Chelsea vs Stoke: Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

By on March 9, 2012

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Chelsea welcome Stoke City to Stamford Bridge on Saturday with interim manager Roberto Di Matteo set to take charge of his first Premier League game.

Di Matteo will be looking to build upon the Blues 2-0 FA Cup win over Birmingham on Tuesday but will know that they face tough opposition in Stoke City, who have won their last two league games keeping clean sheets on both occasions.

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Chelsea head into the game having won only one of their previous six league games and with difficult matches with Man City and Tottenham coming up, a home win this Saturday is vital if they are to push for a top-four finish.

Team News

Di Matteo rested a number of players for the midweek tie at St. Andrews so we should expect changes on Saturday.

Chelsea have received a massive boost this week with the news that captain John Terry has recovered from his knee injury ahead of schedule and could even start this weekend. Although a substitute appearances appears more likely.

Ashley Cole is also in line to return after recovering from an ankle injury, but Jose Bosingwa is still out.

Tony Pulis is expected to name an un-changed line-up following last weeks win over Norwich. The only slight doubt is Andy Wilkinson, who was forced off early on last week, but the defender is likely to play.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted score

Stoke have a poor record at Stamford Bridge and have conceded 11 goals in their last two visits, something Tony Pulis will be keen at address.

However, judging by their improved display on Tuesday, it looks like Roberto Di Matteo has the backing of his players and that will be key for Chelsea as they battle for a top-four place. We predicted a relatively tight game, but the home side will have enough to edge it. Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

What are your thoughts on the game? What will the score be? Get involved in the comments section…

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16 Comments

  1. Okiinny

    March 9, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Wht is drogbe/sturri doing in the startin line up-Plz replace then with dis players-torres and locas piazon/lukaku.

  2. Brian Scott

    March 9, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    —————-Cech————

    Bran—–Cahill—-Luiz—–Cole

    ———-Mikel—Meireles——

    Ramires——Lampard———Mata

    ————-Torres————-

    Prediction: Chelsea 3 Stoke 0

  3. Adekunle

    March 9, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Chelsea3-0 stoke

  4. Soludo Uchenna

    March 9, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Kalou mad significant impact in opening B’ham’s defence in midweek game. So, i cherish to see him back in line up.
    —————-cech—————–
    ———liuz———-cahill———
    ivan——————————cole
    remires—mikel—meireles–mata
    ———–kalou—torres————
    4-4-2 with defensive triangle. Good foe defence and attacking football. Chelsea 2:1 Stoke

  5. kentexcy

    March 9, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    chelsea 3 v stocke city 1

  6. Gbolo Braimah

    March 9, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Chelsea2-0stoke

  7. AZEEZ

    March 9, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    I will prefer Drogba to start tomorrow due to power play by stoke so that there defence will weak before torres in

  8. young mata

    March 9, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    line up cech luiz cahill ivanovic a.cole ramires essien lampard mata sturredge torres chelsea 3 stoke city 0

    • Simonchinonso

      March 9, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      Pls,pls my guy leav sturredge & essien out of the line up pls dont even menion it, i want my coach to use the last formation we use pls, we need to smile a gain 4 2 3 1

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  10. George

    March 9, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Chelsea must win,but only if the players won’t b selfish lk sturridge he nd to learn hw to pass

  11. Don Carter

    March 9, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    ————–cech————-
    Ivan—-luiz—–terry—–cole
    ———mikel—-essien——-
    –Sturridge———–mata—-
    ——-drogba—-Torres——

    Personally think this is the best Chelsea team available, should stick with two up front and just force Torres and drogba to be good together. Tell me this is not a good team!!

  12. Don Carter

    March 9, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    ————–cech————-
    Ivan—-luiz—–terry—–cole
    ———mikel—-essien——-
    –Sturridge———–mata—-
    ——-drogba—-Torres——

    Personally think this is the best Chelsea team available, . Tell me this is not a good team!!

  13. kiran

    March 10, 2012 at 7:49 am

    chelsea 0 stroke 1

  14. Deni

    March 10, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Chelsea 6 – Stoke 0

  15. omitogun olabode

    March 10, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    ……..Cech……….
    Ivanovic….luiz…terry….betrand
    …..Essien……
    …..Mata…..ramires……
    Sturridge….drogba…..torres

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