Stoke City vs Chelsea, Premier League: How to watch live, what time is kick-off and our prediction

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Diego Costa of Chelsea and Ryan Shawcross of Stoke City compete for the ball during Chelsea's last league visit to the Potteries, in November 2015  - 2015 Getty Images

What is it?

It's the Premier League clash between Stoke City and Chelsea at the bet365 Stadium.

When is it?

It's this Saturday afternoon, March 18. 

What time is kick-off?

3:00pm is the scheduled match start time. 

What TV channel is it on?

It isn't on television, being a 3pm-er on a Saturday.

If you bookmark this page, though, you can return from 2pm on the day to enjoy our minute-by-minute build-up and match coverage.

An acrobatic finish from Marko Arnautovic won this fixture for Stoke last season Credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty

What is the team news?

Stoke

Mame Biram Diouf is doubtful with a knee injury, while Xherdan Shaqiri and Glen Johnson are battling to regain fitness after thigh and shoulder injuries respectively.

Though Jack Butland has made positive progress in recovering from a fractured ankle, the England stopper will not be line for selection until April at the earliest.

Stephen Ireland is still some weeks away from returning as he continues rehabilitation after a double leg-fracture.

 

Who would pick to play for Stoke against Chelsea on Saturday?

Chelsea

Chelsea's only injury concern is Victor Moses, who will have to battle through a calf injury if he's to make the team against Stoke.

Kurt Zouma replaced Moses late on in Monday's FA Cup win over Manchester United, though it remains unclear whether Chelsea boss Antonio Conte would ask him to deputise in the less-than-familiar right-wing-back role from the start on Saturday.

Who would you pick to play for Chelsea against Stoke on Saturday?

What are they saying?

Bruno Martins Indi, Stoke City defender

Bruno Martins Indi has largely been a mainstay of Stoke's defence in 2016-17 Credit: Anthony Devlin/Reuters 

We are talking to each other, the club and me. I have the intention to stay [beyond the end of the season-long loan]. We want to see what is going to happen.

I was following Stoke City before I was here, and I knew the way the manager [Mark Hughes] wants to play.

He gave me a lot of confidence to come here and he trusted me, I am happy that I could give him that back.

Eden Hazard, Chelsea forward

Eden Hazard has been a player reborn under Antonio Conte's management Credit: David Rose/Telegraph Media Group

For me, it is a privilege to play with this manager, and I hope we can achieve something together.

He gives the spirit to the team. Of course, we have worked a lot and hard. But if that’s the key to winning games, we will work hard.

The manager wants me to pass, to make assists, create chances - and I do more because I think the position is more central and I don’t ask all the time for the ball at my feet.

Key stats

  • Stoke have only ever won two of their 17 Premier League meetings with Chelsea.
  • Chelsea's last win at the bet365 Stadium was a 2-0 win in December 2014, en route to winning the Premier League title.
  • If Diego Costa scores against Stoke, he will have reached the mark of 50 Premier League goals in 80 games - only Andy Cole, Alan Shearer, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Fernando Torres managed it in fewer appearances.

What are the odds?

Stoke to win: 5/1
Draw: 3/1
Chelsea to win: 8/13

Chelsea inflicted Stoke's record Premier League defeat in a 7-0 rout at Stamford Bridge in 2010 Credit: DYLAN MARTINEZ/REUTERS

What's our prediction?

Stoke 1-3 Chelsea

Chelsea will be drawn into a more open game than they might like when Stoke grab a goal - but the visitors will have plenty of joy attacking a defence that has already leaked so many goals to top-six sides this season.

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