Guus Hiddink’s Chelsea looking to keep their superb run of form going when they hosted Stoke City in the premier league game on Saturday evening. Youngster Bertrand Traore scored the opening goal for Chelsea to put the Blues 1-0 up just before the break. But a late goal from Meme Diof made it 1-1 on the day. Chelsea started without Diego Costa as Hiddink rested him before the big Champions League game in midweek.
No Costa no problem as far as Chelsea is concerned, Bertrand Traore stepped up in place of Costa and put Chelsea 1-0 up 5 minutes before the break. First half lacked any major action uptill Traore poked home Chelsea’s first goal of the day.
Chelsea 1-1 Stoke City – Match Highlights
[ Premier League, Saturday, 05 March 2016 ]
39′ 1 – 0 Bertrand Traore scored 6 minutes before half-time to put Chelsea 1-0 up:
83′ 1 – 1 Meme Diof made it 1-1 on the night with a late goal
Since Hiddink took over as Chelsea manager they have not lost a game in Premier League and great run of form in 2016 see them climb of the bottom zone into the top half of the season. A win against Stoke City will put them back in the mix for European places. It might too late for Chelsea to reach top 4 in the league but they can atleast give it a right go from now to the end of the season.
Stoke City on the other hand are no pushovers, Mark Hughes has transformed Stoke into a very difficult team to beat and they sit 7th in the table with 42 points just 5 behind third place City and United. Three back to back wins has put renewed confidence in Stoke City players specially their Talisman Marko Arnautovic who has scored 9 goals so far in the season.
Team News & Lineups: Chelsea has a massive game in midweek against PSG which might prompt Hiddink to rest Diego Costa and start with Alexandre Pato upfront. who has been named in the squad facing Stoke City alongside Remy and Pedro. Willian, Oscar and Hazard should keep their places in starting lineup.
Stoke city on the other hand will start with Arnautovic and Bojan playing supporting roles to Meme Diof who will start upfront. This is how I expect both teams to lineup on Saturday.
Match Predictions: Its a tough one to predict, Stoke City will be looking to win their 4 straight game while Chelsea just can’t seem to lose in premier league having gone unbeaten since Hiddink took over. Playing at home Chelsea will be slightly favourite and i am going with them to continue their impressive run of form. So its 2-1 for Chelsea as far as I am concerned.