Following the enthralling midweek trip to the Stadium of Light, Chelsea will be looking to make it three wins out of three in December so far. Up next in the list of ‘S’ teams is an away trip to Stoke City.
Stoke boss, Mark Hughes will be hoping his current team don’t do his former employers any favours with The Potters just four points off the relegation zone. But a win for Jose Mourinho’s men would see Chelsea cut Arsenal’s lead at the top of the Premier League to just one point, with the Gunners facing a tough test against and in-form Everton side likely to contain free-scoring Chelsea loanee, Romelu Lukaku.
Chelsea are still without David Luiz who is missing with a knee injury. A late decision is expected to made on the fitness of Oscar and Samuel Eto’o.
Mark Hughes is waiting on the fitness of Dutch left-back Erik Pieters after he was forced off at half-time in the 0-0 draw with Cardiff. Jonathan Walters should return, but Matthew Etherington and former Blue Robert Huth will miss out.
Chelsea have not lost to Stoke in any of the last 12 meetings between the two sides, winning ten.
Stoke have scored just three goals in their ten Premier League games against The Blues; and haven’t scored in their last four.
Chelsea inflicted Stoke’s biggest ever Premier League defeat, winning 7-0 at Stamford Bridge on the way to winning the title in 2010.
Demba Ba will be hoping his form against Stoke will earn him a place in the starting line-up. The striker has scored four Premier League goals against The Potters. He has only scored more goals against West Brom (6).
Chelsea will be hoping to score three or more goals in three consecutive Premier League away match – it will be the first time they have done so since August 2009.