Blues’ Lead Wearing Thin

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Cesc Fabragas returns for the Blues from suspension. Image courtesy of eurosport.com

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Stoke v Chelsea


Brittania Stadium, Stoke

Tuesday December 23 –   6:00am (AEST)

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Chelsea face a tough task on Tuesday morning (AEST) as they travel north to take on mid-table Stoke .

The Blues bounced back from their first defeat of the season last week, but their 2-0 win over Hull was far from impressive. Jose Mourinho’s side are looking out of sorts as the year draws to a close, and an away trip to Stoke is never an easy task, as they would know. In last season’s corresponding match, the Londoners were humbled 3-2 at Britannia Stadium, and with Manchester City winning on the weekend, they can’t afford to drop points. Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas returns for the Blues in the centre of the park, and he’s to find the net first.  

The Potters knocked off one of the so called “Big Four” a fortnight ago, managing a 3-2 win over the Gunners. Highlights like that have been somewhat of a rarity of late, with Stoke registering just one win in their past five matches. The Staffordshire outfit are generally a solid unit defensively, however they’ve struggled to stem the leakage of goals this season. Mark Hughes’ side have recorded just two clean sheets thus far and remain just four points above the relegation zone. It seemingly doesn’t get better for them over the next month either, with Manchester United, Arsenal and Everton yet to play after hosting the league leaders.

A win on Tuesday would cement the Blues’ spot on top of the table, while a loss would see them drop to second behind Manchester City on goal difference. However considering their squad is at full-strength and somewhat refreshed following an extensive break in between games, it’s hard to see anything other than a Chelsea win.

 

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