Premier League match preview Chelsea vs Stoke City, game week 19. Important things to know; Kick-off: 15:00 BST, Date: Saturday 31 December, 2016, Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, Referee: Robert Madley, Stream Guide: Watch Live
Skipper John Terry remains out for the league leaders.
Diego Costa and N'Golo Kante are back from suspension. Both missed the last game against Bournemouth.
Pedro is suspended for this game.
Marco van Ginkel and John Obi Mikel are doubtful for this clash.
Marko Arnautovic will miss out once again through suspension, this will be his final suspension.
Ibrahim Afellay returned against Liverpool earlier this week, he is expected to start.
Xherdan Shaqiri will be eyeing for a start. While Bojan might start from the bench.
Stephen Ireland, Phil Bardsley, Geoff Cameron and Jack Butland are all on the sideline through injury.
Chelsea have won their last 12 Premier League games, keeping clean sheets in 10.
Stoke City have not won any of their last four Premier League games.
Chelsea have lost only two of their last 20 games against Stoke in all campaigns.
Chelsea have scored more than a goal in 5 of their last 6 home league games.
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Chelsea 1 – 1 Stoke City
Chelsea to dominate possession.
Stoke to have a lucky breakthrough in the start.
Diego Costa to equalize in the second half.