Chelsea are getting ever closer to securing another Premier League crown and Antonio Conte's side could take another decisive step towards the title with a win against Stoke City.
Mark Hughes' men could provide stern opposition, for they have been beaten in just one of their last 12 Premier League matches on home soil - a record that the Potters will be keen to extend as they welcome the most daunting of opposition.
Chelsea remain on course for a domestic double after reaching the FA Cup semi-finals by knocking Manchester United out of the competition on Monday night and the Blues, who have lost just one of their last 22 games in all competitions, are chalked up as Paddy Power's 3/5 (1.60) favourites to take all three points against the Potters.
The hosts can be backed at 9/2 (5.50) with Paddy Power to claim a famous win against Conte's charges, while the same firm offer 3/1 (4.0) that the match ends in stalemate - a selection that would have seen punters profit from two of Chelsea's last three Premier League matches away from Stamford Bridge.
The Blues were 4-2 winners when these teams met in west London on New Year's Eve and the odds compilers offer 4/5 (1.80) that both teams are on target once again in this renewal..
However, five of the last seven meetings between these sides in Stoke has seen fewer than three goals scored and Paddy Power's 5/6 (1.83) quote for that trend to continue is not without appeal; all but one of the Potters' last 10 home matches has seen no more than three goals scored, while no side in the top half of the Premier League table has scored fewer goals than Stoke City.
Chelsea's success has been built on defensive discipline; the Blues have conceded only 20 Premier League goals so far this season, leaking just 12 in 14 matches away from home.
The Blues have kept a clean sheet in no fewer than 13 of their Premier League games so far the season and the league leaders will certainly fancy their chances of shutting out Stoke.
They can be backed at 5/4 (2.25) with Paddy Power to keep another clean sheet here, but better value may lie in the 17/10 (2.70) quote from the same firm for Chelsea to win without conceding. This selection would have landed in no fewer than 16 of the Blues' competitive fixtures thus far this term, as well as in all but one of Chelsea's last seven away wins against Stoke in all competitions.
|Chelsea to win to nil at 17/10 (2.70) for a 2pt stake with Paddy Power|