Reasons for Stoke City vs Chelsea tip
Stoke City isn’t playing very well recently. And they have one very hard task in front of them. The Potters will have to search for a victory against the current champions Chelsea. The Blues want to redeem for a draw against Arsenal in which they were inferior during the first half. But on the other hand, they would like to avoid spending too much energy before the Champions League match they have.
Stoke City preview
Everything was looking good for the hosts, after the wins against Arsenal, 1-0 and Rochdale, 4-0 in League Cup. But after those two successes, the Potters haven’t won in 4 straight games. To make it even worse, Stoke lost two previous games, and their defense allowed 2 goals in each of the past 3 events. What worries their fans are pale performances and lack of energy. Mark Hughes has to wake up his team and to find some way to make certain improvements. It seems that the biggest problem for this team is not having any creativity in the midfield. That is why it the experienced manager relies mostly on counter attacks and waits for the mistake of the opponents.
Ryan Shawcross is doubtful for this game. Geoff Cameron, Ibrahim Afellay, and Stephen Ireland are on the injury list for a long time.
The Blues had a challenging game against Arsenal in which they didn’t provide some astonishing performance. But they quickly bounced back after smashing Nottingham Forest in the League Cup with 5-0. After the loss against Burnley in the opener of the Premier League, this was Chelsea’s 5th victory in 6 events along with one draw. Also, the game against Nottingham was the third in a row with them keeping clean sheets. The biggest problem, however, will be the absence of David Luiz after picking up a direct red card against Arsenal. Pedro’s condition is unknown, and Daniel Drinkwater is out until mid-October.
Stoke City vs Chelsea Head to head
Two previous meetings were won by Chelsea, but before that, the Blues hadn’t triumphed in 3 straight matches. Only one game during that period didn’t see both teams to score.
After 75 head to head battles, Chelsea has a positive record with the Stoke. The Blues recorded 37 victories 16 drawers and lost 22 times.
Stoke vs. Chelsea prediction and betting tips
We are definitely sure that Mark Hughes is going to try to repeat the recipe from the game with Arsenal. Hard and tough defense with a lot of counter-attacks but anyway we still believe that the hosts are going to win.
Despite all of the tactics, the Blues are perfect at the moment, and they do not forgive if the opponents give up the ball possession. Somewhere between 2 and 3 goals will be seen in this match, and that is going to be our second tip.