Chelsea made it 12 league wins in a row with a comfortable 3-0 win over Bournemouth on Boxing Day and they will equal the record for the most amount of consecutive wins in a single campaign if they beat Stoke on New Year’s Eve.
Stoke made a bright start against Liverpool but crumbled to a heavy 4-1 defeat. Things don’t get much easier as they travel to Premier League leaders Chelsea next to cap a gruelling run of fixtures on the road, which also saw them lose to Arsenal before Tuesday’s match.
The Potters are actually unbeaten in their last three meetings with Chelsea and the Blues have only managed to score a single goal in four of the last six meetings between the sides at Stamford Bridge. However, it’s hard to see Stoke stopping the Chelsea juggernaut, who could extend their lead to nine points at the top of the table by the end of the weekend. Naijabet.com
Chelsea – Chelsea are boosted by the return of Diego Costa and N’Golo Kante, who both missed their 3-0 win over Bournemouth through suspension. Pedro, however, is ruled out due to an accumulation of yellow cards.
Stoke – Marko Arnautovic serves the final game of his three-match ban here.
Ibrahim Afellay’s return to action was one of few positives for Stoke in their 4-1 defeat to Liverpool on Tuesday night. That was his first appearance for Stoke in nine months, but another role from the bench is expected for now.
Mark Hughes was angry with the performance of his team against Liverpool after they threw in the towel following a really encouraging start. He may stick with the same formation, although Stoke fans will want to see Bojan or Xherdan Shaqiri start.
Chelsea have won their last 12 matches in Premier League.
Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in 10 of their last 12 Premier League matches.
Chelsea have been winning at both half time and full time in 8 of their last 11 matches (Premier League).
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 8 of Chelsea’s last 9 home games (Premier League).
Chelsea are undefeated in 18 of their last 20 matches against Stoke in all competitions.
Chelsea have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 3 matches against Stoke in all competitions.
Chelsea have scored at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 home matches (Premier League).