Diego Costa remains the biggest injury concern for Chelsea ahead of the visit of Stoke City to Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.

The Spanish international had to withdraw from his national side over the international break thanks to a hamstring injury and looks unlikely to regain his place in the starting eleven that beat Hull before the break.

Loic Remy will therefore be looking to take his place after his winner sealed three points after a nervy and thrilling encounter at the KC Stadium. Didier Drogba of course is our other senior striking option.

John Obi Mikel will definitely miss the game, despite taking part in the full training for the past week. He is lacking match fitness and Jose Mourinho confirmed he will be in the matchday squad. His absence means Ruben Loftus-Cheek will likely sit on the bench again, as the teenager continues to attract praise from Chelsea top brass.

Meanwhile our visitors will be without key men of their own, as Jon Walters looks to battle back from a hamstring injury in time to be in contention. Victor Moses is inelligible against his parent club, Marc Muniesa is doubtful with a hamstring strain, and Peter Odemwingie remains a long-term absentee.

Stoke are 10th heading into this game 6 points clear of 11th place Crystal Palace, despite losing their last two games. The Potters have quietly silenced critics as they impress under former Chelsea striker Mark Hughes, with Sparky getting them playing football worlds apart from their Tony Pulis days. They remain a good counter-attacking side and should Chelsea defend anywher near as bad as they at Hull, Mame Biram Diouf will be looking to add to his 8 goals, their top scorer this season.

Despite Stoke’s attractive football and solid league position, it is hard to look past a home win, with some bookmakers offering a 4-0 home win at a shorter price than any Stoke win. It was 2-0 when the sides met earlier in the season, and it would a brave punter to back against the same result occuring as Chelsea look to stretch their lead to possibly nine points with a game in hand depending on how results earlier in the day go.

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