Chelsea vs. Stoke City: Date, Time, TV Info and Preview

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Chelsea vs. Stoke City: Date, Time, TV Info and Preview
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The last time Chelsea and Stoke City matched up, history was made. 

At the time, striker Didier Drogba scored his 100th Premier League goal, and manager Roberto di Matteo won his first Premier League match against the 10-man squad of Stoke City.

That would mark the beginning of the Roberto di Matteo era and eventually started a turnaround season that led Chelsea to a Champions League triumph.

In its last five matchups, Chelsea are 3-0-2 (W-L-D) against Stoke City.

 

Where: Stamford Bridge

When: Saturday, September 22, 10 a.m. ET

TV: Fox Soccer

 

Chelsea Team Breakdown:

Striker Fernando Torres is now the go-to attacker with Didier Drogba no longer on the team. 

A lot of the team's offense now lies on the shoulders of Torres, as Chelsea look to perform better than their 0-0 showing against QPR. 

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It was the first time Chelsea failed to score a goal this season, and there was clear frustration as Torres headed straight to the locker room when replaced by Daniel Sturridge with 10 minutes remaining.

With Chelsea's offensive struggle against QPR, it would be easy to point the finger at Torres when he had chances to score both in the first and second half. However, we all know that one player cannot make up a team, and Chelsea cannot rely on Torres to score goals. 

The defensive four looks solid as well, with the likes of veterans John Terry and Ashley Cole aiding keeper Peter Cech.

Currently atop the Premier League standings with a record of 3-0-1 (W-L-D), Chelsea will be tested against Juventus, before playing against Stoke. 

 

Stoke City Team Breakdown: 

Transfers Charlie Adam and Steve N’Zonzi have fit in well with this team nicely so far, and manager Tony Pulis has even praised this team's spirit. 

After their previous matchup with Manchester City ended in a draw, Pulis praised his team by saying (via stokecityfc.com):

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"It shows that you can compete at this level when you have that collective spirit and commitment because in many respects it isn’t a level playing field. If you work as one, which the eleven have done today, you can compete and get results in those circumstances. I thought they did brilliantly.”

Although Stoke drew against Man City, it will not get any easier against Chelsea. 

To go along with their positive attitude and spirit, Peter Crouch and Jonathan Walters must have a solid game attacking, and the Stoke defenders must also slow down Chelsea striker Fernando Torres.

Stoke will head into this game with a lot of momentum after claiming a point off reigning champions Manchester City. 

However, for a chance to win the game, Stoke must play strong for the entire game and must replicate the showing they had against Man City to have a chance at beating a team of Chelsea's caliber.

 

Prediction: Chelsea will bounce back against Juventus after a disappointing 0-0 draw against QPR. Chelsea will carry that momentum heading into Saturday's matchup against Stoke City. Stoke will have no answer as Chelsea will pull out the clean sheet, 2-0. 

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