Chelsea - Stoke City Betting Preview: Stuffy Stoke can make hosts sweat

The Blues are strong favourites to claim all three points but our tipster is backing Mark Hughes' men to make life tough for Jose Mourinho's title-chasing side at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea are aiming to get their challenge for the Premier League title back on track this weekend when they welcome Stoke City to Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.

The Blues saw their hopes of claiming the league title dented last weekend as they slipped to a shock 1-0 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace before crashing to a 3-1 defeat against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League in midweek.

Jose Mourinho’s men boast a hugely impressive home record though, having won 12 of their last 13 matches at Stamford Bridge in all competitions so it comes as little surprise to see the hosts as short as 1/5 (1.20) with William Hill to take all three points this weekend.

Stoke ran out as 4-1 winners in their last Premier League away match at Aston Villa but that was only the Potters’ second away win in 16 attempts in the top flight thus far this term and they may find the going tough in west London.

Mark Hughes’ side are chalked up at a chunky 12/1 (13.0) with William Hill to beat the Blues on their own patch while the same firm offer a juicy 9/2 (5.50) that both sides are forced to settle for a share of the spoils.

It is worth noting that, despite their appalling away record, the Potters have lost just one of their last nine matches while Mark Hughes’ side also ran out as 3-2 winners when the sides went head-to-head at Brittania Stadium back in December.

Furthermore, Chelsea laboured to a 1-0 win against Stoke in the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge in January and it could well be another frustrating 90 minutes ahead for the Blues this weekend.

With that in mind, the 21/20 (2.05) quote on offer from William Hill for Stoke (+2) in the handicap market carries considerable appeal here while the even money (2.0) quote from the same firm for fewer than three goals to be scored is also likely to prove hugely popular with punters here.

Mark Hughes’ men have lost just one of their last 15 fixtures by a margin greater than a single goal – a 5-3 reverse at the hands of Liverpool in January – and the Potters can make life difficult for Jose Mourinho’s men here.

Therefore, the 21/20 (2.05) quote offered up by William Hill for Stoke (+2) in the handicap market is the recommended play for punters this weekend.

Stoke (+2) to win at 21/20 (2.05) for a 2pts stake with William Hill

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