Chelsea v Stoke City

4 Mar

Marko Arnautovic scores for Stoke

Marko Arnautovic got the only goal when Stoke beat Chelsea in November


Chelsea are again without John Terry because of a hamstring problem, although he could still feature against Paris St-Germain on Wednesday.

Winger Pedro is unavailable for Saturday’s game because of a similar injury.

Stoke defender Phil Bardsley is out with a calf injury, while Geoff Cameron is doubtful with a sore ankle.

The Potters also remain without Ryan Shawcross, Charlie Adam, Shay Given, Glen Johnson and Marc Wilson.


John Roder: “Both Chelsea and Stoke come into this match in good form, having won their last three top-flight matches, and with the Blues still unbeaten in the Premier League under Guus Hiddink.

“It is 32 years since the Potters last won a league match at Stamford Bridge but they will travel to the capital hoping to complete the double over Chelsea, having won the reverse fixture 1-0 in November.

“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.”

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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.

Prediction: 2-0

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  • Stoke have not won a league match at Stamford Bridge since a 1-0 victory in April 1974.
  • That is also the last season in which they won both league games against the Blues.


  • Chelsea have won three successive Premier League games – their best run since a four-match streak between March and April 2015.
  • The Blues have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last seven home league games.
  • A win or draw on Saturday would make Guus Hiddink the first manager to start a spell in charge with a 12-match unbeaten run in the Premier League.
  • The Blues have claimed 19 points in 2016, the joint-highest total in the Premier League along with Tottenham.
  • Diego Costa has scored or set up 12 goals in his last 10 Premier League appearances (eight goals, four assists).

Stoke City

  • They have won their last three Premier League games, having lost the previous three.
  • Victory would give Stoke four successive league wins for the first time since 2011, equalling their longest winning run in the Premier League.
  • The Potters have won just one of their last 14 Premier League games in London (D5, L8).

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