No Eden Hazard - Chelsea Team vs Stoke City Confirmed

Eden Hazard has been in incredible form this season of the Premier League and it is nowhere more evident than Antonio Conte's comments regarding the player. I hope to win it, but there is a long way to go.

"This is good for the team, but Antonio is a very good coach with good mentality, good ideas as to how to play and win the games".

Mark Hughes'men are also unbeaten in their last two home matches against Chelsea, securing a 1-0 win the league last season and a penalty shootout success in the League Cup.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte had stated on Friday that he wasn't unduly anxious about Hazard's ability to deal with the rough and tumble of the Premier League, and backed the former Lille star to overcome any physical teams by utilising his own strength to ride challenges and deal with other tackles. "I'm happy for the win and for the fans it was a very handsome win".

He stated: "I think Diego is showing to be very disciplined and showed me great commitment for the team and not himself and I want this from my players".

Stoke are the latest side that will try and stop Chelsea's march towards the Premier League title when the two sides clash on Saturday.

"I think he realised that and has made a little bit more of a meal of the slight push".

Cesc Fabregas. The midfielder has been in fine form with seven assists and two goals this season.

Chelsea are just 8/13 with Sky Bet to maintain their relentless title charge, with Stoke 19/4 for the win and 14/5 to hold the leaders to a draw. However, the Brazilian has failed to score in eight league appearances since that game.

Since being dropped by Conte after a training ground row over a back injury and a lucrative offer from Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian, Diego Costa has scored four goals in nine Chelsea matches. "You saw by the reaction of their players after the game". It's not easy at this point of the season to come here and play Stoke, a strong team also with good quality.

Antonio Conte, in his short stint so far with his new employer, Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, has led a revolution of sorts both off and on the field.

  • Stacy Allen