Stoke v CHELSEA: Preview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Venue: Britannia Stadium

Date: Saturday, 12 January

Kick-off: 15.00 GMT

 

After another avoidable defeat midweek in the Capital One Cup, it’s back to the Premier League and a trip to the Britannia this afternoon. And whilst we usually come away from there with something, Stoke are a lot stronger at home this season.

Ironically, Demba Ba has done fairly well since failing a medical at Stoke two years ago, scoring four times against them in four Premier League games, so if he gets more than ten minutes at the end of the game today, he might just make them regret that a little bit more.

 

MANAGER’S VIEW

Going into today’s game, Tony Pulis seems intent on winding us up focusing more on voicing his hopes to see Rafa stay than the game itself, insisting “Rafa needs the opportunity – and it isn’t weeks or months, you have to give people time.  Chelsea have got some fantastic players. But the instability of the club is partly to blame in lots of respects. You’ve got to let people get on with their jobs and do the job in good times and bad times.  Manchester United have bad runs, Manchester City, but you have to stick with what you believe.

Hopefully they’ve picked their manager now and will give him the opportunity – and it isn’t weeks or a few months, you have to give him a few years in the job to put everything in place to build a club.  You can’t do it on a weekly or monthly basis. He’ll be hoping it’s not a short-term thing.  Stability within a club breeds success – and continued success. I think they had that for a period with Mourinho. Rafa doesn’t need this pressure. It’s pressure the players don’t need and it’s pressure the club don’t need.  That’s all stimulated by constant change.  I’m not in charge there, I have no feelings for the club.  But I know they have a very rich owner who wants to see them win and win.”

 

 

SQUAD NEWS

For Stoke, Marc Wilson (leg) and Rory Delap (hernia) remain out although Pulis has no new injury concerns.

For Chelsea, Oriol Romeu and Yossi Benayoun (both knee) are still absent and John Terry (knee) managed a run-out for the U21 side this week although is unlikely to be risked.  Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel are both away with the African Cup of Nations although there’s an outside chance Cech could return.

 

 

TEAMS

STOKE (Possible line-up): Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Wilkinson; Walters, N’Zonzi, Whelan, Adam, Jerome; Jones.

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Turnbull; Azpilizueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole; Luiz, Lampard; Oscar, Mata, Hazard; Ba

 

 

LAST SEASON

Stoke 0-0 Chelsea (14th August 2011)

 

 

PREDICTION

Before today, we’re unbeaten in our last eight away to Stoke in the league and cup and they haven’t beaten us at home since 1975. Rafa though, has yet to prove he could care less about records we might have had before his arrival and he’d need to take this one seriously enough to start Demba Ba for either of those runs to be extended. If, as we probably all fear he starts Torres again, we’ll be lucky to come away with anything.

8 Responses to “Stoke v CHELSEA: Preview”

  1. why luiz in the middle when ramires is fit. I am not impressed by luiz’s casualness and indiscipline in that role….

    Either luiz starts at d back or he doesnt at all

    Turnbull
    Azpi Luiz Iva Cole
    Ramires Lampard
    Oscar mata hazard
    Ba

  2. lampard wit all due respect should nt b a starting player @ chelsea ryt nw

  3. swiz u muppet, lamps should always start

  4. i’ve never ever questiond roman before, but to let lamps go would be the worst decision he’s ever made.

  5. Hi Chelski guys , suppose already Demba Ba’s a hero and kissed his badge and slid on his knees in the corner . Has he got a spare 40 squid for this geezer an honest hard working chap from newcastle ??

    http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/90-000-a-week-star-didn-t-pay-40-bill-1-5316325

    come on pay up Ba !!!!

  6. forget pep, get jose back, under jose we could beat anyone, not now, we were unbeatable at home, not now

  7. what the fuck is going on, qpr,swansea now soton, how embarrasing. come on roman get jose back

  8. Forget Jose…we need a blogger who works harder. The most recent article is a “preview” of 2 games ago?