The domestic double is well and truly on for Chelsea after a N’Golo Kante inspired win over Manchester United saw them progress into the FA Cup semi-finals, but this weekend sees them tackle one of the most notorious away visits in the Premier League with Stoke City welcoming the league leaders to the Bet 365 Stadium.
Stoke have been as average as you can get this season, sitting ninth in the table and struggling to break into Europe due to poor form against the teams above them in the table – they have yet to beat any of the top eight this season.
Joe Allen provided their main source of goals in the opening stages of the season, but since scoring four goals in three games between September and October, the ‘Welsh Xavi’ has only managed another two in five months of football. Marko Arnautovic has also contributed his fair share of goals in recent weeks, while Peter Crouch has broken 100 Premier League goals having scored four times in a bit part role at the club this season.
Chelsea eventually secured a 4-2 win over Stoke the last time the two teams met, as a Willian double eased the nerves at Stamford Bridge, in what would be their last win in a miraculous 13 match winning streak.
Chelsea are again lucky to have a fully fit squad to pick from, whilst Stoke, on the other hand, will be without former Blue Glen Johnson through a shoulder injury, although Arnautovic is expected to join Xherdan Shaqiri and Wilfred Bony in returning to the Stoke squad this weekend.