Premier League Preview: Chelsea vs. Stoke City

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  • Stoke winless at Chelsea since ’96 League Cup.
  • Potters scoreless in 660 mins at Chelsea.
  • Chelsea has drawn last two home PL matches.

Stoke City can climb as high as eighth if it can find a historic win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, with Chelsea planning on keeping or growing its six-point advantage atop the table at 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday on NBC (Stream with Live Extra here).

It’s been nearly 31 years since Stoke won at the Bridge during league play, though the Potters did the trick at home just last season.

Chelsea hasn’t lost in the Premier League since its dramatic 5-3 loss at Spurs on New Year’s Day, but has some relative struggles in recent weeks with home draws against Southampton and Burnley.

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The Blues have two London Derbies in their next four matches plus a visit from Manchester United, and Stoke won’t be an easy three points to complete the quartet.

Stoke has followed up a trio of wins with back-to-back losses to West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace.

What they’re saying

Thibaut Courtois on dealing with Stoke for a second time: “We handled it very well, so I’m sure they will play the same and I hope I can come for the crosses as I did there. Of course now they know also in that moment I came for the crosses so they will maybe put one or two guys on me. Maybe it will be harder, but of course I have to try to help the team on that aspect because with the tall Peter Crouch it’s not easy for the defenders to win headers against him, so I have to help the defence. I hope I can do that.”

Stoke boss Mark Hughes on Chelsea““They score a lot of goals in the opening 15 minutes of games, and that is quite prevalent in their season so far. When you go to the top sides you certainly don’t want to concede early on so we have to be solid. If we can keep it nice and tight for a while and restrict them, then hopefully as the game wears on we can take any chances that we create and go on to win the game ourselves, that is what we are aiming to do.”

Prediction

If Diego Costa can go, that’ll tip the scales even further for the home side. His long-running hamstring injury, however, has his presence in doubt for Stoke’s visit. Still, it’s time the Blues got right at home, and we think they will. Chelsea 2-1.