Friday, 22 September 2017

Chelsea vs Stoke City squad news Announced

Chelsea's four-game winning run ended after a 0-0 draw at home to Arsenal but they will continue their title defence with a tough away trip to Stoke City on Saturday. Chelsea got back to winning ways as they beat Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup midweek, while Stoke were knocked out by Bristol City. Stoke city lost their last match against Newcastle in the league last time out, but Mark Hughes' side will hope to bounce back from their recent disappointments. CHELSEA TEAM NEWS Chelsea should welcome back Pedro after resting him against Forest, Pedro who picked up a knock against Arsenal. Pedro sat out training for most of the week but will be part of the squad to face Stoke. Danny Drinkwater is a longer term injury worry and will once again miss out. The former Leicester man has a calf injury and could be out until after the October international break, having still not made his Chelsea debut. Eden Hazard has completed the final steps in his recovery and on Wednesday played his first 90 minutes of football since the FA Cup final. He has been carefully eased back into the first team picture after breaking his ankle on international duty during the summer. David Luiz is banned for the trip to Stoke City and will also miss out against Manchester City next week. Stoke Team News Kurt Zouma will be unavailable to face his parent club due to the terms in his loan deal, which causes defensive issues for Stoke with several other players out. Geoff Cameron is suffering from a hamstring injury so he also misses out in defence, while Ryan Shawcross is also a doubt with a back injury. Ibrahim Afellay and Stephen Ireland remain out with long term injuries, but the Potters have a clean bill of health for the rest of their first team. MATCH FACT Stoke City have suffered 13 Premier League defeats against Chelsea in the Premier League; more than they have against any other opponent. Chelsea need a point in this game to reach 1800 Premier League points (currently 1799) – only Arsenal (1829) and Manchester United (2034) have more in the competition. Chelsea have been given as many red cards in their last five Premier League games (3) as they had in their previous 73. Willian has scored four Premier League goals against Stoke City; more than he has against any other opponent in the competition.

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