Stoke City vs Chelsea
|Date & Time||Saturday March 5, 2016, 10:00 AM (EST)|
The Line: Chelsea 1/2 Draw 10/3 Stoke City 6/1
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Huge week for Chelsea football club as they host Stoke City on Saturday before the return leg of their Champions League tie with Pais Saint Germaine on Wednesday night. Incredibly a win for Chelsea could see them leap frog Stoke City up to seventh in the table after a horrendous season so far. There is no doubt that things fell apart under Mourhino and it's tough to see why, there is no more talented squad than Chelsea in the Premier League. With Hazard, Fabregas, Willian, Oscar and Costa there is so much attacking talent here that Chelsea's struggles this season were hard to comprehend, they have turned it all around under Hiddink though and Chelsea are now the form team and with ten games left they could conceivably win all ten and sneak into the Champions League. Personally though I think Hiddink rests players here and looks to win the PSG tie and try to make it into the Champions League through that medium. This could be a shock on the cards here.
Stoke City look to make it four wins in a row and Mark Hughes side has the attacking talent now to hurt teams and that goes with a really solid back four and fantastic goalkeeper. Stoke City are going to be tough to beat here, there is no doubt that Chelsea is a tough place to go but I do think that Chelsea are going to rest players here and against this Stoke City team that is a recipe for disaster. Shaqiri, Bojan and Affelay have been lighting the league up this season along with their player of the season Marko Arnautovic. Mark Hughes side can take something here and I am going to be on them big time.
A couple of things here, I think this line is way out of sync, yes Chelsea are one of the form teams in the league but Stoke over the last three have been excellent. If Chelsea rest players this line is going to change dramatically. Chelsea no matter how focused they try to be will have one eye on Wednesday night. I am taking Stoke City here on the handicap. Stoke City +1 @ 6/4