Stoke City vs. Chelsea Line-ups
The teams are in for this afternoon`s game against Stoke City and as expected Antonio Conte has made wholesale changes from the mid-week win over Nottingham Forest. Conte has decided not to risk Eden Hazard from the start, in what can be a physical game up in the Potteries. Probably not a bad shout.
Gary Cahill drops back down to the bench with Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta making up the back three. Despite having a small incident in his car leaving Cobham yesterday, Tiemoue Bakayoko is preferred in midfield alongside N`golo Kante.
Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses return to their familiar wing-back roles, with Pedro, having recovered from a slight knock, partnering Willian and Alvaro Morata in attack. Tibo Courtois obviously starts in goal and Azpi captains the side.
Substitutes are Willy Caballero, Gary Cahill, Davide Zappacosta, Cesc Fabregas, Charly Musonda, Eden Hazard and Michy Batshuayi.
Mark Hughes Stoke side are struggling with injuries, Ryan Shawcross is not fit and neither is Kevin Wimmer. Ex-Chelsea full back Glenn Johnson plays in place of Wimmer.
Full line up is Butland, Johnson, Martins Indi, Pieters, Diouf, Fletcher, Allen, Ramadan, Shaqiri, Choupo-Moting, and Jese. Their substitutes are Grant, Berahino, Timon, Afellay, Adam, Crouch and Souttar.