STOKE CITY VS CHELSEA PREVIEW
The league leaders are set for a tough test at the Bet365 Stadium against Stoke City. Antonio Conte’s side are looking to preserve the 10 points lead at the top of the table however they have to beat Mark Hughes man who are unbeaten in last eight Premier League matches at home.
Date: Saturday, March 18
Time: 8:45 PM, NST
Venue: Bet365 Stadium
TV Info: Star Sports Select HD2
Jack Butland and Stephen Ireland are the long-term absentees for Mark Hughes while Xherdan Shaqiri could also miss the clash due to his calf blow. According to The Sun, Mame Biram Diouf, Glenn Johnson and Marko Arnautovic could return.
For Chelsea, wing back Victor Moses is the only major doubt following his injury against Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-final. The Italian manager has to consider some tactical change if the Nigerian misses out.
Stoke City: Last five Games
Manchester City 0 – 0 Stoke City D
Stoke City 2 – 0 Middlesbrough W
Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Stoke City L
Stoke City 1-0 Crystal Palace W
West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Stoke City L
Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United W
West Ham United 1-2 Chelsea W
Chelsea 3-1 Swansea City W
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Chelsea W
Burnley 1-1 Chelsea D
PREVIEW – Stoke City vs Chelsea:
Since that switch to the back 3, Chelsea have looked unstoppable, but Stoke City have some happy memories against The Blues in the recent time. Stoke recorded a 1-0 league win over Chelsea last season and also managed to knocked them out of the Captial One Cup on Penalties where Hazard infamously missed the last penalty.
Chelsea has a game against Crystal Palace before squaring off against Manchester City which is almost the title decider this season. So, Antonio Conte’s man would love all 6 points before that big clash at the Bridge.