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The last chance for ‘The Special One’

Last updated: November 5, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 5:30pm
Venue: The Britannia Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: DWLWW
Away form: LLLDW
Last season: 0-2
Competition: The Premier League

This match against Stoke City seems to be the last chance for Mourinho to remain Chelsea’s manager. The Blues have recently played at The Britannia Stadium, where they were knocked out of The Capital One Cup. In regular time the game finished with a 1-1 draw, but then Stoke triumphed on penalties and the Portuguese manager saw his team out of the tournament.

Now, his destiny will be decided again at Stoke’s home field. Chelsea lost their last three games in the domestic competitions, so their chances for the upcoming fixture aren’t the best. In addition, The Blues have won only three of their 11 Premiership matches. They have recorded only one away victory – 3-2 vs. West Bromwich Albion.

Stoke City’s last two Premiership matches showed that the team has serious problems in defence. The England international, Jack Butland made several great saves against Newcastle after defensive errors and saved the point for his team. The Potters lost 0-2 to Watford in their last home game and they could have conceded many more, only their good luck saved them.


Team News

The Spanish defender – Marc Muniesa has recently received a hamstring injury and is surely missing the match against Chelsea.

Asmir Begovic will again be included into Chelsea’s starting eleven, because of Courtois injury. The Belgian goalkeeper is suffering from a knee injury.

Ex Barcelona player, Pedro, is also missing the game for The Blues. The Spaniard has recently received an injury on a team training session.

Mourinho is expected to make many changes to Chelsea’s starting line-up, especially in defence. The team has conceded 12 goals in the last 5 Premiership games.

Quotes of the week

mark hughes Mark Hughes (Stoke) : “Jack Butland is playing exceptionally well and is full of confidence, which is a big thing for goalkeepers.”

jose mourinho Jose Mourinho (Chelsea) : “It has been 11 years waiting for this. It took time but in the moment I am stable and strong to face it.”


Expected line-ups:

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Stoke (4-5-1): Butland, Pieters, Johnson, Shawcross, Cameron, Bojan, Whelan, Shaqiri, Afellay, Arnautovic, Diouf.
Subs Given, Wollscheid, Joselu, Crouch, van Ginkel, Adam, Ireland.
Injured: Muniesa
Doubtful:
Not available:
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Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Begovic, Terry, Cahill, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Matic, Ramires, Kenedy, Willian, Diego Costa.
Subs Blackman, Remy, Ruben, Hazard, Baba, Zouma, Oscar.
Injured: Courtois, Pedro, Falcao
Doubtful:
Not available:

Key Battle

diouf Diouf this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
6 (1) 540 3 1,9 0 1 0 0
diego costa Diego Costa this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
9 790 2 1,8 0 1 3 0

So far this season

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Stoke City this season Chelsea this season
14 League Position 15
1 (2) (at home) Wins (away) 2 (1)
2-1 vs. Bournemouth Biggest win 2-0 vs. Arsenal and Aston Villa
1 (3) (at home) Draws (away) 1 (1)
3 (1) (at home) Losses (away) 3 (3)
0-2 to Watford and Arsenal Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Manchester City
Diouf (3) Top scorer Costa, Ramires, Willian (2)
Johnson, Arnautovic (2) Assist Leader Hazard (2)
Y17, R2 Discipline Y21, R3
5 Failures to score 1
3 Clean Sheets 2
4 Both Teams to Score Games 8
3 Over 2.5 Games 9
8 Under 2.5 Games 2
  • Chelsea have won 14 of the last 18 games between these two teams. The Blues have won 14 away matches against The Potters in total.
  • Stoke City have lost 3 of their 5 home matches in the campaign. Their only win was at The Britannia Stadium against Bournemouth two months ago.
  • The Blues have conceded at least two goals in every away visit this season so far. Their only away victory was against West Bromwich (3-2).
  • 9 of 11 Chelsea games have ended with the option ‘Over 2,5 goals’. The same number can be seen for the option ‘Both teams to score’.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
27/10/15 The Capital One Cup Stoke (P)1-1 Chelsea J. Walters 52′
04/04/15 The Premier League Chelsea 2-1 Stoke E. Hazard (PG) 39′
22/12/14 The Premier League Stoke 0-2 Chelsea J. Terry 2′
05/04/14 The Premier League Chelsea 3-0 Stoke Mohamed Salah 32′
26/01/14 The FA Cup Chelsea 1-0 Stoke Oscar 27′