“The home side’s priorities now are the Champions League and FA Cup, and with the second leg of their quarter-final against Paris St-Germain up next, Hiddink may be tempted to rest players this weekend.”
Stoke manager Mark Hughes: “I think everybody was scratching their heads as to why Chelsea couldn’t win games.
“It’s only in recent weeks that they’ve been able to get in the top 10 for the first time. No-one could have anticipated that at the start of the season.
“They’ve got themselves into a position where they can have a strong finish and may well get into the European places. They may need others to slip up… but they have the potential to go on a run which can take them a long way.”
Chelsea are making a late run – the way the Premier League is going, they are probably not out of the title race.
Seriously, though, we should not be surprised by their good form. Stoke are up to seventh place after winning three games in a row, but I see that run ending on Saturday.