Stoke City vs. Chelsea

Rafael Benitez takes his Chelsea side to Stoke City on Saturday afternoon, looking to bounce back from their disappointing 2-0 home defeat to Swansea City in the League Cup on Wednesday.

The hosts have won just once in their last seven fixtures, and go in to the game on the back of a goalless draw at Crystal Palace in the FA Cup.

Tony Pulis has no fresh injury concerns, and call recall Asmir Begovic in goal.  Peter Crouch, Kenwyne Jones and Jonathan Walters are all available at a best price of 10.0 (9/1) to open the scoring, whist former Chelsea defender Robert Huth is worth considering at 23.0 (22/1).  You can get a price as high as 4.33 (10/3) for the home win, with Chelsea 1.95 (20/21) with Bet Victor. The draw is widely available at 3.5 (5/2).

Chelsea dropped to fourth place in the league after their 1-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers last time out in the league, and defeat here could see them drop out of the Champions League qualification places though they do have a game in hand over the rest of the top five.

John Terry is likely to be on the substitute’s bench after recovering from injury, though Petr Cech remains side-lined. Victor Moses and Jon Obi Mikel are away at the Africa Cup of Nations. With such a lack of resources up-front it’s no wonder there is plenty of Chelsea related transfer rumours and gossip, with David Villa most notably linked to the club.

Demba Ba has two in two for his new club, and is favourite to get the first goal of the game with Bet Victor offering 5.75 (19/4), with top scorer Fernando Torres widely available at 6.0 (5/1).

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