Chelsea v Stoke: Match Preview

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Roberto Di Matteo expects Oscar to be fit to face Stoke despite suffering an ankle injury against Juventus in the Champions League.

The Brazilian scored a brilliant brace against the Italians but hobbled off in the second half, but he has recovered and is available for selection.

Danny Sturridge once again misses out for the Blues with a hamstring injury, but Roberto Di Matteo has no fresh injury concerns. Marko Marin is not yet fit enough to be considered for first-team selection.

Stoke midfielder Jamie Ness is pushing for a recall, but right-back Andy Wilkinson serves the first of his three-match ban after accepting a violent conduct charge for his elbow on Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli.

Chelsea have won five of their last six Premier League games at Stamford Bridge, while Stoke have not won at Chelsea in the league since 1974.

Difficult Game

Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo anticipates a tough test against Tony Pulis' side. The Potters held Premier League champions Manchester City to a 1-1 draw in their last Premier League match, and Di Matteo insists Chelsea will not be taking them lightly.

"It's always a difficult game against them and we have found it hard to break them down," said the Chelsea manager.

"It's not just due to their physical approach, they are very well organised defensively as well.

"Michael Owen is a natural goalscorer, he's a very good signing for Stoke. I was a bit surprised as he's not very tall, like a lot of their players, but he's still very dangerous and I'm sure they will benefit from his qualities."

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