Chelsea v Stoke Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 28, 2017
Stamford Bridge - Premier League
Chelsea welcome Stoke to Stamford Bridge in their final game of 2017, with Antonio Conte's side in unbeaten in their last five games in all competitions.
Chelsea have won their last three meetings with The Potters, and are unbeaten in their last four games against Mark Hughes' side.
Stoke's last win against Chelsea came back in 2015, via a 1-0 home win and their last win at Stamford Bridge came in 1974 in the Old First Division.
Mark Hughes will make a late fitness call on two of his defenders ahead of the trip to Chelsea, with both Glen Johnson and Erik Pieters both back in light training following injuries.
Captain Ryan Shawcross has been ruled out through injury, and fellow defender Bruno Martins Indi is not expected to be back in action until the new year following a groin problem.
Chelsea will be hoping that defender Andreas Christensen can shake off an illness in time to play, with fellow defender David Luiz already ruled out through injury.
Chelsea v Stoke Preview and Preview and Predictions
Chelsea have stabilised themselves in third place in the Premier League table following their good run of form, beating Huddersfield, Southampton, Bournemouth and Brighton and picking up draw against Everton ahead of this game.
Stoke stopped a worrying run of three consecutive defeats in the Premier League, with a win over West Brom and a draw away at Huddersfield over the festive period.
However, despite their recent improvements, Chelsea should have too much for Stoke and a home win - priced at 2/11 - should be on the cards.
Neither side is in particularly fantastic goal scoring form of late, with Chelsea scoring just twice in their last two games and Stoke conceding just two in their last two games. With that in mind an under 2.5 goals bet looks to be a good option, priced at 8/5.
Chelsea to win 2-0 at 11/2
Conte will want to keep Chelsea's positive recent run going, as The Blues look to chase down Manchester United in second place in the table. Stoke have got themselves into a better run of form, but with Shawcross absent at the back they could really struggle to contain Chelsea.
Alvaro Morata to score anytime at 4/7
Spanish international Morata is Chelsea's top scorer so far this season, with 11 goals in all competitions, and 10 in the Premier League alone. He will relish the aerial battle with the Stoke defence and his pace will cause problems for them.