Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Matic, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Torres
Chelsea are in all sorts of problems with regards to the title as they fell to two loses in their last three games. Coming out of a recent Premier League lost to Crystal Palace placed another huge dent on them winning the League. Jose Mourinho who is yet to lose at home is finding it quite hard recently to get points away from Stamford Bridge. The Blues will go into the match hoping to get themselves out of a bad run of forms with the manager looking to make two changes from the lost at the weekend. Frank Lampard and Andre Schurrle could possibly be replaced by Brazilian duo Willian and Oscar in midfield. With Samuel Eto’o out injured, Mourinho should probably deploy Fernando Torres up front with Chelsea clearly lacking in the striking department. The back line is left unchanged even though they has suffered quite a bit in recent days, with a lost 3-1 lost to Paris Saint-Germain a key talking point.
Stoke City (4-2-3-1): Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters, Adam, Whelan, Odemwingie, N’Zonzi, Arnautovic, Crouch
Stoke City are undefeated in five consecutive games since their defeat at the hands of Manchester City. Picking up four wins and a draw put Stoke at 10th place as they look to end the season in mid table. With three consecutive wins in a row, facing a demoralized Chelsea side could surely give Mark Hughes and his team a boost ahead of their match. The Potters will be boosted by the return of Charlie Adam who will be looking to start after coming back from his three match ban and playing only the final five minutes of last weekend’s match against Hull City. Stephen Ireland is looking to be the one who makes way for Adam as Mark Hughes will most probably keep a similar formation and line up that has been proving effective in recent weeks.
I recon Stoke can get a result on saturday,Chelsea players will be shattered plus they just don’t have many goals in them
— Joe O’Brien (@joe_obrien34) April 3, 2014
chelsea versus stoke city is a full time draw match.. i said it here first…
— SabinaBailey❤’s AFC (@SabinaGoonrette) April 3, 2014
Stoke city should win at the bridge.. am sure begovic will stop chelsea. #ChelseaGoTrophyless
— Felix Kilonzo (@starkolix) April 3, 2014
When Stoke City hosted Chelsea earlier this season, five goals were scored as The Potters came out on top winning the match 3-2. A top corner shot from Stoke’s Oussama Assaidi in the 89th minute gave his team a dramatic ending as well as all three points.
Even though Chelsea is currently under-performing, everybody should fear Eden Hazard because of his ability to take the ball up field with pace and agility. A great dribbler of the ball, he has found the net 14 times this season and also assisted in another 10 of his team’s goal.
Chelsea vs. Stoke City: An Alternative Preview
After winning eight and losing none of the first 10 Barclays Premier League meetings with Stoke City, Chelsea lost the last encounter earlier this season 2-3 to the Potters.
Stoke managed to score as many goals in their last match against Chelsea as they had managed in the previous 10 Premier League meetings (3).
Only Stoke City (15) have recovered more points from losing positions than Chelsea (14).
Jose Mourinho’s side have recovered 10 points from losing positions on home soil this season, more than any other team in the top flight.
Peter Odemwingie has scored in three successive Premier League appearances for the first time since May 2011 (five apps in a row).
Stoke City have scored just two headed goals this season, fewer than any other team in the Premier League.
Stoke City have committed more fouls than any other team in the top division (417), while Chelsea are the second most fouled team in the league (381).
Chelsea have allowed their opponents 99 shots on target against them, fewer than any other team in the Premier League.
Chelsea are unbeaten in 76 Premier League home games under Jose Mourinho winning 60 and drawing 16.
Chelsea have dropped just eight points from the last 75 available at Stamford Bridge (P25 W21, D4).