Stoke vs Chelsea: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups, Key Man & Predicted Score

By on December 6, 2013

Britannia Stadium

Chelsea take on Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday afternoon looking to close the gap at the top of the Premier League.

The Blues head into the game sitting four points off leaders Arsenal so will hope to cut their rivals advantage to just a single point ahead of the Gunners clash with Everton on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho’s men warmed up for the trip to the Britannia with a hard-fought 4-3 win away at Sunderland in midweek, which was the west Londoners fourth straight league win on the bounce.

Stoke on the other hand sit 14th in the table – just four points off the relegation zone – and will hope to get back to winning ways having been held to a 0-0 draw by Cardiff last time out.

Boss Mark Hughes will take on his former side and can take heart from the fact the Potters have held Chelsea at home twice in the last three years.

Team News

Stoke will once again be without the services of defender Robert Huth, who’s facing several weeks out with a knee injury.

Hughes has no fresh injury concerns to contend with so has almost his entire squad to choose from. Although he may opt to stick with the team that drew with Cardiff in midweek.

Chelsea will be without David Luiz with the Brazilian remaining out with a knee injury. His absence means Gary Cahill will continue alongside John Terry at the back.

Jose Mourinho has confirmed Ashley Cole will start one of the next two games, but he may be held back to face Steau Bucharest on Wednesday. Striker Samuel Eto’o is back in contention and will battle with Demba Ba and Fernando Torres for the starting berth up front.

Midfielder Oscar remains on the sidelines with an ankle injury that he picked up against Southampton last weekend, while Andre Schurrle could come in for Willian and Frank Lampard may get a rest.

Likely Line-Ups

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Key Man

Eden Hazard: The Belgian was in sensational form against Sunderland, scoring two goals and setting up another, and he’ll be the one to watch again this weekend.

Predicted Score

Stoke 0-2 Chelsea: The visitors are starting to find their stride and we think Chelsea will come away with the three points this weekend.

What would be your team for the game and what’s your predicted score? Share your views below.

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13 Comments

  1. Iyke jesus

    December 7, 2013 at 1:57 am

    I go with cech, cahill. terry, azp ivanovic ramires, mikel, mata, hazard,willian, torres

    • Ejehsunday

      December 7, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      The line up is gud as mata start the match

    • Ejehsunday

      December 7, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      The line up is gud as mata start the match.

  2. Saliu abdulazeez

    December 7, 2013 at 5:38 am

    I wil prefer d combination of mikel & ramires @ dt mildfid nd i wil olxo like 2 c dis scuard. Cech, aspi,ivanvc,tery,cahil,mikel,ramires,mata,willian,hazard,tores

  3. bukunmi

    December 7, 2013 at 6:04 am

    Cech, cahill, terry, ivanovic, aspi, mikel , ramires, hazard, mata nd shurrel, ba

  4. Jeancy Liene

    December 7, 2013 at 6:13 am

    I’d lke 2 c : cech,iva, azp, cahill, mikel, ramires, mata, hazard, willian, ba.
    sub : cole,lamp, schurrles, torres, debruyen, mark!

  5. Lucas osita

    December 7, 2013 at 6:32 am

    Cech,ivan,terry,cahill,Azp,ramires,mikel,hazard,mata,schurrle,BA

  6. Lucas osita

    December 7, 2013 at 6:33 am

    Cech,ivan,terry,cahill,Azp,ramires,mikel,hazard,mata,schurrle,BA,
    my prediction, stoke 2 vs 5 chelsea

  7. sanni qudus

    December 7, 2013 at 8:24 am

    i wil lik 2 c 1chek 2 ivanovic 3 azpllicueta 4 ramire’mikkel 5 cahill 6 terry 7 willian 9 ba 10 mata nd 11 hazard pridict score 1*4

  8. Julius

    December 7, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Cech
    iva, cahil, terry, azplic
    mikel rami
    Shurrle mata hazard
    Torres

  9. Thymo

    December 7, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Cech,cahill,JT,cole,azlipicueta,ramirez,mikel,mata,shurrle,hazard,FT9

  10. Ejehsunday

    December 7, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Oga Mourinho do ur best for d selection

  11. James daddy

    December 7, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    God bless chelsea

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