Walsall forward Romaine Sawyers eyes Chelsea upset

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Romaine Sawyers tells HITC Sport there is no better time to play against Chelsea as Walsall aim to cause a major shock in the Capital One Cup.

Walsall forward Romaine Sawyers has told HITC Sport that they have no fear of facing Chelsea in the Capital One Cup, as they aim to dump the holders out at the third round in one of the biggest upsets in the competition's history.

Chelsea begin the defence of their trophy with a tricky looking trip to in-form League One side Walsall on Wednesday, who have already overcome Championship duo Nottingham Forest and Brighton & Hove Albion to reach the third round.

Walsall are riding high in second spot in League One and are looking to add to Chelsea's troubled start to the season by sending them packing in the League Cup.

Chelsea got back to winning ways in the Premier League on Saturday with a controversial 2-0 win over nine-man Arsenal, and former West Bromwich Albion trainee Sawyers is relishing the opportunity of facing the reigning champions.

"I was an Arsenal fan when I was growing up so it would be nice to get one over on Chelsea as an Arsenal fan," Sawyers told HITC Sport.

"To come up against any Premier League team is a great opportunity and as a team and a player you want to play at the highest level, and it does not come much bigger than Chelsea - the holders of the cup and the Premier League champions.

"Playing against a Premier League team, it inspires and motivates you do well to try and play at the highest level."

Sawyers, who netted his fifth goal of the season against Peterborough United at the weekend, admits the squad predicted they would draw a Premier League side in the third round, with former Chelsea youngster Milan Lalkovic calling it that they would land the plum draw of hosting Jose Mourinho' star-studded team.

"We fancied getting a Premier League in the third round and Milan [Lalkovic] actually predicted we would get Chelsea, and it is nice for him to come up against his former club," added Sawyers.

"Everyone at the club is happy with the draw for different reasons. It ticks so many boxes, it will be a full house at the Banks's Stadium and gives us all as players the chance to test ourselves against some of the best players in the world.

"We will show no fear against Chelsea and there is a belief in the camp we can do something having beaten Forest and Brighton already.

"We have been underdogs in those two games and will be underdogs again against Chelsea, so it is a win-win situation for us as no one will expect us to win, but we feel we can do something as the way they have started the season, if there is a time to come up against Chelsea now is the time."

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