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Chelsea face Stoke City in the weekend Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Where to Watch Live
Kick-off is set for 5:30pm BST. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD. Catch the highlights of the game on Match of the Day on BBC One and BBC One HD at 10:25pm BST.
Chelsea were handed their second straight defeat in all competitions by Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) losing 3-1 at the Parc des Princes in their Champions League quarterfinal, first leg fixture last Wednesday.
Ezequiel Lavezzi opened the scoring for the hosts early in the game only for Eden Hazard to level matters from the penalty spot. However, PSG managed to take the lead in the second half after David Luiz put the ball inside his own goal.
Substitute Javier Pastore then netted the third goal late in injury time to ensure Laurent Blanc's men hold a significant advantage when they travel to Stamford Bridge for the second leg next week.
The west London club also suffered a setback in the race for the league title, losing the top spot in the table after falling to a 1-0 defeat against Crystal Palace last weekend. An own goal by John Terry gifted three points to the Eagles helping them steer four points clear off relegation zone.
Jose Mourinho's side are now second in the league table with 69 points from 32 matches, trailing leaders Liverpool by two points.
Meanwhile, Stoke are on an unbeaten run of five matches in the league and registered a 1-0 victory against Hull City at the Britannia Stadium last Saturday. Peter Odemwingie's second half strike was enough to help the Potters secure all three points for the home side.
Stoke are currently 10th in the league table having garnered 40 points from 32 matches.
Mark Hughes' side are enjoying a fine run of form at this moment as opposed to Chelsea and will be hoping to extend their unbeaten streak. Nevertheless, the London club are still the favourites to win this clash given that they have not lost a single league game at Stamford Bridge this season.
Three points for Cheslea can momentarily send them on top of the table as Liverpool are scheduled to play their league fixture against West Ham United on Sunday.
What Managers Say
Jose Mourinho: "We know how Stoke play, they are not the kind of team who change their approach to matches. They have their identity, they are getting good results, even away from home, so I don't see a reason for them to have a radical change. They are a difficult opponent, we played them in the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge, we won 1-0 but it wasn't an easy match, it was open until the end, so tomorrow will be difficult."
Mark Hughes: "What you find with top clubs though is they bounce back very quickly, and when questions are asked, top players and top teams more often than not they tend to have the answers. We have to be mindful of a backlash, but we are in a good place at the moment, and if there is ever a good time to go to a place like Stamford Bridge then that is when you are in better form than Chelsea, which we possibly are at the moment."
- Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L L W W L
- Last Result: Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 Chelsea
- Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W W D W
- Last Result: Stoke City 1-0 Hull City
- Injured: John Obi Mikel (unspecified), Samuel Eto'o (hamstring)
- Doubtful: N/A
- Suspended: Ramires
Probable Lineup: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Luiz, Matic; Salah, Schurrle, Hazard; Torres
- Injured: Ousamma Assaidi (knee), Robert Huth (knee)
- Doubtful: N/A
- Suspended: N/A
Probable Lineup: Begovic; Cameron, Wilson, Shawcross, Pieters; Odemwingie, Whelan, Adam, Arnautovic; Walters, Crouch