ComeOn! Andy previews all the action for Saturday’s match-up between Chelsea and Stoke and spills the beans on the details for our fantastic enhanced odds offer on this game, available to all new customers.
The mood around Stamford Bridge has become significantly more up-beat following the appointment of interim manager Guus Hiddink back in December. The Blues are now the league’s in-form side after winning their last three games on the bounce and are yet to taste defeat in the Premier League this season under their Dutch manager’s stewardship.
Their opponents Stoke City travel to Stamford Bridge after also winning their last three matches and much like Chelsea are outside contenders for a Europa League qualifying spot.
The Potters spent big in the January transfer window following the £18 million acquisition of steely midfielder Giannelli Imbula, a French Under-21 international who made a good start to life as a Potter netting the first goal in his second appearance for the club in their 3-1 league win against AFC Bournemouth in February.
Chelsea: There’s good news for the West London side as both club captain John Terry and Eden Hazard look set to return for their home fixture with Stoke on Saturday. The only two missing squad players of note are defender Kurt Zouma and Radamel Falcao who look unlikely to be available for the rest of the season.
Stoke City: The Potters’ injury list is certainly a little longer with Ryan Shawcross, Charlie Adam, Marc Wilson and Glen Johnson all unavailable for this weekend. There is some good news for Stoke fans however with USA international Geoff Cameron expected to be fit.
It’s no surprise that the home side are 10/21 favourites to take all three points in this one.
After closing the gap between themselves and Manchester City in fourth spot to just 8 points, Guus Hiddink’s men will no doubt harbour ambitions of achieving the unthinkable and qualifying for the Champions League next season with what remaining games they have.
And indeed if Chelsea do want their pipe dream to come to fruition, nothing but a win against Stoke City on Saturday will suffice.
With important first-teamers such as John Terry and Eden Hazard returning to the fray and Gus Hiddink’s side starting to rekindle the sort of belief that turned them into Premier League Champions last season, we have no other option but to go for a comfortable home win in this one.
Betting Tip: Chelsea 2-0 Stoke City (6/1)
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Author – Andrew Macfarlane