Chelsea still have the look of a runaway steam train right now. They have a superb squad but, in fairness, they have also had a lot of luck with injuries – or a lack of injuries – hitherto.
Chelsea have in fact take a few knocks to the squad this week with Didier Drogba, Kurt Zouma and Thibaut Courtois crocked. But all should be fit for the weekend and, even if Courtois doesn’t make it, he has a world-class understudy waiting in the wings. Happy days then!
But Stoke have proven once again this season that they are not an easy team to defeat and they won’t lie down. They will feel positive about getting results against anyone on their own patch and that includes Chelsea.
In fact, it’s a game that Stoke will try to enjoy as they will feel that any points gained are an unexpected bonus.
Chelsea will have to be kitted out for the obvious physical power of their opponents. But, with signings like Bojan KrKic, Stoke are a much more slick passing side in this campaign and they can break teams down with bewitching skill as well as route one footy.
It’s not a simple game for Chelsea but they will be pleased that the game comes before the festive madness properly kicks in and the rogue results begin.
It’s a tough one to call and will be a great game to watch (Kick Off Monday 22nd @ 20:00 local time).