Chelsea v Stoke City Preview

April 4, 2014 | By

Coral Free BetsPremiership action Saturday Evening comes from Stamford Bridge and features Chelsea versus Stoke City.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game which can be seen Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition with a scheduled 17:30pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Chelsea v Stoke City Preview, Premiership, Saturday 5th April 2014

Chelsea’s last two results might have seen off hopes of some silverware this season as they lost against relegation battlers Crystal Palace and then mid week they lost away to PSG. Jose Mourinho has now ruled his side out of the title running after suffering two poor defeats in March which also includes the 1 – 0 loss to Aston Villa.

However, even though they have lost twice and their manager says they will not win the Premier League title I still think they have every chance of becoming champions, but will need to win this game on saturday evening to keep any hopes alive.

Stoke City will be content with their current league position of 10th and with Mark Hughes side having secured 40 points the fans also seem very happy at the moment and it does seem that a lot of people are asking, just how high up in the league table can this Stoke City team finish.

Stoke City have been in excellent form recently which has seen them win four out of their last five games with their being one draw and the signing of Peter Odemwingie has been crucial to Stoke’s good league position so far this season as the striker has been finding the back of the net on numerous occassions.

I think with Stoke having not much to play for from now till the end of the season and with Chelsea desperate to keep the pressure up on both Liverpool and Man City then we should see a dominant performance from the blues and they do look the more likely winners of this game in my opinion.

Chelsea Team News:

Chelsea will be without England international left back Ashley Cole as he is recovering from a knee injury but is nearing a return to action. Marco Van Ginkel is nearing a return after being out since last September with crucial knee ligament trouble. Chelsea welcome back Ramires and Willian back to the side after both got sent of against Aston Villa. Samuel Eto’o might be fit for this game after missing the clash with PSG.

Stoke City Team News:

Stoke have a couple of injuries to worry about heading into this fixture rock solid centre back Robert Huth who is still recovering from an operation which he had on his knee and we wont be seeing him till next season. The other injury is to on loan Liverpool striker Oussama Assaidi who is also trying to shake of a knee injury and like his team mate we wont see him this season again.

Chelsea v Stoke City Head to Head Statistics:

Saturday evening’s kick off from Stamford Bridge will become the 68th meeting between the two clubs over the years, of which Chelsea have won 32 times (19 at Stamford Bridge), Stoke City have won 20 times (6 at Stamford Bridge) and there has been 15 draws (9 at Stamford Bridge).

The recent head to head statistics below show us that Chelsea have a big advantage over Stoke City winning four of the last five matches played and only losing just the once.

26/01/14 FAC Chelsea – Stoke City 1 : 0
07/12/13 PRL Stoke City – Chelsea 3 : 2
12/01/13 PRL Stoke City – Chelsea 0 : 4
22/09/12 PRL Chelsea – Stoke City 1 : 0
10/03/12 PRL Chelsea – Stoke City 1 : 0

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

193 goals have been scored in the previous 67 matches played between the two clubs, which provides us with an average goal per game statistic of 2.88.

101 of those goals have been scored in the 34 matches played between the two clubs at Stamford Bridge, which gives us an average goals per game statistic of 2.97.

Looking at the statistics above we should be looking forward to an exciting game on Saturday Evening with the possibility of 2 or 3 goals being scored in the match, however with Chelsea struggling in the goal department in the last few games this might effect the amount of goal action we will see.

Chelsea v Stoke City Recent Form (Left to Right)

Chelsea: L W W L L

Stoke City: W D W W W

Stoke City have a commanding advantage on the recent form stats having managed to win four out of their previous 5 matches played and with Odemwingie in good form they are in with a shout to take something away with them from Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea’s recent form stats are probably the worst they have been all season as they have lost three out of their last five matches, they have lost two which were too PSG and last weekend in the Premier League to Crystal Palace.

Chelsea v Stoke City Match Betting Odds Market

Chelsea will be looking at this game as a real chance to get back on track after losing their last two matches and with them being at home for this fixture I would expect them to come through this encounter quite comfortably. If this is to be the outcome they will need either Eto’o or Fernando Torres to up their games and start scoring on a regular basis. The best odds for Chelsea to take all 3 points are coming in at 2/7 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers) which does seem very short considering their last couple of matches both ended up in defeats.

The Draw is a big possibility in this fixture given Chelsea’s recent bad form and with Stoke firing on all cylinders at the moment then I could see this being a possible outcome, however this match is at Stamford Bridge and manager Mourinho will be hammering it into his players that this is a match they should be winning if they are going to lift the Premier League trophy in May. The best odds for the draw are coming in at 11/2 with Stan James (£10 Free Bets for New Customers) which for me is good value and certainly worth getting on as you main cover bet for this game.

Stoke City will be looking at Chelsea’s dip in form and will be out to pile more misery on the London based club. I believe that if Stoke sit back and try to take a point away they will be well beaten, but if they go to Stamford Bridge and have a real go at a depleated Chelsea team then we might see an upset on the cards and if you like a flutter and want a bit of value for money then backing Stoke might not be a bad choice with the best odds coming in at a massive price of 14/1 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers).

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Chelsea v Stoke City Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Chelsea will be looking at this game thinking it’s a must win if they are to challenge Liverpool and Manchester city for the crown of the Premier League title once again under The Special One.

I believe Chelsea will be rampant in this game and will score at least 2 or 3 goals given the importance of securing all 3pts and the fact that their manager will be drilling it into them when he speaks to them before the game starts.

Stoke City should not be wrote of in this game as they have won four out of their last five matches and with them scoring a few goals in those matches then they will be on a real high and should stand a decent chance of causing an upset if they go to Stamford Bridge and take the game to Chelsea.

However, my banker this week is going to be for Chelsea to score over 2.5 goals as there is a good price on this and like I have stated above I believe they will be rampant in a must win game which should see them score a few goals during this one

This week my saver has been a hard one to choose, but I having gone for Eden Hazard to score at anytime because he has been Chelsea’s best player this season by quite some way and he is their current top goal scorer and the only real player in the Chelsea squad that you could rely on finishing a chance if presented with one.

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