Chelsea x Stoke, English Premier League, Matchday 29.
Saturday, 5th March 2016. Kickoff: 15:00 GMT
Mid-table battle intensifies when Chelsea and Stoke City lock horns at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.
Stoke City grabbed a narrow 1-0 win against Newcastle United on Wednesday which lifted them to 7th in the Premier League and are now just 5 points below the fourth placed Manchester City. They have a very good chance to climb further up the table if they do well in their remaining 10 fixtures.
Chelsea are 10th in the table, three points behind Stoke City and they are also hopeful of a fourth placed finish depending upon how other teams perform in the coming weeks.
Last Five Premier League Matches
Stoke City: WWWLL
Stoke City are coming on the back of three wins in a row, before losing the previous three. Five of their last six matches have seen over 2.5 goals. Three of Potter’s last four matches end in defeats, with their last outing against Bournemouth produced a 3-1 win. Their last five away games have seen over 2.5 goals.
Chelsea are undefeated in 12 league matches, with 6 wins and 6 draws. While their home form in last 6 matches read 2 wins and 4 draws and five of those matches have seen over 2.5 goals. Their last home match was against Newcastle United which end in a 5-1 win.
Chelsea: Team News
Pedro, Zouma and Falcao are confirmed absentees for Chelsea due to their respective injuries. While John Terry is unlikely to be risked with the crucial Champions League tie against PSG in mind. Kenedy, who scored the opening goal against Norwich is likely to miss after he picked up a groin injury.
Alexandre Pato made his debut for Chelsea from the bench in the midweek win against Norwich and is once again set to start from the bench.
Chelsea: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Courtois – Rahman, Ivanovic, Cahill, Azplicueta – Mikel, Fabregas – Hazard, Oscar, Pedro – Costa.
Stoke City: Team News
Phil Bardsley is the latest casuality for Stoke City injury list after he was forced off midway through the first half against Newcastle. He will join Shay Given, Charlie Adam, Glen Johnson, Marc Wilson and Ryan Shawcross in the treatment table.
Bojan hasn’t started in any of the last four matches for Mark Hughes and is likely to sit-out once again.
Stoke City: Predicted Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Butland – Pieters, Cameron, Muniesa, Wollscheid – Whelan, Imbula – Arnautovic, Shaqiri, Affelay – Walters.
Chelsea vs Stoke City: Head-to-Head Stats
Chelsea have won the last 9 home matches against Stoke City in all competitions and are unbeaten in the last 10 home matches. Stoke’s last away win at Chelsea was in 1974.
Stoke City won the reverse fixture of this season by a solo goal by Marko Arnautovic in the 53rd minute at the Brittania Stadium.
Chelsea vs Stoke City: Prediction
Chelsea are getting strong with every match into the league under Guus Hiddink and their superior record against Stoke City will be playing on the player’s mind. And on the current form, Chelsea could be backed at good value to win this tie; and expect over 2.5 goals.[interaction id=”56d891e84ab46a01036d4fc8″]