Stoke City vs Chelsea Preview

January 12, 2013
By: Deke Hardman

Rafael Benitez takes his Chelsea side to Stoke City on Saturday afternoon, looking to bounce back from their disappointing 2-0 home defeat to Swansea City in the League Cup on Wednesday.

The hosts have won just once in their last seven fixtures, and go in to the game on the back of a goalless draw at Crystal Palace in the FA Cup.

Tony Pulis has no fresh injury concerns, and is likely to recall Asmir Begovic in goal after resting him last weekend.

Peter Crouch, Kenwyne Jones and Jonathan Walters are all available at a best price of 10.0 (9/1) to open the scoring, whist former Chelsea defender Robert Huth is worth considering at 23.0 (22/1).

You can get a price as high as 4.33 (10/3) for the home win, with Chelsea 2.0 (1/1) with Bet Victor. The draw is widely available at 3.5 (5/2).

Chelsea dropped to fourth place in the league after their 1-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers last time out in the league, and defeat here could see them drop out of the Champions League qualification places though they do have a game in hand over the rest of the top five.

John Terry is likely to be on the substitute’s bench after recovering from injury, though Petr Cech remains side-lined. Victor Moses and Jon Obi Mikel are away at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Demba Ba has two in two for his new club, and is favourite to get the first goal of the game with Bet Victor offering 5.75 (19/4), with top scorer Fernando Torres widely available at 6.0 (5/1).

Stoke have managed to score just once in the last seven meetings between these two sides, losing the last two by a single goal to nil whilst the corresponding fixture last season ended 0-0. The last time the Potters beat Chelsea at home was thirty-eight years ago, when the Blues lost 3-0 on route to being relegated.

Bet Victor offer 7.5 (13/2) for Chelsea to run out 1-0 winners once again, while Stan James have odds of 3.13 (85/40) for the visitors to come out on top without conceding.

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