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Starting XI

Courtois 5 – Had some saves to make and did well for the most part but the goal could have been prevented with more concentration.

Azpilicueta 6 – Got forward well with an attacking mindset. Crossed some dangerous balls into the box.

Ivanovic 7 – Held the line well and made some important tackles.

Cahill 6 – Held the line with Ivanovic really well.

Rahman 6 – Tracked his runners defensively and also got forward when he could.

Matic 7 – Broke up the Stoke city play in his own half and passed the ball well.

Mikel 5 – Made some tackles but struggled to get into the game.

Oscar 6 – Didn’t have too much impact on the game.

Willian 8 – Very confident throughout the game. Lots of attacking runs to get Chelsea on the front foot.

Hazard 7 – Good control of the ball and found space well. Looking confident throughout the game.

Traore 8 – Led the line brilliantly. Held the ball up well and scored a fantastic goal.

Substitutes

Loftus-Cheek 5 – Didn’t do much wrong but couldn’t make a massive impact on the game when he came on.

Remy 6 – Played well when introduced to the game. Kept up with the pace and held the ball up.

Fabregas 5 – A late substitution didn’t give him much opportunity to get into the game.

Manager

Guus Hiddink 8 – Got his tactics right. Played a team to give good mentality and was always looking for the win. A shame his team couldn’t hold on.

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An even start to the game with both teams sharing possession but Traore had a small chance in the 5th minute as the ball came in from the right wing, he missed his kick and the chance was gone.

10 minutes in and some good interchange from the Chelsea players. Willian drove with the ball and played a fancy flick but the attack came to nothing as Stoke cleared the ball well.

Oscar managing a strike in the 17th minute but team-mate Eden Hazard couldn’t get out of the way and ball struck the Belgian on the back.

Chelsea began to dominate the game with possession and have a few threatening shots towards the Stoke City goal.

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois  making a good save from Affelay and forcing a corner. The resulting corner got headed away and Muniesa couldn’t control his volley which flew over the cross bar.

Azpilicueta did well to dispossess the Stoke midfield which gave Willian the chance to strike the ball but it fizzed past the cross bar with Jack Butland seemingly having it covered.

Just after the half hour mark, Chelsea had 3 shots on target but all three were blocked. Willian with the last which resulted in a corner but it came to nothing. High Chelsea pressure though that saw Stoke City struggling to contain the attacking minds of the Chelsea players.

A wasted chance for Stoke in the 36th minute. Shaqiri made it to the dead ball line and stood the ball up for Diouf at the far post, the Stoke City striker took his eye off the ball and couldn’t keep it down.

Chelsea took the lead in the 38th minute. A fantastic strike from Traore 20-yards out left Jack Butland absolutely no chance in reaching it. Chelsea‘s confidence had been growing as the half went on and a well deserved lead for the Blues.

The half drew to a close with Chelsea having a lot of the ball in-and-around the Stoke City 18-yard box. Chelsea go in at the break 1-0. Great value for their lead.

 

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Ahead of Chelsea’s game against Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, we take a look at the odds on offer.

All odds provided by SkyBET (SB), Ladbrokes (L) and Coral (C), correct as of 4th March.

 

Full-time score:

Chelsea win: SB – 1/2, L – 10/21, C – 1/2

Draw: SB – 3/1, L –16/5, C – 16/5

Stoke City win: SB – 6/1, L – 6/1, C – 6/1

 

First goalscorer:

Eden Hazard: SB – 11/2, L – 11/2, C – 6/1

Oscar: SB – 11/2, L – 11/2, C – 5/1

Bertrand Traore: SB – 9/2, L – 9/2, C – 6/1

Diego Costa: SB – 3/1, L – 10/3, C – 7/2

Willian: SB – 6/1, L – 13/2, C – 8/1

No goalscorer: SB – 11/1, L – 10/1, C – 10/1

Marko Arnautovic: SB – 12/1, L – 11/1, C – 8/1

Jon Walters: SB – 10/1, L – 10/1, C – 9/1

Xherdan Shaqiri: SB – 14/1, L – 14/1, C – 10/1

Joselu: SB – 10/1, L – 11/1, C – 8/1

Bojan Krkic: SB – 10/1, L – 9/1, C – 8/1

 

Final Score:

Chelsea win:

1-0: SB – 5/1, L – 11/2, C – 11/2

2-0: SB – 11/2, L – 6/1, C – 6/1

2-1: SB – 7/1, L – 7/1, C – 7/1

3-0: SB – 17/2, L – 9/1, C – 9/1

3-1: SB – 11/1, L – 11/1, C – 11/1

Draw:

0-0: SB – 11/1, L – 11/1, C – 11/1

1-1: SB – 13/2, L – 7/1, C – 7/1

2-2: SB – 18/1, L – 16/1, C – 16/1

3-3: SB – 80/1, L – 66/1, C – 66/1

4-4: SB – 250/1, L – 275/1, C – 150/1

Stoke City win:

1-0: SB – 16/1, L – 14/1, C – 18/1

2-0: SB – 40/1, L – 33/1, C – 45/1

2-1: SB – 20/1, L – 18/1, C – 20/1

3-0: SB – 100/1, L – 100/1, C – 100/1

3-1: SB – 66/1, L – 50/1, C – 60/1

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Guus Hiddink will look to go into Chelsea’s midweek Champions League tie on the back of three domestic points as the Blues take on Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (15:00 GMT KO).

The Blues have won their last four Premier League games but have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last six games in all competitions.

The Potters sit in seventh, three points and three places above Chelsea, having won their last three.

Earlier this season at the Britannia Stadium, Chelsea suffered a third successive Premier League loss for the first time in 16 years as Marko Arnautovic’s volley early in the second half was enough to defeat the visitors, who were without boss Jose Mourinho thanks to a stadium ban.

Last six games:

Chelsea: DDWLWW (includes one FA Cup game and one Champions League game).

Stoke City: LLLWWW

 

Team News:

– Chelsea are monitoring the fitness of Kenedy, who picked up a minor groin injury at Norwich on Tuesday.

– The Blues will also assess John Terry and Pedro, who both have hamstring problems.

– Stoke defender Phil Bardsley is out with a calf injury.

– Fellow defender Geoff Cameron is doubtful with a sore ankle.

– Mark Hughes also remains without Ryan Shawcross, Charlie Adam, Shay Given, Glen Johnson and Marc Wilson.

 

Statistics:

– Stoke haven’t won an away league game against Chelsea for 42 years.

– However, the Blues have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last seven home league games.

– Guus Hiddink would become the first manager to start a spell in charge with a 12-match unbeaten run in the Premier League. should Chelsea avoid defeat.

– Diego Costa has scored or set up 12 goals in his last 10 Premier League appearances (eight goals, four assists).

– The Potters have won just one of their last 14 Premier League games in London (D5, L8).

– But, Stoke have lost their last nine league and cup games at Chelsea.

 

 

Starting XI last time out in the Premier League:

Chelsea (away vs. Norwich City, won 1-2): Courtois, Kenedy, Ivanovic, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Matic, Traore, Fabregas, Hazard, Oscar, Costa.

Stoke City (home vs. Newcastle United, won 1-0): Butland, Bardsley, Cameron, Wollscheid, Pieters, Whelan, Imbula, Shaqiri, Affelay, Arnautovic, Walters.

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Chelsea entertain Stoke City this weekend at Stamford Bridge and Stoke boss Mark Hughes is still baffled over Chelsea’s poor start to the campaign.

Mark Hughes, who used to play for Chelsea, said he is more confused about them unable to win a game at the start of the season than he is in their ability to shoot up the table to reach the top ten. Chelsea now find themselves in a position where they could potentially make European places by the end of the season.

“I think everybody was scratching their heads as to why Chelsea couldn’t win games. They were losing and drawing but couldn’t put teams away, which was something they’ve always been able to do.

“It’s only in recent weeks that they’ve been able to get in the top 10 for the first time. No one could have anticipated that at the start of the season.

“They’ve got themselves into position where they can have a strong finish, may well into European places. The Champions League spots … we’ll have to wait and see. They may need others to slip up … but they have got the potential to go on a run which can take them a long way.”

 

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Currently, Guus Hiddink is Chelsea‘s interim manager after the dismissal of Jose Mourinho before the turn of the year. It’s believed that Hiddink will step down at the end of the season to make room for a new manager, thought to be Juventus boss Antonio Conte.

Since the appointment of Guus Hiddink at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have only lost one game and are now fighting for a place to play in Europe next year. The Daily Mail claims that Blues owner Roman Abramovich is keen to keep Hiddink on the staff at Chelsea as an advisor to the London club, this being a kind of reward for his recent success with the club.

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Pato training at Stamford Bridge © Francesca Ceciarini

New Chelsea signings Alexandre Pato and Matt Miazga were spot tonight training at Stamford Bridge after Manchester City FA Cup clash.

The duo was training along with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Loic Remy.

The EXLCUSIVE gallery for our website from Francesca Ceciarini © ( any abuse will be prosecuted)

 

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Stupid things still happen in 2016 football and today some Chelsea fans threw coins at Manchester City players at the end of the FA Cup clash.

The club, through head of communications Steve Atkins, claimed that they will condemn those individuals – if able to identified them- and ban them from Stamford Bridge:

“We condemn such idiotic and dangerous behaviour and if we can identify those responsible then we will ban them from Stamford Bridge,” Atkins said.

“It’s worth noting it’s a criminal offence, too and we will support any police prosecution if we can identify, along with the police, those individuals responsible for that behaviour today.”

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas believes that his side are playing “better and better” after beating Manchester City 5-1 at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup. The man of the match also said that he was “surprised” by Manchester City’s team selection.

Speaking to Match of the Day, he said, “You can see straight away we are playing better and better. The confidence grows when you are winning and that is football, that is life.

“We have big games coming up and the Champions League is a big challenge, we need to be ready for anything.

“I must admit I was surprised by the team selection. For us, it was a negative because we would be humiliated if we lost against them.

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Chelsea started their FA Cup 5th round clash against Manchester City as firm favourites as they look ahead to a Wednesday night Champions League clash in Kiev, the Citizens handed out debuts to five players.

With a lively start to the game, it took until the twelfth minute for the first clear cut chance as Pedro played a brilliant one-two with his Spanish team mate Cesc Fabregas to put Pedro in on goal as he tried to dink the ball over Willy Caballero but was denied, only by the post.

After dominance from the Blues in territory and possession, it finally told as Fabregas found a ball over the top of the City defence to find Hazard who looped it into Costa who headed in to make it 1-0 in the 35th minute.

But just 2 minutes later City equalised against the run of play after good build up play, Iheanacho found space in the Chelsea box and Azpilicueta’s attempted clearance rebounded off Faupala for it to go in the back of the net to make it 1-1.

With the game in full flow now the Blues had another golden opportunity  after more brilliant build up play with Fabregas at the heart of it Pedro found space but was stopped by a fantastic save from Caballero.

The Blues will be hoping for more of the same in second half but will need to take their chances in order to win this cup tie.

 

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