Chelsea boss Benitez is hoping for away-day salvation at Stoke City
Rafael Benitez might not normally relish a trip to face Stoke City, but recent form suggests his Chelsea side's best hope of reigniting their season lies away from Stamford Bridge.
The Londoners have looked formidable on the road, in stark contrast to the European champions' form at home where successive defeats have severely dented their bid for honours this season.
And Wednesday's 2-0 defeat by Swansea in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final provided a focus for the discontent that has been building up around the club over the past few months.
Chelsea supporters greeted the loss with fresh condemnation of both interim manager Benitez, his fellow Spaniard and misfiring striker Fernando Torres, as well as slamming the club's failure to offer a new contract to fans' favourite Frank Lampard.
It didn't help that Chelsea's previous appearance on home turf had seen them fall to a shock 1-0 defeat by Queens Park Rangers, who sit at the foot of the Premier League table.
It was a result that all but ended the Blues' title hopes.
Those results overshadowed the impressive victory at Everton and the confident 5-1 defeat of Southampton in last weekend's FA Cup third round, Chelsea's fifth successive away win in domestic competitions.
And while Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill has struggled to explain the pattern, Benitez's side risk further criticism if they return from the Britannia Stadium empty handed.
"I don't know what's wrong with our home form," Cahill said. "Normally, we are unbelievably hard to beat at Stamford Bridge and we've been getting results. We just have to be consistent in what we are doing.
"We're finding it difficult at the moment when teams camp in and put up two blocks of four to break down.
"We're having all the possession but it counts for nothing unless you create a lot.
"In the first half against Swansea we did create chances and if you take one or two of them then they [the opposition] have to come out - it would have been the same thing with QPR."
Benitez must decide whether Torres or Demba Ba offers the more effective cutting edge.
Ba scored twice on his debut against Southampton and had an effort ruled out for offside against Swansea after appearing as a late substitute, suggesting he is the striker in form.
Elsewhere today, Spurs take on QPR, with Andre Villas-Boas worried knowledge of Tottenham Hotspur's key players gives Harry Redknapp an advantage in his first clash against his old club since leaving White Hart Lane.
"It's a big advantage. In the end, when you manage a club, you know your football players very well," said Tottenham manager Villas-Boas when asked Redknapp's understanding of the Spurs squad.
"You get to know them, you get to know their qualities and I think Harry can take advantage of that. He knows what makes them tick and what they are not so good at."
Tomorrow sees Manchester United take on Liverpool and Arsenal play Manchester City in two huge clashes.