By Okeowo Oladapo
The Blues go into this game on the back of 12 successive wins and 10 clean sheets. Stoke City, on the other hand, visit Stamford Bridge in indifferent form that has seen them take 5 points from a possible 18.
Antonio Conte was dismissive of Arsène Wenger’s suggestion that the title is already Chelsea’s to lose, but will face Stoke seeking a 13th successive league win and conscious that his team are favourites. “I’m pleased if people are changing their opinions (of us),” he said. “But that means you must pay even more attention.”
Both teams have mostly shared the spoils in their last 5 meetings with Chelsea winning two and drawing two.
Diego Costa returns for this game after serving his one-match suspension for collecting five yellow cards.
Time: 4pm (Nigeria)
Showing on: Supersport 3
Doubtful Hazard (knee)
Injured Terry (gluteal strain)
Suspended Pedro (one match)
Doubtful Bardsley (knee)
Injured Muniesa (knee, 7 Jan), Cameron (knee, 14 Jan), Ireland (leg, Feb), Butland (ankle, Feb)
Suspended Arnautovic (last of three)