- David Luiz is a long-term absentee for Chelsea with a knee issue and misses out.
- Andreas Christensen is a doubt due to illness having missed the win over Brighton, while Charly Musonda has a groin problem.
- Davide Zappacosta and Danny Drinkwater could come into the XI in place of Victor Moses and Tiemoue Bakayoko.
- Kurt Zouma is unable to face his parent club and with Bruno Martins Indi sidelined and Ryan Shawcross a doubt, Geoff Cameron could partner up with Kevin Wimmer at the heart of the defence.
- Erik Pieters is a doubt, however, and Mark Hughes will hope to have the defender fit to start.
- Jese and Glen Johnson are both doubts, while Stephen Ireland is a long-term absentee.
Chelseahavewon 10 of their last 11 home matches against Stoke in all competitions.
Chelseahavewon their last 6 home matches (Premier League).
Chelseahave kept a clean sheet in their last 3 matches (Premier League).
Chelseahave seen over 2.5 goals in their last 3 matches against Stoke in all competitions.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Chelsea‘s last 3 games (Premier League).
Chelseahavescored at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches against Stoke in all competitions.
Stoke have failed to win 9 of their last 10 away matches (Premier League).
- A 2-0 win over Brighton means Chelsea have now won their last six home Premier League games, conceding just three goals in that time. The hosts are also unbeaten in their last six home meetings with Stoke, winning five.
- The Potters have won only one of their last 10 away league games, though four points from the last six available has eased pressure on Mark Hughes. With a raft of defensive absentees, Stoke are expected to struggle here.
- Indeed, Chelsea should make light work of Stoke.