Stoke City vs Chelsea
English Premier League, Season 2017/18
Date: Saturday, 23rd September 2017
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Bet365 Stadium (Stoke on Trent).
Stoke City had some moments of brilliance this season, but the overall outlook isn’t that impressing. The team managed just 1 win from their five Premier League matches so far this season, drew 2 and lost 2. This came along with some tough fixtures on the way.
The standout performances for the Potters this term came at their home ground. First was the 1-0 win against Arsenal and second the 2-2 stalemate that temporarily halted the winner streak of free scoring Manchester United. The remaining three games were played away from home and they lost to the likes of Everton and Newcastle, while salvaging a point against West Brom.
Stoke City are coming on the back of a disappointing defeat in the League Cup fixture on the midweek, 0-2 away at Bristol City.
Chelsea were held to a goal-drew draw at Stamford Bridge by arch rivals Arsenal last weekend. Antonio Conte will be thoroughly disappointed with the display and he got his team to respond in a positive manner when the Blues took on Nottingham Forest in the midweek. The magnitude of the 5-1 win suggest that the attacking prowess is not all lost.
The Blues are unbeaten in all competitions since the 2-3 loss on match-day 1 against Burnley, 5 wins and 1 draw from 6. They two away fixtures during the period were against Spurs and Leicester City, both won by 2-1 margin.
Stoke City vs Chelsea: Head-to-head stats
The Blues won both Premier League head-to-head meetings of last season, 2-1 in the corresponding fixture at the Britannia before a thrilling 4-2 win at Stamford Bridge.
Both teams scored in 4 of the last five meetings.
Also, Chelsea won 5 of their last 9 away meetings with Stoke, drew 2 and lost 2. The two defeats came inside the last four seasons.
Stoke City vs Chelsea: Predictions
This could be a close match with the recent four h2h meetings at this stadium producing 2 wins each. Also, Stoke have a good account of themselves at home against strong teams in the division. Meanwhile, Chelsea are far from their best form that helped them win the title last season. The Blues have shown some poor discipline with the defense being sloppy on far too many occasions. So, if Stoke lost this game, it will be by the slimmest of the margins.
Stoke City vs Chelsea: Bet Tips
My primary pick for this fixture is Both Teams Scoring for 1.95 odds with Bet365.
Brave punters can back Stoke or Draw double chance for 2.40 odds with the same bookmaker.