Premier League Preview: Stoke City vs. Chelsea

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  • Chelsea won 4-2 on NYE at the Bridge
  • Stoke has pts in 3 of 4 at home vs. Blues
  • Chelsea leads all-time 46W-23D-29L

Stoke City hopes home field advantage can help it become only the second team since October to beat Chelsea in Premier League play when it welcomes the Blues to the bet365 Stadium on Saturday (Watch live at 11 a.m. EDT on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

The Blues boast a 18W-2D-1L mark during that stretch, which includes a 4-2 win over Stoke, and have a 10-point lead atop the Premier League table.

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Stoke sits ninth, three points above Southampton and four points below eighth place West Brom. The club announced Friday that it’s reached an agreement with Porto to make Bruno Martins Indi‘s loan a permanent move if the player agrees to a new contract.

What they’re saying

Stoke’s Geoff Cameron on Chelsea’s acumen“They are playing some of their best football. They are not playing European games. Players are fresh and they aren’t traveling. Their main focus is on the Premier League and that’s helped them out this year. Tottenham, for me, is a team which is going to challenge them. Hopefully they will make the league a little bit more interesting at the end of the season.”

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte on learning the Premier League: “Honestly in England it’s difficult to understand and try to work against your opponent, because they don’t give [away] a lot of information. It’s very different, because in Italy usually you know everything about your opponent. Here it’s a bit difficult to know for example the system the opponent wants to play, or if there is an injury.”

Prediction

This could be a bump in the road for the Blues, who may find themselves stretched at times by Marko Arnautovic and company. 1-1.