Stoke City vs Chelsea: Premier League match preview

A look ahead to Monday's Premier League fixture at the Britannia Stadium

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The Independent Online

Premier League leaders Chelsea travel to the Britannia Stadium to take on Stoke on Monday, looking to widen the gap between themselves and their title rivals.

Jose Mourinho will be wary of the threat posed by the Potters, who delivered a shock 3-2 win at the Britannia last year.

However, the Premier League leaders will be buoyed by news that star player Eden Hazard has all but agreed a new contract to remain at Stamford Bridge.

Stoke stunned Arsenal by scoring three first-half goals before holding onto their advantage in the second half when they last played at home. A repeat performance would be welcomed by manager Mark Hughes at the start of a tough looking festive fixture list that also includes games against Everton and Manchester United.

KICK-OFF: Monday, 8pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Chelsea 3 (Salah, Lampard, Willian) Stoke 0, Premier League, April 2014

Chelsea 1 (Oscar) Stoke 0, FA Cup, January 2014

Stoke 3 (Crouch, Ireland, Assaidi) Chelsea 2 (Schürrle 2), Premier League, December 2013

STATS…

Stoke have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 10 Premier League games.

The Potters have failed to score in five of the last six Premier League matches against Chelsea.

Chelsea have conceded only six goals against Stoke in their last 12 Premier League meetings – half of those coming in the Stoke’s 3-2 win over the Blues last December.

Chelsea have lost just one of their last 19 Premier League matches on a Monday evening.

 

ODDS…

Stoke to win: 6.0

Chelsea to win: 1.65

Draw: 3.90

TV: Live on Sky Sports 1 at 8pm

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