Premier League Preview: Chelsea - Stoke
After being held at home by Juventus, Roberto Di Matteo's men return to League action against a Potters side that features Americans Maurice Edu and Geoff Cameron
By Chris Teale
Ivanovic, Terry, Luiz, Cole
Ramires, Mikel, Lampard
Hazard, Torres, Mata
Shotton, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson
Walters, Adam, Kightly
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 has no injuries or suspensions, so has 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 has lost just one of its 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 has failed to score in any of its 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.
Top 3 Predictions
Chelsea 2-0 Stoke
- 18.06 %
Chelsea 3-0 Stoke
- 16 %
Chelsea 3-1 Stoke
- 13.19 %
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Jan 12, 2013||Stoke 0 - Chelsea 4|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Sep 22, 2012||Chelsea 1 - Stoke 0|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Mar 10, 2012||Chelsea 1 - Stoke 0|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Aug 14, 2011||Stoke 0 - Chelsea 0|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Apr 2, 2011||Stoke 1 - Chelsea 1|
|Dec 4, 2013||Sunderland 3 - Chelsea 4||EPL|
|Dec 1, 2013||Chelsea 3 - Southampton 1||EPL|
|Nov 26, 2013||Basel 1 - Chelsea 0||UCL|
|Nov 23, 2013||West Ham 0 - Chelsea 3||EPL|
|Nov 9, 2013||Chelsea 2 - West Bromwich 2||EPL|
|12||John Obi Mikel||Midfielder|
Times In EDT
Live Final scheduled Suspended Cancelled Postponed