After a disappointing Champions League defeat which followed last weekend’s loss at Selhurst Park Chelsea will be itching to return to winning ways against Stoke. Mark Hughes’ men are all but safe from the drop but will want to finish the season on a high and Tom Powell is tipping them to run the Blues close…
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Chelsea go into this match off the back of two losses in a row while their record against lower half sides this term has been fairly modest so Stoke look value with a healthy head start.
The likes of West Brom, Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Sunderland have avoided defeat against Jose Mourinho’s men while 11 midtable and bottom half sides have covered the above handicap against the Blues this term, including Stoke who beat Chelsea at the Britannia and only lost 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup.
Stoke’s away form isn’t fantastic, with 10 defeats from 16 matches, but they have lost by just one goal or avoided defeat in their last seven away matches which includes a 1-0 defeat at the Etihad. They also lost by just a solitary goal at Anfield and Old Trafford earlier in the season proving a tough nut to crack while their recent form home and away is superb with five wins, three draws and one defeat in their last nine meaning it’s 12 matches since they failed to cover this handicap.
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Back to back away league defeats has badly dented Chelsea’s title hopes with the Blues down to second in the table, two points behind leaders Liverpool. It’s third place Man City who remain favourites to win the Premier League at a best price 5/6 ahead of Liverpool (15/8) and Chelsea (15/2). Stoke sit 10th with 40 points and are into 9/20 to finish in the top 10.
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Stoke have only ever scored one Premier League goal at Stamford Bridge, Rory Delap netting back in 2009. Bet Now on the full-time result market.
Chelsea have kept seven clean sheets in a row at Stamford Bridge. Bet Now on the team to keep a clean sheet market.
Stoke have not opened the scoring in an away match in 2014. Bet Now on the team to score first market.
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