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The Statto | Stoke City v Chelsea

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RUN | Mark Hughes' side will be looking to extend their unbeaten run at the bet365 Stadium to nine Premier League games on Saturday, having not lost in North Staffordshire since an undeserved 1-0 reverse against Bournemouth in November.

 

BAD OMEN? | Stoke City's current eight-game unbeaten run at home is the best run since a 12-match streak in 2012 - one that was ultimately ended, in emphatic style, by Chelsea (0-4).

 

HOME COMFORTS | Since suffering successive home losses against Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at the start of the campaign, the Potters have lost just one of the next 12, registering 23 points in the process - just shy of an average of two per game.

 

CHAMPIONS ELECT | The Blues travel to the Potteries this weekend 10 points clear at the summit of the Premier League having claimed maximum spoils from 18 of their last 21 top-flight outings.

 

IMPROVEMENT | Whilst Chelsea hold by far the more impressive head-to-head record with Stoke,  Mark Hughes' men have lost just one of the last four meetings between the two sides, having taken four points from last season's two league fixtures as well as dumping the Blues out of the EFL Cup. The Londoners 4-2 win at Stamford Bridge earlier this term is their only triumph since April, 2015.

 

PAYING THE PENALTY | No side has conceded fewer penalties in the Premier League this season than the Potters (one). Chelsea boast the second most impressive record having given away just two.

 

OPENING UP | Having recorded eight clean sheets in 12 matches earlier in the season, the Blues have managed to keep just two from their last nine top-flight encounters. Mark Hughes' men meanwhile have obtained three in their last four fixtures and have only conceded more than one goal in a Premier League fixture once since losing at Stamford Bridge in December.

 

MILESTONE MAN | Chelsea hitman Diego Costa's next goal in the Premier League will be his 50th in the competition, with 17 of those coming during the current campaign.

 

FORTUNES | If the Potters are to claim three points on Saturday they will have to break their season-long duck of having not beaten any side in the top half of the table. Chelsea however, have failed to win just two of their 20 matches against teams outside the top five.

 

PACE-SETTERS | The Blues have netted first in each of their last seven games in the Premier League - a worrying statistic considering they haven't lost any of the 10 matches on the road this season in which they opened the scoring in. By contrast, Stoke have scored first in 10 of their 14 home fixtures this term and have not once been beaten after having done so.



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