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MANCHESTER---Two days after play-
ing at Old Trafford, Chelsea will expe-
rience the other side of English football
when the Premier League leaders visit
fourth-tier club Shrewsbury for the
biggest mismatch of the last 16 of the
The 9,875-capacity Greenhous Mead-
ow Stadium will have a slightly different
atmosphere to Manchester United s
"Theatre of Dreams" for the superstars
of Chelsea, who will be looking to avoid
one of the biggest upsets in the com-
petition s history.
Shrewsbury, which is 72nd in the Eng-
lish football pyramid, has already elim-
inated Premier League opposition in
Leicester and is looking to repeat the
exploits of Bradford, which beat three
top-flight teams to reach the final in
2013 while playing in the fourth tier.
Chelsea, which is unbeaten in all com-
petitions this season, will be a different
"It s all about a fantastic evening on
Tuesday night, an evening in isolation
where we can go and absolutely enjoy
it," Shrewsbury manager Micky Mellon
In other last 16 matches, Manchester
City hosts Newcastle and Liverpool is at
home to Swansea.
Here are some things to know about
this week s games in England s second-
tier knockout competition:
Didier Drogba rolled back the years
by scoring a towering header for Chelsea
in the 1-1 draw at United on Sunday, his
first league goal in his second spell at
The 36-year-old Drogba played the
whole game at Old Trafford and may be
called upon again at Shrewsbury.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is
unlikely to risk bringing back Diego Costa,
who has had hamstring problems and
also spent a night in the hospital last
week with a stomach virus. The other
striker in Chelsea s squad, Loic Remy,
was also not in the squad against Unit-
ed.Drogba has only had one week of full
training after injury problems.
Mourinho is likely to rotate his lineup
given the quick turnaround, so expect
starts for the likes of Andre Schuerrle,
John Obi Mikel, Mohamed Salah and
With a Manchester derby looming
next weekend, Man City manager Manuel
Pellegrini has some selection dilemmas
for the visit of Newcastle on Wednesday
as the defending champions look to stay
on course to defend their title.
Pellegrini will likely utilize the strength
of his squad, with established interna-
tionals Fernandinho, Martin Demichelis,
Stevan Jovetic, Bacary Sagna and James
Milner set for starts after being on the
bench for the 2-1 loss at West Ham on
Newcastle beat Tottenham 2-1 away
in the Premier League on Sunday.
"Hopefully, we can take that to Man-
chester City," said Sammy Ameobi, one
of the Newcastle scorers. "Anything is
possible if we go out with the right atti-
RODGERS SEEKS RESPITE
It s been a tough week for Liverpool
manager Brendan Rodgers after a big
home loss to Real Madrid in the Cham-
pions League and a 0-0 home draw
against Hull in the Premier League.
His old club arrives at Anfield on Tues-
day looking to increase the misery.
Rodgers spent two years in charge of
Swansea from 2010-12, guiding the Welsh
club into the Premier League in his first
season and moving to Liverpool 12
Swansea beat Liverpool at this stage
of the League Cup in Rodgers first season
at Anfield. On that occasion, Rodgers
played a string of fringe players.
CHANCE FOR UNDERDOGS
There will be at least two non-Premier
League teams in the quarterfinals, with
third-tier rivals MK Dons and Sheffield
United playing each other and Derby
traveling to Fulham in a meeting of two
In other matches, Tottenham and West
Bromwich Albion play second-tier side
Brighton and Bournemouth, respective-
ly.Stoke hosts Southampton in an all-
Premier League matchup, having played
each other on Saturday. Southampton
won that match 1-0 at home to move
into second place in the standings. (AP)
LONDON---Charlie Austin scored twice to lift Queens
Park Rangers off the bottom of the Premier League with
a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa yesterday that eased some
of the pressure on manager Harry Redknapp.
Austin slotted in the opener from just outside the area
in the 17th minute and then met a cross from Eduardo
Vargas in the 69th to fire in the second inside the near post.
It was only QPR s second win of the season and lifted
it above Burnley into 19th place with seven points from
nine rounds. Villa is three points further ahead in 15th place.
QPR was coming off a demoralizing 3-2 loss to Liverpool
when Redknapp s team gave away two late goals in an oth-
erwise strong performance, and looked determined to make
amends at Loftus Road.
"We knew if we put in half of that performance today
we d get something from the game," Austin said, referring
to the Liverpool game.
QPR striker Bobby Zamora said et up the opener when
he chested down a long ball up toward the Villa area into
the path of Austin, who calmly struck a low shot that crept
inside the post.
"Great finish," Zamora said. "The goal was exactly what
we needed. It gave us something to hang onto."
QPR has the league s worst defense, but goalkeeper Robert
Green made sure to keep just his second clean sheet of the
season and Austin put the game away after a mistake by
Villa. Carlos Sanchez clumsily gave the ball away in midfield
and Vargas raced down the right flank on a counter attack
before picking out Austin in the area.
Austin, a 25-year-old forward who s playing his first
season in the Premier League after years toiling in the lower
divisions, flicked the ball into the net with a perfect half-
"Today is a good turning point for us, and a great win,"
Zamora said. (AP)
ROME---Juventus has restored a three-point lead atop Serie
A. Second-place Roma is struggling to bounce back from its hu-
miliating 7-1 defeat to Bayern Munich.
And AC Milan is starting to look like a legitimate contender
for third place and the final Champions League berth.
That's the situation in the Italian league entering a midweek
round featuring Juve at mid-table Genoa, Roma hosting a Ce-
sena squad hovering near the relegation zone and Milan visit-
ing Cagliari, which is coached by the attack-minded Zdenek
Here are a few things to know entering the ninth round of
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri was relieved following a
2-0 win over Palermo on Sunday.
The three-time defending champion Juventus had seen its
advantage cut after dropping its first points of the season
against Sassuolo the previous week, then endured further dis-
appointment when it fell to a second successive Champions
League defeat at Olympiakos.
"I'm satisfied, because we gave up nothing and we've started
not to concede any goals again," Allegri said.
Juve had opened a three-point lead after a controversial 3-2
win over Roma earlier this month.
"If the championship race is still alive, it's thanks to Roma,"
With only one win in its last five matches in all competitions,
Roma is on its worst run since Rudi Garcia took over as coach
The disappointing run includes a draw at Manchester City in
the Champions League, the loss at Juventus, a win over Chievo
Verona, the Bayern embarrassment and then a 0-0 draw at
third-place Sampdoria on Saturday.
Garcia blamed the soft grass at Luigi Ferraris stadium for
slowing down Roma's passing game.
"But drawing at the home of a third-place club which hasn't
lost yet is par for the course. I'm satisfied with the squad," Gar-
cia said. For the Cesena match, Roma will likely still be without
key midfielder Sedou Keita and right back Maicon, who are re-
covering from injuries.
The appearance of Hong Kong executive Richard Lee sitting
next to club president Silvio Berlusconi at the San Siro on Sun-
day appeared to be a clear sign of AC Milan's interest in tapping
The Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Milan is considering
commercial enterprises in Asia with Lee, such as opening a
Casa Milan in China.
While Italy has seen an influx of foreign football owners re-
cently --- Boston executive James Pallotta is the president of
Roma, Indonesian entrepreneur Erick Thohir controls Inter
Milan and a group of North Americans took over Bologna ear-
lier this month --- Berlusconi recently said that he would never
sell the club to foreigners.
Lee saw Milan allow a second-half equalizer in a 1-1 draw
with Fiorentina. Still, since getting beat 1-0 by Juventus in Sep-
tember, Milan is undefeated in its last five matches and is
within one point of third place.
After helping Argentina to the World Cup final, goalkeeper
Sergio Romero is starting to make an impact again.
Having come on for the injured Emiliano Viviano in a 2-2
draw at Cagliari a week earlier, Romero made his first start of
the season and kept a clean sheet in the 0-0 draw with Roma
Having played with Monaco on loan in the French league last
season, Romero reportedly wanted to leave Sampdoria but
couldn't find a club he liked.
"He's a real professional. We all know his qualities and he
played a great match," Samp coach Sinisa Mihajlovic said, com-
plementing Romero for saving a dangerous header from Roma
forward Alessandro Florenzi in the final minutes.
In the World Cup semifinals, Romero saved penalties from
Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder in the shootout win over the
Next up, Romero takes his skills to the San Siro against Inter
Milan on Wednesday. Sampdoria has won four and drawn four
in eight matches thus far. (AP)
Roma seeks to reverse
poor run against Cesena
Chelsea faces mismatch
in last 16 of League Cup
QPR beats Aston Villa 2-0 in Premier League
Queens Park Rangers' Brazilian player Sandro, right, and Aston
Villa's Carlos Sanchez of Colombia, clash in the air during their
English Premier League football match at Loftus Road in
London, yesterday. Rangers won 2-0. AP PHOTO
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