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September 22, 2012 2:00 PM GMT
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ M. Oliver‎
Attendance:‬ 41112‎
 
85′ Ashley Cole
 

Chelsea - Stoke Preview: Blues look for response after Champions League draw

After their being held at home by Juventus, the Roberto Di Matteo's men return to Premier League action against a Potters side that have drawn all four of their games

By Chris Teale

UEFA Champions League, Chelsea v Juventus, Oscar, David Luiz
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CHELSEA

Cech
Ivanovic, Terry, Luiz, Cole
Ramires, Mikel, Lampard
Hazard, Torres, Mata


STOKE


Begovic
Shotton, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson
Nzonzi, Whelan
Walters, Adam, Kightly
Crouch


Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge remains a doubt after being ruled out of the club’s 2-2 draw with Juventus in the Champions League.

Oscar, who scored a brace in that game, was subbed off with an ankle injury in that game, and is doubtful.

Otherwise, Chelsea have no injuries or suspensions, so have a strong squad to choose from.

Meanwhile, Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson is banned after being sent off in the game at home to Manchester City, and could be replaced by Ryan Shotton.

Mamady Sidibe is still recovering from a groin injury he sustained in training, and is unlikely to make this game while Jamie Ness is also a doubt with a groin injury.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Chelsea have lost just one of their last 11 Premier League games at Stamford Bridge.
  • In April 2012, Forbes magazine ranked Chelsea as the seventh most valuable football club in the world, at £743 million.
  • Last season, these two sides played out a 0-0 draw on the opening day at the Britannia Stadium, before Chelsea prevailed 1-0 at Stamford Bridge thanks to a goal from Didier Drogba.
  • However, in April 2010, Stoke suffered a 7-0 defeat in the fixture between these sides at Stamford Bridge, thanks to a hat-trick from Salomon Kalou and a brace from Frank Lampard.
  • Stoke have failed to score in any of their last four visits to Chelsea.
  • Potters defender Robert Huth (pictured right) was once part of Chelsea’s first-team squad, and made 42 appearances for the club in the Premier League before leaving for Middlesbrough in 2006.
  • Geoff Cameron joined Stoke this summer from MLS side Houston Dynamo, having been selected for the league’s all-star game against Manchester United in 2011.


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Available Squads
1Petr CechGoalkeeper
2Branislav IvanovicDefender
3Ashley ColeDefender
4David LuizDefender
24Gary CahillDefender
7RamiresMidfielder
11OscarMidfielder
12John Obi MikelMidfielder
17Eden HazardMidfielder
9Fernando TorresStriker
8Juan MataStriker
21Ross TurnbullGoalkeeper
26John TerryDefender
28César AzpilicuetaDefender
23Ryan BertrandDefender
6Oriol RomeuMidfielder
8Frank LampardMidfielder
12Victor MosesMidfielder
1Asmir BegovicGoalkeeper
20Geoff CameronDefender
4Robert HuthDefender
12Marc WilsonDefender
17Ryan ShawcrossDefender
6Glenn WhelanMidfielder
15Steven N'ZonziMidfielder
16Charlie AdamMidfielder
21Michael KightlyMidfielder
19Jonathan WaltersStriker
25Peter CrouchStriker
29Thomas SørensenGoalkeeper
20Matthew UpsonDefender
30Ryan ShottonDefender
18Dean WhiteheadMidfielder
26Matthew EtheringtonMidfielder
9Kenwyne JonesStriker
10Michael OwenStriker
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