POTTERS TO CONTAIN RAFFA'S BLUES
In the previous 5 league meetings between these two sides, Chelsea have emerged victors on 3 occasions while the sides have drawn in the remaining 2. Aside's from Chelsea's relative dominance, the other constant that can be observed is the goal line. There have only been a combined 6 goals in the previous 5 league encounters in this fixture, and never more than 2 in a single match.
Judging by more recent team performances, it is difficult to determine which Chelsea will show up to this match. Chelsea will more than likely be a bit fired up after their galling loss to QPR in their last league outing. The Blue's were absolutely woeful against QPR but found the spirit to hammer 3 past Southampton more recently in the cup. Whichever the case, the Blue's will not find it so easy to break down Stoke City.
Stoke likewise have been slightly unpredictably lately. Their normally solid defense has actually conceded 3 in two straight league games. Although the Potter's home undefeated record remains intact. I predict this defensive lapse will quickly come to an end. Several Stoke defenders have been out with either suspension or injury and the normally so reliable back four should be back at full strength in this match. Additionally, Stoke are a team which thrives on match preparation and organization. Tony Pulis will have undoubtedly taken this week as ample opportunity to reorganize and to drill in preparation for Chelsea's attack.
It is difficult to say who will win the match, I can see it going either direction in fact. I think the best bet here is to stick with historical conventions and go with the simple under 2.5 bet.