Chelsea take on Walsall in the third round of the Capital One Cup tie at The Banks's Stadium on Wednesday, 23 September.
Where to Watch
Kick-off is set for 7:45pm BST. Radio commentary of the game will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live.
Walsall have been in fine form in League One this season as they lost only one of the eight matches played so far this season. In the previous fixture, they settled for a 1-1 draw against Peterborough United. Dean Smith's side defeated Nottingham Forest and Brighton & Hove Albion in the first and the second rounds of the Capital One Cup. They have conceded four goals in two matches and could expect to concede a few more when they host the holders on Wednesday.
Chelsea ended their disappointing run in the league with a 2-0 victory over London rivals Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. Kurt Zouma and Eden Hazard were on the scoresheet as the game saw two Gunners players sent off. The Blues star Diego Costa has been handed a three-match ban by the Football Association for violent conduct during the game against Arsenal. He will miss the Capital One Cup clash against Walsall.
What Managers Say
Dean Smith: "Jose will know that better than me. We were top of the league last week and were still probably being criticised by a few for different systems and different players you chose. That is football, you are never going to please everybody. He is in the same job as me, he is a football manager. Our jobs are the same, our job descriptions are the same. My chairman and board of directors and supporters want to win as much as Chelsea's."
Jose Mourinho: "A cup is a cup. A trophy is a trophy. If you lose, you lose but you don't need to throw it away. So yes, we look to the competition in a proper way, and I also think it's very important to respect opponents. I don't think opponents from the Championship, League One or League Two expect the big clubs to go and play against them without the best players."
Betting Odds (888Sport.com)
- Walsall to win: 27/4
- Draw: 15/4
- Chelsea to win: 3/7
- Last Five (all competitions): D W L L W
- Last Result: Peterborough United 1-1Walsall
- Last Five (all competitions): W W L L W
- Last Result: Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal
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