Mark Hughes has recalled Jonathan Walters to the starting line-up while centre-back Robert Huth returns from injury in time to face his former club.
The only other change Hughes has been forced to make is replacing the injured Erik Pieters with Marc Muniesa as the Potters attempt to spring a surprise on title contenders Chelsea.
Jose Mourinho leaves Frank Lampard on the bench to make way for John Obi Mikel, while Andre Shurrle starts ahead of Brazilian midfielder Willian
Chelsea Starting XI: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Hazard, Ramires, Mikel, Mata, Schurrle; Torres
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