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Full-time: Stoke 1-0 Chelsea

  • Chelsea lie 16th in the Premier League and only three points above the bottom three after their seventh top-flight defeat of the season and third in succession at the Britannia Stadium
  • Defending champions dominated for much of the 90 minutes, but fell behind to an acrobatic volley from Marko Arnautovic eight minutes into the second half
  • Pedro hit the post and substitute Loic Remy was controversially denied a penalty after colliding with Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland
  • Jose Mourinho was absent from proceedings as he served a one-match stadium ban handed down for his half-time rant at referee Jon Moss during the defeat to West Ham last month
Marko Arnautović
Marko Arnautovic secured all three points for Stoke with an acrobatic second-half volley. Getty

Despite producing a much better performance in certain respects, it is another dismal weekend for Chelsea as a seventh top-flight defeat of the season and a third on the bounce leaves them 16th in the Premier League and only three points above the relegation zone. With Mourinho absent due to that aforementioned stadium ban, the beleaguered champions are now 13 adrift of fourth-place Manchester United ahead of their next match against Norwich on 21 November.

Will this be enough for Mourinho's second spell at Stamford Bridge to be brought to a premature end? Only time will tell, but there is no escaping the fact that he has already suffered more defeats than ever before in a top-flight season. He did still appear to retain the support of the travelling fans today, it must be said.

As for Stoke, a fourth win of the season lifts them up to 12th. That is all from us for now, but stay tuned to IBTimes UK for post-match reaction throughout the night and join us again tomorrow when we will be bringing you live coverage of the north London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham in addition to Aston Villa v Manchester City and Crystal Palace's trip to Liverpool.

Until then, goodnight.


Stoke 1-0 Chelsea

A furious ending as Johnson leads a Stoke break. Arnautovic cuts inside nicely, but gets too greedy when presented with options either side and he is eventually well tackled.

Hazard runs across the edge of the box with purpose before picking out Oscar, but the Brazilian's hopeful shot is tame and struck straight at Butland.

Johnson is belatedly booked for an earlier foul as the fourth official signals an additional four minutes. Can Chelsea find a late equaliser?

Shaqiri has been announced as the sponsors' man of the match after a lively display. Stoke defending valiantly at present.

Controversy strikes as Remy is released by Costa before eventually stumbling to the ground after trying to hurdle the onrushing Butland. He eventually gets the shot away, but it veers harmlessly wide.

Had he gone down straight away, Chelsea could easily have been awarded a penalty there.

A golden opportunity for Stoke to seal an impressive three points is spurned as a determined Afellay does brilliantly to dispossess Matic in the corner. He finds Arnautovic, whose nice flick picks out Walters.

Unfortunately, his strike is well off target.

"Mark Hughes' barmy army" rings out around the Britannia Stadium as Mame Biram Diouf replaces Shaqiri.

Another great chance for Chelsea as Hazard lets fly with a low shot towards the bottom corner following good work from Willian and Terry and a great Oscar backheel.

The effort looks destined to end up in the back of the net before Johnson's deflection takes it wide.

Wasteful from Willian as he fails to clear the first man and Stoke easily head clear.

Another Stoke change as Adam jogs off to be replaced by summer signing Ibrahim Afellay. Chelsea win a free-kick in a great position as Pieters slides in too strongly on Remy.

Another attack comes to nothing for Chelsea as Matic is afforded space outside the box and shapes to shoot but curls the ball far too high.

A final change sees Remy replace Ramires for the final 15 minutes or so.

It looks as if Ramires is playing at right-back now for Chelsea, with Azpilicueta shifting to the opposite side and Fabregas partnering Matic in midfield. Oscar is playing slightly further forward behind Costa, with Hazard and Willian on either side.

Chelsea continue to throw several men forward but Costa's attempted overhead kick is misguided and Ramires miscontrols his attempt to prevent the ball going out of play. Fabregas was clearly offside there but deemed not to be interfering with play.

Hughes reacts by making a change of his own, throwing on Cameron in place of Bojan.

Hazard can barely contain his frustration as he feels he is denied a free-kick following a collision with Bojan on the edge of the box.

A double substitution now from Chelsea as Baba and Pedro are replaced by Fabregas and Oscar.

Agonisingly close to a Chelsea equaliser as Willian feeds Pedro with a low pass and the Spaniard resists pressure from three Stoke bodies to curl a wonderful effort past Butland and onto the post. Desperately unlucky.

The nimble Shaqiri creates more problems for Baba down Stoke's right-hand side and floats in a cross that Arnautovic can only head over.

Chelsea have attacking options on the bench in the likes of Oscar, Loic Remy and Kenedy - how long before Faria and Holland call them into action?

A fizzing strike from Hazard flies just over Butland's crossbar. As Chelsea pour further forward in search of an equaliser, Stoke are clearly intent to punish them on the counter.

A penny for Mourinho's thoughts just at the moment, wherever he may be. Chelsea have now failed to keep clean sheets in their last eight away matches in the Premier League and only two in their last 15 altogether.

More pressure from a wounded Chelsea as Willian has a free-kick cleared and Costa forces a corner. The temperature has just been racheted up a notch as goalscorer Arnautovic clashes with Willian.

Chelsea attempt to mount an immediate response as a long-range piledriver from Matic stings the palms of Butland. The latest skirmish in the battle between Shawcross and Costa ends with the former being cautioned for an elbow across the neck.

Despite largely dominating the match so far, Chelsea fall behind yet again. Johnson cuts inside Baba after being picked out by a low pass from Bojan and he tees up Walters, but the Republic of Ireland forward cannot provide a finishing touch as his effort is blocked by Zouma.

Following that deflection, the ball loops up towards the back post and the otherwise anonymous Arnautovic provides an acrobatic volleyed finish. Begovic does get a touch, but not enough to prevent the ball from crashing into the back of the net.

Goal: Stoke 1-0 Chelsea (Marko Arnautovic)

Referee Taylor is being treated to a rather hostile reception from the home fans now after penalising Adam for a suspect elbow and then Johnson for a meagre foul on Pedro.

Costa is then annoyed after not being given a free-kick following a challenge from Shawcross.

Costa cunningly peels off his marker and into the gap between Shawcross and Johnson. He calls for the ball, but Azpilicueta's cross is overhit and the attack fizzles out.

Although Mourinho is not present at the stadium, it seems that he is still permitted to communicate with the bench should he so choose. One wonders what advice assistants Rui Faria and Steve Holland will have uttered to the players at half-time.

Whelan and Bojan get the second half underway for Stoke.

That was a far better first-half performance than we have become accustomed to seeing from Chelsea of late, but despite monopolising possession they have yet to supply the finish to reward such dominance. In-form goalkeeper Butland has made two smart saves to deny both Ramires and Costa.

Stoke have been forced to get significant numbers behind the ball for the most part, although Shaqiri has looked to get the better of Baba every time he has got the ball. Hughes was offered a timely reminder of Begovic's quality early on as he produced a strong one-handed save to deny Johnson the opening goal.


Stoke 0-0 Chelsea

Mark Hughes is incensed as Stoke are forced to kick the ball out after Willian falls to the turf with no other players nearby and Shaqiri looking to kickstart a rare attack. It will be interesting to see if he emerges for the second 45.

Chelsea's lack of meaningful penetration is evidenced once again as they get forward in numbers and exchange numerous passes on the edge of the Stoke box before Matic scoops a poor cross to the back post with no teammate in sight.

Baba's struggle to contain the wily Shaqiri continues as he is cautioned for hauling down the Swiss following a smart turn.

Four minutes of added time signalled at the end of the first half following that earlier injury to Pieters.

A first yellow card of the evening from referee Anthony Taylor as Whelan is punished for scything down Hazard with an ill-judged slide.

From the free-kick, Willian's looped cross is overhit. Walters clears with an awkward header, but Matic had strayed offside anyway.

To their credit, Stoke are defending the majority of these first-half corners with real authority.

Butland is called into action for a second time to thwart Chelsea with his trailing leg as Costa is denied with a low strike following an inventive backheel from Pedro.

Stoke are beginning to get penned in a bit here, but Nemanja Matic's attempted cross only picks out Adam and Hazard relieves some of the pressure by fouling Whelan. Just under 10 minutes of the first half remaining.

Poor Pieters, whose nose appears to be bleeding once again as Chelsea begin to apply a lot of pressure and Zouma heads over from another corner.

From a Chelsea corner, Willian cleverly picks out the run of Hazard on the edge of the penalty area but his low drive is cleared by Walters.

A very cynical foul from Adam on Pedro wins Chelsea a free-kick. The Stoke midfielder will be lucky to avoid a yellow card at this rate.

Baba struggles to deal with Shaqiri as the former Bayern Munich and Inter Milan midfielder tees up Glenn Whelan, whose hopeful shot is blocked.

Shaqiri then beats his marker once more with a lovely piece of skill and lofts the ball towards the back post where Walters gets up above Terry but cannot direct his header on target.

Pedro sweeps a wonderful ball out to the Hazard on the left. The Belgian controls well and produces an inviting low cross that Costa just fails to reach on the slide.

Willian's proven prowess from dead-ball situations makes it imperative to remain sensible and level-headed inside your own half, but Adam gives away a free-kick with a blatant handball.

The Brazilian swings in a dangerous ball towards the run of Zouma at the back post but the referee's assistant raises his flag for offside.

Not content to be outshone by his predecessor, Jack Butland produces a a fine stop to tip Ramires' dipping volley over the crossbar.

In fairness to Shawcross, Costa did not even try to contest that header and any contact looked purely accidental. The Spanish international appears fine to continue.

With Pieters back on, Costa is the next player to go down holding his lower back following a robust aerial challenge from Shawcross.

Great agility from former Stoke number one Asmir Begovic to get down low to his right and make a strong one-handed save from Glen Johnson's shot following good work from Jon Walters - who signed a new two-and-a-half year contract earlier today - and Bojan.

Zouma beaten too easily there.

Shaqiri's whipped free-kick takes a nick off Marko Arnautovic and Zouma is alert to deflect the ball over. The resulting corner leads to a Chelsea break, with Baba feeding the speedy Hazard down the left flank.

He provides a low pass to Willian, but Ramires can eventually only prod wide under pressure from Adam and Shawcross.

After a delay, Pieters is now helped off the pitch with what could well be a broken nose. He appears keen to continue, although he will need to change his shirt/shorts and get sufficiently patched up first.

Concern for Erik Pieters here after he takes a painful high boot from Pedro directly to the nose. Cameron or indeed Marc Wilson could be required to come on after just 10 minutes if the physios cannot stem a nasty bleed.

Things already look to be getting feisty between Ryan Shawcross and Diego Costa. Those two certainly have previous and it will be fascinating to see who comes out on top in that battle.

Good play from Shaqiri to outmuscle Baba Rahman in a dangerous area but his cross fails to pick out a Stoke teammate.

Chelsea's first attack sees Hazard feed Pedro, but he is crowded out and the former then scoops a wild effort well over the top from a difficult angle.

A positive start from the hosts as Charlie Adam beats Cesar Azpilicueta down Chelsea's right-hand side before teeing up Xherdan Shaqiri, who tries an acrobatic effort that goes over the crossbar.

After a thoughtful minute's silence ahead of Remembrance Sunday, we are now underway.

Thibaut Courtois and Radamel Falcao are still absent for Chelsea, of course, as is Branislav Ivanovic following a recent hamstring problem.

In terms of other team news, Marc Muniesa and Shay Given remain out for Stoke with hamstring and knee injuries respectively. Defender Phil Bardsley was available for selection once again this evening after serving a one-match suspension for the two yellow cards received against today's opponents in the Capital One Cup. He does not even make the bench, however.

Just over five minutes until kick-off now.

Chelsea, meanwhile, opt for two changes in the attacking department following that aforementioned win over Dynamo Kiev. Eden Hazard and Pedro made a real difference of the bench for the final 11 minutes of that Group G clash at Stamford Bridge and both are recalled to the starting lineup today. Cesc Fabregas and Oscar both drop to the bench.

Gary Cahill remains out of the picture as Mourinho opts to stick with Kurt Zouma and John Terry as his first-choice centre-back pairing.

13th-place Stoke are unchanged from the side that drew 0-0 away to Newcastle last time out. Geoff Cameron is back among the substitutes after recovering from a thigh strain and he replaces Marco van Ginkel, with the Dutch midfielder ineligible to play for his parent club.

Chelsea: Begovic, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Terry, Baba, Ramires, Matic, Willian, Hazard, Pedro, Diego Costa

Subs: Amelia, Cahill, Mikel, Fabregas, Oscar, Kenedy, Remy

Stoke: Butland, Johnson, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Pieters, Adam, Whelan, Shaqiri, Bogan, Arnautovic, Walters

Subs: Ireland, Wilson, Afellay, Diouf, Cameron, Crouch, Haugaard

For the second time in 11 days, Chelsea visit the Britannia Stadium after a week dominated by headlines surrounding Jose Mourinho. While all the talk prior to the club's penalty shootout defeat in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup last month concerned the potential for him to lose his job amid a desperate run of form, today the 52-year-old will be absent altogether as he serves a one-game stadium ban enforced for his half-time rant at referee Jon Moss during the loss to West Ham.

That run of three consecutive defeats for last season's champions was ended with a narrow 2-1 victory over Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on Wednesday, a win that came courtesy of an own goal from Aleksandar Dragovic and an excellent late free-kick from Willian.

We will have breaking team news, confirmed line-ups and live updates for you very shortly. In the meantime, you can follow today's 15:00 GMT Premier League kick-offs by clicking here.