Chelsea will hope to turn around its failing premier league campaign against Stoke City who defeated them last time they met in the capital one cup.
Chelsea manager José Mourinho will have to watch from afar because of his one-match stadium ban.
Mark Hughes’ side have won just one of their last five Barclays Premier League games at the Britannia Stadium (W1 D1 L3).
Prior to their recent League Cup elimination via penalties to Stoke at the Britannia Stadium, Chelsea had won 14 and lost just one of the previous 17 meetings in all competitions with Stoke.
Chelsea have won just two of their last 10 away matches in all competitions (W2 D3 L5) and one of the draws ended in the shoot out defeat by Stoke. Loic Remy has scored three goals in three Premier League appearances against Stoke City.
Chelsea XI vs Stoke: Begovic; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Terry (c), Baba; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Hazard, Pedro; Diego Costa.
Stoke XI vs. Chelsea: Butland; Pieters, Wollsheid, Shawcross, Johnson; Adam, Whelan; Arnautovic, Bojan, Shaqiri; Walters.
75′ Matic tries a long shot from the edge of the box but its just over
73′ Diego Costa is penalized for a foul on Shawcross
71′ SUB: Bojan OFF, Cameron ON
70′ SUB: Double change for Chelsea – Oscar and Fabregas on for Baba and Ramires
67′ BAR!!! Pedro hits the post with a curling shot from outside the box
65′ Whelan does well to stop a counter attack by Ramires
62′ Fabregas, Oscar and Remy warming up for the Blues. Chelsea now have all the possession and attempts
59′ Hazard goes solo and tries a shot with his weaker foot but the attempt is way over
58′ Willian and goalscorer Arnautovic argue after the Brazilian robs the Stoke City play maker off the ball
56′ Ryan Shawcross and Diego Costa have been at each others throats all day and the Englishman is booked for a punch on Costa
54′ SHOT!!! Matic takes on two Stoke players and tries a shot but Butland saves well
52′ GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLL!!!!! Arnautovic scores with a wonderful volley… Great ball to Johnson by Shaqiri. Walters’ shot is not well cleared and Arnautovic turns it home
49′ Charlie Adam is penalized for a foul on Matic.The former Liverpool man protests but the referee is having none of it
47′ Shaqiri’s enticing cross is gathered by Begovic. Stoke are taking the game to Chelsea in this second half but evry attacking move they have tried has been met with stiff resistance
46′ Stoke have started the second half strongly
46′ Stoke City kick off the second half
HT: Stoke City 0 – 0 Chelsea. The blues have been solid if but not spectacular which both keepers have had to make at least two saves to keep their side in the game
45+ Willian is injured off the ball after slipping, Arnautovic kicks the ball out of play to allow the Brazilian be treated
45+ Chelsea have had all the possession and chances but still yet to break the deadlock
45+ Baba Rahman is booked for a foul on Shaqiri
44′ YELLOW CARD: Glenn Whelen is booked for a foul on Hazard
42′ Diego Costa wins a free-kick off Shawcross..Chelsea take it immediately but Stoke City have their players behind the ball quickly
40′ BUTLAND SAVES!!! Butland thwarts Diego Costa after Pedro feeds the striker who drives a low shot towards goal
37′ Shaqiri shows nice football to raise the ball over Baba Rahman, the fans applaud his skill
35′ Pedro takes on two defenders and shoots but Ryan Shawcross is there to close him down, Stoke clear
34′ Chelsea have a corner which is taken by Willian, Zouma cannot connect well with the ball
31′ BLOCKED!!! Chelsea have a corner which is played short by Willian to Hazard outside the box, the Belgian tries a one time shot but it is blocked by Walters
30′ Charlie Adam catches Pedro with a late challenge. The Chelsea players want him to receive a yellow car but the referee thinks otherwise
28′ HEADER!!! Shaqiri shows nice footwork on the right to get past Baba Rahman. He crosses and finds Jonathan Walters whose header is just over. Chelsea survive.
24′ WHAT A MISSED CHANCE!!! Pedro finds Hazard with a wonderful cross field pass, the Belgian crosses to Diego Costa but the striker cannot connect with the ball
21′ VOLLEY!!! Butland does well to push over Ramires volley
16′ A chance for Stoke, Begovic saves. Glen Johnson with a lovely strike there. that would have been a goal.
14′ Pedro breaks away for a Chelsea counter, but his pass to Ramires who wasn’t properly placed, shoots wide.
13′ An in-swinger into the Chelsea area…….Zouma deflects into touch. Corner kick Soke.
9-12′ Pieters has been baddly injured; as the medics take unto the pitch.
7′ An in-swinger to Shaqiri…..too heavy for the Stoke striker. Mourinho’s men are obviously under pressure.
5′ Foul on Pedro. Freekick to Chelsea as the home-fans continue to boo Diego Costa,
3′ First corner to the home-side with Willian to take it. Chelsea will have to ensure victory here this evening.
1′ The blues start the game here .
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