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Chelsea vs Stoke – Match Preview

Roberto Di Matteo

Chelsea have the opportunity to go four points clear at the top of the table when they take on Stoke this Saturday.

Roberto Di Matteo’s men are the only side in the top four to play on Saturday, and a win would give them a decent gap at the top for at least 24 hours.

Stoke City go into the game unbeaten, but still looking for their first victory of the season following four consecutive Premier League games. This will be a tough task however, with Stoke’s last victory at Stamford Bridge coming back in 1974.

Di Matteo has a near fully fit squad to choose from, but midweek hero Oscar may miss out with an ankle injury that forced him off early against Juventus.

Daniel Sturridge is another who remains a doubt, whilst summer signing Marko Marin has still not recovered from a hamstring strain.

Stoke will be without Andy Wilkinson, who was caught elbowing Mario Balotelli during last weekends 1-1 draw with Manchester City, and has since been punished by the FA.

Matthew Etherington is in contention to start having made his comeback from the bench against Manchester City, whilst Michael Owen is likely to be a substitute once more.

Prediction: Chelsea 2-0 Stoke

Article title: Chelsea vs Stoke – Match Preview

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