Chelsea"Chelsea" is coming to a duel with the "potters" after winning the last round, also at home over the "Brighton". Only in the first half the "seagulls" managed to defend their gates at the castle. In the second half of the match, the "blue" embodied the huge advantage that they had over the opponent, in two goals scored. Another goal scored by Alvaro Morata. For him, he already became the tenth in the championship.
In the standings, thanks to the three points scored, Chelsea narrowed the gap from Manchester United to one point, as the Sir Alex's lost points in a duel with Burnley. Now the Londoners are in third position, ahead of the fourth "Liverpool" by four points.
It should be noted that to the December marathon, Conte brought "Chelsea" in excellent shape. "Blue" won three of the four previous meetings, and missed them only one goal. At home, "Chelsea" gave an excellent winning streak of six games in a row, and also in them showed an excellent game on the defensive. For the last five home meetings the team missed only once.
There is no special loss for Chelsea. In the infirmary has long been David Luis. In question, participation in the match Andreas Christensen and Charlie Mussonda.
Stoke City"Stoke City" in the last two rounds was able to interrupt a series of three successive defeats. "Potters" lost for this period, "Tottenham" 1: 5, "Burnley" 0: 1 and "West Ham" 0: 3. However, the Marathon team Marc Hughes started a good start. House was beaten by West Brom 3: 1, and on a visit it was possible to save the match with Huddersfield - a draw 1: 1.
Four points scored slightly improved the tournament position, "Stoke City". "Potter" climbed to 13th place in the standings, but the distance to the relegation zone is only three points.
At the exit, "Stoke" performs weakly in the championship. For the glasses Hughes team clings only in a duel with the same unstable "West Bromwich", "Brighton", Huddersfield "and" Watford ". At the same time, the clubs from the top of the tournament "potters" were inferior.
At Stoke City on the eve of the match there are problems in the defense. Kurt Zuma has no right to play against Chelsea, and four more defenders - Eric Peters, Ryan Shoukross, Bruno Martins Indi and Glen Johnson, are injured, and it is not clear who of them will be able to take part in the match. In the infirmary, the "potters" also have Hes Rodriguez and Stephen Irland.