Stoke City host Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra) as Jose Mourinho is banned from the match.
Chelsea, currently on a dreadful run of six defeats in their opening 11 games of the Premier League season, will have to beat the Potters without their manager as he was charged with misconduct and cannot be present or be in contact with his staff or players.
Mark Hughes‘ Stoke beat Chelsea on penalty kicks in the Capital One Cup just 10 days ago but are anticipating a much-different encounter this time around.
In team news Stoke start Jonathan Walters up front after he signed a new deal and the trio of Marko Arnautovic, Bojan and Xherdan Shaqiri sit in-behind him. Chelsea start with Baba Rahman at left back and Kurt Zouma in central defense while Cesc Fabregas is on the bench with Eden Hazard recalled to the starting lineup to partner Willian and Pedro behind Diego Costa.
Stoke City: Butland; Pieters, Wollscheid, Shawcross, Johnson; Adam, Whelan; Arnautovic, Bojan, Shaqiri; Walters. Subs: Haugaard, Ireland, Wilson, Afellay, Diouf, Cameron, Crouch