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Stoke City vs Chelsea

Published:Friday | December 19, 2014 | 12:16 AM

STOKE (4-2-3-1)

BEGOVIC, BARDSLEY, SHAWCROSS, WILSON, PIETERS, N'ZONZI, CAMERON, WALTERS, BOJAN, DIOUF, CROUCH

CHELSEA (4-2-3-1)

COSTA, HAZARD, OSCAR, WILLIAN, MATIC, MIKEL, LUIS, TERRY, CAHILL, IVANOVIC, CECH

Chelsea remain top of the Barclays Premier League, three points clear of closest rivals Manchester City. And on Tuesday, they took a step closer to their first trophy of the season when they beat Championship high-flyers Derby 3-1 to book a Capital One Cup two-legged semi-final with Liverpool.

However, despite a perfect 100 per cent record at home, Chelsea have won only four of their eight away games in the Premier League, while drawing three and losing one.

Last season Stoke City beat Chelsea at home for the first time in the Premier League, having lost four and drawn three of seven previous clashes with the Blues. The Potters owed their rare win over Chelsea, a shock 3-2 victory, to Oussama Assaidi's last minute winner for Mark Hughes's team.

Stoke's last home game was the 3-2 win over Arsenal but that was their only victory in their last five Premier League games and in seven games at the Britannia Stadium they have won only three while scoring just nine home goals.

By contrast Chelsea have 16 away goals; only Manchester City, with 21, have more on their travels.

Stoke are still without winger Victor Moses, striker Peter Odemwingie, defender Andy Wilson and midfielder Steve Sidwell while they give tests to midfieders Bojan and Stephen Ireland.

Chelsea, meanwhile, are without striker Nathan Ake and defender Kurt Zouma. And they must test goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who has missed the last two games aith a muscle injury. Former No 1 Petr Cech is set to deputise again. Didier Drogba is also a doubt, having sustained an ankle injury at Derby.