Chelsea vs Stoke City Premier League team sheets: Diego Costa on bench for Blues

Chelsea play against Stoke City on Saturday knowing that a win will take them nine points clear at the top of the Premier League with a game in hand.

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The Blues have stuttered recently, nearly losing to Hull City and drawing with Southampton. So they will be hoping that this will be a chance for a solid three points before they play Manchester United and Arsenal consecutively in a couple of weeks.

However, the Stamford Bridge outfit will be without star striker Diego Costa, with Loic Remy deputising. Costa is still on the substitutes’ bench. Except from that Jose Mourinho has chosen his first choice XI, with Willian starting ahead of Juan Cuadrado and Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic resuming their fruitful midfield partnership.

Meanwhile the Potters are looking to improve on a terrible record against Chelsea, having only scored once in the last seven games between the two.

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