Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has made three changes to the side that beat Hull 2-3 before the international break, ahead of the Blues’ game against Stoke at Stamford Bridge this evening.
Mourinho has decided to leave Diego Costa out of his starting XI as the striker recovers from a hamstring injury. The Spaniard is, however, on the bench.
Loic Remy starts up front for the Blues in place of Costa after scoring the winner in the sides last outing. Oscar replaces his Brazilian counterpart Ramires, and Cesar Azpilicueta comes in for Filipe Luis. Mourinho has gone for his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation.
Stoke, who sit 10th in the table, have made three changes after their 1-2 defeat to Crystal Palace two weeks ago. Mark Hughes has replaced Eric Pieters with Philipp Wollscheid at the back, with Glenn Whelan coming in for Marco Arnautovic. Jon Walters is in for Peter Crouch in the away side’s attacking line-up.
Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Matic, Fabregas, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Remy
Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Wollscheid, Adam, N’Zonzi, Whelan, Ireland, Walters, Diouf
Chelsea: Cech, Filipe Luis, Zouma, Ramires, Drogba, Diego Costa, Cuadrado
Stoke: Bardsley, Pieters, Muniesa, Arnautovic, Sidwell, Butland, Crouch
Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas will anchor the midfield allowing Willian, Oscar, Hazard and Remy attacking license in the opposition half, as Chelsea look to take another step to securing the Premier League title.