Sky Sports pundit, Paul Merson has tipped Stoke to pull of a ‘cheeky’ victory when they travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
The former Arsenal man has backed Mark Hughes to secure a domestic double over the Premier League champions, but Merson has his reason.
Merson gave his prediction to Sky Sports:
I am going to go for a Stoke win here, because Chelsea have a big week coming up – they have got PSG in the Champions League, then Everton in the FA Cup, so, given they surely can’t get into the top four, they have got to rest players for the two bigger games, in my opinion.
This will be the third meeting between the two sides this season, with the two teams meeting in the Capital One, where Stoke progressed via a penalty shoot out. The last league meeting between the two sides ended with a Marco Arnautovic goal.
Stoke could take advantage of that and I am going to go for a cheeky 2-1 Stoke win here, but ONLY because Chelsea have two big games coming up.
Guus Hiddink is yet to lose a league game since taking over on an interim basis at Stamford Bridge, his only defeat has come against Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of the club’s Champions League tie.
After a blistering first half against Norwich on Tuesday, Chelsea will be hoping to set the record straight after a sloppy second half against Alex Neil’s men.