Stoke City (4-5-1): Begovic, Bardsley, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters, N’Zonzi, Cameron, Walters, Diouf, Bojan, Crouch
Stoke City are dangling in mid-table after some indifferent form this season, as they only managed a draw against Crystal Palace last week after an amazing 3-2 win over Arsenal in the previous game. The Potters will however need to be at their best for the visit of Premier League leaders Chelsea, who bounced back from their defeat to Newcastle with a professional 2-0 home win against Hull last weekend. Manager Mark Hughes will be sweating over the fitness of summer signing Bojan, as the Spaniard limped off the field with a hip injury during the 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace. In-form Peter Crouch should lead Stoke’s attack, flanked by Jonathan Walters and Mame Biram Diouf.
Chelsea (4-5-1): Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Matic, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Diego Costa
Chelsea head to the Britannia with a fully fit and suspension-free squad, and manager Jose Mourinho will hope to take all the points with Manchester City now only three points behind the current league leaders. The Blues managed to lose their first game against Newcastle in gameweek 15, but bounced back with an Eden Hazard-inspired 2-0 victory over Hull City last weekend. Cesc Fabregas missed the win over the Tigers due to a suspension, but returns to partner Nemanja Matic in the midfield pivot role. Mourinho also has the dilemma of whether to use Cesar Azpilicueta or Filipe Luis at left-back, with the latter brilliant in their 3-1 win over Bournemouth in midweek. Diego Costa will spearhead the Chelsea attack after ending his mini-goalscoring drought against Hull.
Chelsea have to keep good control of the game when they face stoke to avoid what happened at the britannia last season.#CFC
— Mjay Bank$ (@mujib_ango) December 19, 2014
I really hope Chelsea lose to stoke … — Syed CR7 (@Syed_Quadri7) December 19, 2014
Chelsea go to Stoke on monday, i can see them losing
— Matthew (@carrick_fan) December 19, 2014
Chelsea needs to win their next two games. Stoke will prove difficult. — Boy_alinko (@mayordollar) December 18, 2014
One of the unluckiest performances ever seen, Jonathan Walters managed to score two own goals and miss a penalty in their 4-0 loss to Chelsea back in the 2012-2013 season. What are the odds of it happening again!?