Tony Pulis's men are just five points outside the relegation places but have won four out of their last six matches at the Britannia Stadium
|Stoke City: Begovic; Wilson, Shawcross, Huth, Higginbotham; Pennant, Whelan, Delap, Etherington; Walters, Jones.
|Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, David Luiz, Terry, Cole; Ramires, Essien, Lampard, Malouda; Torres, Drogba.
- In 84 matches in all competitions, Chelsea have won 38, Stoke have won 27 and 19 games have been drawn.
- If all matches ended at half-time, Stoke would be in 19th place in the Premier League table on just 24 points.
- Chelsea's 13 clean sheets in the league puts them in joint first place with Manchester City, but the London outfit have played one game less.
- Stoke have averaged 1.20 goals scored per game in the top flight compared to Chelsea's average of 1.83.
- Big money January signing Fernando Torres is yet to score for his new club in seven appearances in all competitions.
- Stoke's Britannia Stadium has a fearsome reputation but Chelsea's 22-point haul on the road is the second best in the league.
- The combined score of the last three meetings between the club's is Chelsea 11-0 Stoke.
- Stoke have not beaten Chelsea at home since their 3-0 victory in the old Division One on April 5 1975.
- Since Nicolas Anelka's injury time strike against Sunderland on February 1, neither the Frenchman, Didier Drogba and Torres have scored in the league.
August 28, 2010: Chelsea 2-0 Stoke City
- Stoke's 4-0 victory against Newcastle United last time out was their biggest ever Premier League win.
Goals from Florent Malouda and Drogba continued Chelsea's perfect start to the season and cemented their place at the top of the fledgling table.
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