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EPL 2012-13: Chelsea vs Stoke City Preview

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EPL: Chelsea vs Stoke City Preview
London, Sept 22: After drawing in two consecutive games with Queens Park Rangers and Juventus, Chelsea take on Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The Potters have drawn all four games in the top flight this season and will be taking on the Blues who have yet to lose at home this season.

Chelsea's Brazilian sensation Oscar, who scored twice against Juventus during the clubs Champions League clash on Wednesday, is likely to retain his place. Spain playmaker Juan Mata, who came on as a substitute during the 2-2 draw, will start alongside Eden Hazard in an attacking midfield role.

Meanwhile, Stoke manager Tony Pulis will bring defender Ryan Shotton to replace suspended Andy Wilkinson who was sent off against Manchester City.

Stoke suffered a 7-0 loss in the same fixture in April 2010 but last season the Potters fell only by a single from Didier Drogba.


*Stoke City have failed to score in their last four visits to Stamford Bridge.

*Chelsea are unbeaten in 11 Premier League games at home.

Probable Lineups:

Chelsea (4-3-3): Cech-Ivanovic, Terry, Luiz, Cole-Ramires, Mikel, Lampard-Hazard, Torres, Mata.

Stoke City (4-2-3-1): Begovic-Shotton, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson-Nzonzi, Whelan-Walters, Adam, Kightly-Crouch.

OneIndia News

Story first published: Saturday, September 22, 2012, 15:06 [IST]
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