Pre Match : Stoke City vs Chelsea FC Preview , Team News, Lineups, Live Stream Online, Match Prediction
December 7, 2013 3:00 PM GMT
Britannia Stadium — Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Referee: J. Moss
Stoke City Potters welcome at Britannia Stadium Jose Mourinho’s side knowing they have not beaten Chelsea since 1995, but Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam is optimistic they can do it now.
Chelsea perfect December is going to be tested, and to remain perfect Chelsea once again needs to win.This time on the other side will be a tough Hughes’s men which rarely lose at home. Still, the history is on Chelsea side, as Blues have won 10 and lost none of the last 12 matches against the Potters in all competitions.
More stats are pointing to Chelsea win, when we say that Potters against Blues have scored just three times in the last 10 Premier league matches, while in the last four in a row , Potter failed to score at least one goal. Speaking of the Chelsea domination against Potters, let us say that in April 2010, Chelsea inflicted the heaviest defeat to Stoke, of even 7-0.
Stoke City this season doesn’t look to good, and under Hughes , Potters have won only three games in Premier league, drew 5 times and lost 6 games in the last 14 games.
We wont say anything shocking when we say that Stoke City plays much better at home and only these home games are what’s keeping the Potters above the relegation zone. In the last two home games, Potters have celebrated over Sunderland and drew against the league rookies, Cardiff City. In the meantime on tour in Liverpool they suffered a heavy defeat of 4-0 by Everton. In this position, Chelsea will certainly have a lot of possession while Stoke City certainly will try to take some points from Mourinho’s men with a defensive approach and counter-attacks.
Hughes expecting tough Chelsea game
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes shared his thoughts on Friday about his side’s match against Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Stoke City home record shows just how much of hard work Chelsea should have if the Blues want to keep on with their good record against the Potters, who have conceded only 3 goals in the 7 home matches.
Regarding the first lineup, the experienced stopper Huth due to injury is still out, while in the last game defender Pieters picked a slight injury, so he is doubtful for this game, and this could be a chance for Wilson to step in.
Stoke City Probable lineup : Begovic – Cameron, Shawcross, Muniesa, Wilson – N’Zonzi, Whelan – Arnautović, Adam, Walters – Crouch
Unlike Stoke City , Chelsea this Saturday’s game awaits in a much better mood , since they again manage to bind three championship victories , and with it they scored 10 goals. This helped Blues to retain the league second place, with just 4 points behing the league leaders, Arsenal.
Chelsea this season plays away games very changeable, and unlike the last away win of 4-3 against Sunderland, Mourinho probably shall try with a different approach in this game. Meaning he shall set the tactic and use more from Hazard and Oscard, while Torres or Ba should have then more space to score.
Out of action are injured defender Luiz , midfielder van Ginkel and striker Eto’o .
Chelsea probable lineup : Cech – Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta –Mikel, Lampard – Ramires, Oscar, Hazard – Torres
Match Prediction : While Chelsea are the clear favourite here, knowing Potters home record, 3 or under 3 goals seems much more likely here to take.