Chelsea will be looking to secure another 3 points to end the year on a high note when they entertain Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
The Blues are now 1 point behind second-placed Man United after their 2-o victory over Brighton on Boxing Day coincided with united’s 2-2 against Burnley.
Stoke City are not in the best of form at the moment but they have picked up 4 points from their last two games ahead of this one and so The Blues have no room for complacency when The Potters come to town.
When these teams met in September at the Britannia, it was a day to forget for Mark Hughes’s side as Chelsea ran out 4-0 winners, with Alvaro Morata scoring a hat-trick. The Stoke boss will be looking for a much better result this time around.
Chelsea are still without long-term absentee David Luiz who is still recovering from a knee injury but Andreas Christensen could return for this one after being hit with sickness for their last outing against Brighton.
Predicted Started XI
Cesar Azpilicueta Andreas Christensen Gary Cahill
Victor Moses Cesc Fabregas N’golo Kante Tiemoue Bakayoko Marcos Alonso
Chelsea Manager Antonio Conte has stated that Chelsea must finish in a Champions league position as they are apparently out of the title race and will be expecting victory on Saturday.