On-fire Chelsea turn their attention to Stoke City as their next challengers travel south to face off at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea's first two Premiership matches ended with 6-0 scorelines against West Bromwich Albion and Wigan Athletic. Florent Malouda
and Didier Drogba
have each scored 3 goals in the past 2 games, with Nicolas Anelka and Solomon Kalou bagging braces in the last match at Wigan. Last time the Potters came to Stamford Bridge (April 25), the Blues walked away with a convincing 7-0 victory.
Stoke have displayed some strong signs over the past 2 weeks, but not enough to secure a win. A 2-1 home loss to injury-stricken Tottenham followed an away defeat by Wolverhampton by the same score. Striker Kenwyne Jones will be available once again and the defense once again looks wholly fit. Tony Pulis will push for the draw by hoping to contain Chelsea in the first 20 minutes.
English Premier League, Round 3: Chelsea FC vs. Stoke City
Date: 28 August, 2010 - 16:00 CET
Venue: Stamford Bridge - London
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Defenders: Ivanovic, Alex, Cole, Terry
Midfielders: Essien, Obi Mikel, Lampard, Anelka
Forwards: Drogba, Malouda
Manager: Carlo Ancelotti
Defenders: Huth, Faye, Shawcross, Higgenbotham
Midfielders: Delap, Whitehead, Etherington, Whelan
Forwards: Walters, Fuller
Manager: Tony Pulis
Injured: Lawrence, Sidibe
Last meeting: 25.04.2010 Chelsea - Stoke City 7:0
Wins Chelsea: 27
Wins Stoke City: 19
Chelsea have shown their ability to score and Ancelotti will continue to press while his team is at home. Goals give confidence and confidence builds momentum. This will either be a high scoring match for Chelsea or Stoke City will be able to shut them down somewhat and lose by only a few goals. Either way, Chelsea will walk away with 3 points.Tip: Chelsea -2 (Asian Handicap)
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