Stoke City vs Chelsea prediction 23/09/2017

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Chelsea will be looking to bounce back from last weekend’s setback when they were held 0-0 at home by Arsenal, leaving them three points behind joint Premier League leaders Manchester United and Manchester City.

Despite taking a point at home to Manchester United a fortnight ago, Stoke City were unimpressive in their 2-1 loss at Newcastle last weekend.

Antonio Conte’s side are much better than many parts of the media are making out.  Eden Hazard is getting back to full fitness and could start on Saturday, whilst Alvaro Morata is a deadly striker.  Pedro and Willian both chip in with goals too whilst Tiemoue Bakayoko is an aerial threat.

Stoke City will be without Ryan Shawcross once again whilst Kurt Zouma is ineligible to face his parent club, so Mark Hughes has some serious issues in his back three.  Kevin Wimmer is also a slight doubt.

David Luiz is suspended following his dismissal versus Arsenal last weekend whilst the only other absentee to Conte is Danny Drinkwater, but he hasn’t made his Chelsea debut yet and isn’t expected to be a regular anyway.  Antonio Rudiger can slot into the back three, no problem.

With Stoke’s absentees in defence and Chelsea’s attack I expect an away win on Saturday.

Best bet: Chelsea to win is 1.64 with Betfair

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