League leaders Chelsea visited BET365 stadium to take on Stoke City in the premier league in hope to go 13 points clear at top of the table for atleast another day. Antonio Conte started with his usual full strength lineup and they took the lead inside first 13 minutes thanks to Willian goal. However Stoke City made a game of it and found themselves back in the game just before the break when Jonathan Walters scored to make it 1-1 on the day.
Stoke City 1-2 Chelsea Highlights
[ English Premier League 2017 Match ]
13′ 0 – 1 Willian scored in just 13th minute of the game to make it 1-0 for Chelsea and put them on course in yet another convincing performance.
38′ 1 – 1 Jonathan Walters however had different ideas as he equalized just before the break.
Chelsea are looking for record 13 consecutive league win while Stoke are coming into this game on the back of a terrible outing against Liverpool in midweek when they were tore apart at Anfield even though they took the lead early on. There is a feel good factor at the Bridge again and that might prove too much for this inconsistent Stoke City side who can blow hot and cold any given day.
Last time these two meet was back in March where Stoke cam from a goal down to draw level 1-1 but alot has changed since than. Chelsea can make history by winning their 13th straight win in premier league.
Chelsea 4-2 Stoke City – 31 December 2016
[ English Premier League 2016-17 Match ]
34′ 1 – 0 Gary Cahill scored in 34th minute with with a thumping header from close range on a corner kick routine to put Chelsea in lucky lead.
57′ 2 – 1 Willian
64′ 2 – 2 Peter Crouch
65′ Willian 3 – 2
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.