Defeat at West Ham on Saturday meant that Chelsea have now lost SEVEN games in all competitions so far this season which quite incredible when you consider that they were crowned Premier League champions less than six months ago.
We discussed in depth yesterday that Mourinho’s problem does not lie with his abilities as a coach – he is the best manager in the Premier League by some considerable distance. His problem is that key players like Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, Branislav Ivanovic and Nemanja Matic to name but four have let him down.
Costa even held his hands up last week and admitted that he came back after the summer overweight and therefore unprepared to spearhead Chelsea’s title defence. A defence that now looks a total shambles after mustering only 11 points from 10 Premier League matches.
It is one thing admitting your mistakes or guilt but it is quite another putting things right and Costa still clearly has some way to go before finding his imperious form of last season. And the same can be said of several other members of Mourinho’s squad.
They go up against Stoke side that were quite frankly a disgrace to the paying supporters against Watford on Saturday. Did they actually muster a meaningful attack on goal? Hardly. Manager Mark Hughes criticised his players for lacking “imagination” against a Watford side that wouldn’t look out of place laying bricks on a building site.
“Star” names such as £12 million man Xherdan Shaqiri and Bojan owe one to the Stoke supporters for such below par displays. And what is more, we feel that the Stoke fans are going to get what they deserve at the Britannia stadium.
Before 0-2 defeat to the Hornets Stoke were gunning for five straight wins so it would seem that their general form is sound. We’re prepared to say Saturday’s result was a one-ff. So to get 3.80 odds about a Stoke win makes far more appeal than struggling Chelsea at a paltry 2.10.
Stoke welcome back talismanic skipper and central defender Ryan Shawcross following back surgery. The defender, who is bafflingly overlooked by England manager time and again will help solidify a desperately poor central defence that featured Marc Wilson against Watford.