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.