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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 manager Guus hiddink spoke today in the press conference ahead Stoke City clash: “If you put your focus on 7 days it’s not good, if you put the focus to far away it’s not a good way to get good results; we climbed up from 15th position to 10th, that I guess is very good.”

And then, about the 4th spot race he said: “Teams on the top 4th are losing points, but other teams are knocking on the door, like West Ham or Stoke, so we have many teams to challenge to enter there. Of course top 4 would be a big achievement”

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Guus Hiddink ruled out again John Terry for tomorrow’s game against Stoke City but he gives some hope for next Champions League crucial game against Paris Saint Germain:

Terry is not fit to start this weekend, we see if he can play on wednesday, he’s not with the group, Pedro is in the same situation.

“I don’t think I would risk John, this kind of injury you have to train a lot before to come back to play.

If he can play against PSG? It depends how good he is in training, we will know on Monday. He’s always restless when he’s injured, but I won’t take any risk with him.

We will do a little game to test him on Monday/Tuesday.”

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Guus Hiddink during last year's spell at Chelsea © Francesca Ceciarini

Guus Hiddink press conference ahead of Stoke City clash at Stamford Bridge

“Every day for me is a good day, if you can touch a grass is a good day, whether it’s sunny or stormy

“Terry is not fit to start this weekend, we see if he can play on wednesday, he’s not with the group, Pedro is in the same situation.

“I don’t think I would risk John, this kind of injury you have to train a lot before to come back to play.

“About other injuries: Pedro is in the same situation as Terry, Zouma was with the physios here the other day.

“The best XI against Stoke City? Of course we have in mind the upcoming two games, but we take PL games very seriously, we must stay with the form of the last weeks.

“If you put your focus on 7 days it’s not good, if you put the focus to far away it’s not a good way to get good results, we climbed up from 15th position to 10th, that I guess is very good.

“Teams on the top 4 are losing points, but other teams are knocking on the door, like West Ham or Stoke, so we have many teams to challenge to enter there.

“Of course top 4 would be a big achievement”

“To my knowledge Abramovich didn’t say anything about the next manager.

“I heard about the Champions League restructuring or European Super League but it seems more a brain storming about the big clubs. I think teams like Leicester this year deserve to be in the next Champions League. That’s the real sport, we must not forget the value of sport, Leicester with all respect are knocking on the door, this is good for the league.

“You must be careful to have always in mind what it’s going on in football. Sometimes we go too much in the commercial side.

“I think first of all the players responded rather well when I came in, the question to everyone was ‘what was your contribution in the last half year? Don’t give me an answer now, I want it in trainings and next games.’ And I guess they responded, and that was important.

“I will be every now and then at Stamford Bridge or Cobham, as a tourist. I am here for a short period, the club are going into a little transition, a new era, they are going in a new era of Chelsea, that is more of 1-2 years.

Diego Costa, it’s difficult to put a break on him, maybe he won’t have a full game, we monitor him with data of medicals and physics, he’s in good shape, but of course we won’t overload him. It’s difficult to stop him, tomorrow he will start, there is only one Diego Costa.

“We live in an emotional world, but sometimes we gotta be rational as well, there is always a danger, and he can be rational as well.

“Big clubs know that you must have a good regular season and in March-April there are the rewards and you have to be there at the top, these are crucial months.

“John Terry against PSG? It depends how good he is in training, we will know on Monday. He’s always restless when he’s injured, but I won’t take any risk with him.

“We will do a little game to test him on Monday/Tuesday.

Willian is playing very well, physically he’s in great shape, he also recover very well btw games, it’s nice to see him playing, it’s beautiful for the eyes, it’s good to play in a nice way, but he is also efficient, I guess he deserves to be in the PL team of the year”

 

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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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Guus Hiddink might give a chance to Bertrand Traore, Remy and Pato for the two upcoming games in the Premier League.

Diego Costa might rest to arrive at the top form and without any risk of injury to the important PSG clash next week so the manager is keen to give Bertrand Traore and Pato a chance against Norwich and Stoke.

Hiddink was impressed by Traore’s performances in the last month – he scored also two goals- when he was called on the pitch and the Brazilian is every day closer to match fitness:

Pato is able to play part of the game now,Hiddink revealed.

“But once more I underlined that we consider the chance for the young guys. We see tomorrow if he will be on the bench.

“Pato is eager to play, the other strikers are ok, Diego [Costa] of course is the number one, I am happy with Traore progression, I look also to this, he and Remy are in the position to compete.

“In the near future we see what we can do with him, that’s why we got him on loan, at the moment the other strikers are bit ahead in this moment, I like fair competiton.”

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Guus Hiddink during last year's spell at Chelsea © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink reaction after the important win at Southampton:

We didn’t start very well,” Guus admitted.

“They were dominant in the first 20 minutes. There was some threat but no big chances for them, and we took it over and controlled the latter part of the first half.

“We gave them a big present at the end but the team reacted very well, not just mentally but also in an attacking sense. We maintained our composure and we tried to regain possession as soon as possible, which the team did.

We waited for the equaliser and then we were happy the corner was perfectly executed by Ivanovic. It was deserved. For big parts of the game we were great.

“The Chelsea we want to see is one which reacts to setbacks. We like to be proactive also, and this is what the team did, regaining possession as soon as possible and showing a huge desire to turn a negative result into a positive one. We emphasised that and the players responded.”

Shane Long’s goal came after a mistake by Baba, who was then replaced at half-time by Kenedy.

“I could easily say he was injured but no, he was taken off because of that. We have had some problems in the defensive execution in that part of our team.

“I could have waited but sometimes you have to take a decision which can be very harsh. He has to cope with that and I must say young Kenedy did his job very well.”

Hiddink revealed Pedro has a ‘little problem with his hamstrings’ and may be back for the Everton FA Cup game in a couple of weeks.

He expressed his disappointment with the scheduling of that fixture

“We have a tight schedule: Norwich on Tuesday, then Stoke, then PSG and surprisingly the Everton game was put on the Saturday instead of the Sunday.

“We were going to play Liverpool on the Sunday, and I don’t know who decided all of a sudden we would play on Saturday afternoon. It was astonishing people could change the kick-off time.

“We have PSG on Wednesday night, which can but hopefully won’t go to extra-time. All players need at least two days recovery, and a third day to start up a bit. The medical departments must get their concerns in on this as well. We have to protect the players. It’s a side step but I was frustrated by that.”

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Van Ginkel impressed in the last games at AC Milan

Chelsea’s Marko Van Ginkel has joined PSV Eindhoven until the end of the season after spending the first half on the campaign at Stoke City.

Since joining from Vitesse Arnhem in 2013, the 23-year-old has spent time on loan at AC Milan and Stoke City. He suffered a serious knee injury during his first season which limited his game time at Chelsea. But this season has been a bit better for Marko as he has made 21 appearance in the Premier League and he hopes to make some more in the Eredivisie.

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Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic could be set to leave the club in the summer, after growing frustrated at the lack of playing time in recent months.

The Bosnian has been limited to just one appearance since the arrival of Guus Hiddink as interim boss – the 2-0 win over Scunthorpe United in the FA Cup third round – and reportedly wants a move away to secure more first team football.

Begovic, who moved from Premier League rivals Stoke City for £8 million last summer, enjoyed a continued stint between the sticks for the Blues when first choice keeper Thibaut Courtois was out injured, but since the Belgian’s return Begovic has been unable to get off the substitute bench.

Although it is unclear if a move away would be a loan or permanent deal, any move away may cause more havoc for Chelsea, with several big names linked with moves away from Stamford Bridge.

No club has outlined interest for Begovic, although he was touted with a loan move away in the recent January transfer window.

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