Chelsea v Stoke City latest odds, news and free bets

Andre Villas-Boas is still probably waking up in the morning and feeling a sense of relief after the ordeal of having to be Chelsea manager. The Portuguese has been paid off handsomely for a few months work and Roberto Di Matteo is now tasked with trying to secure Champions League football for the Blues

Chelsea sit three points behind Arsenal in the Premier League and it was clear from Di Matteo’s selection at Birmingham during the week that there will be a full-strength side out to face Stoke, irrespective of next week’s Champions League clash with Napoli.

Despite winning just eight of their thirteen games at Stamford Bridge, the bookies are taking no chances with their quote about the west London side and a best price of 2/5 (bet365 £200 free bets) is available that the team kick on from that 2-0 FA Cup win at St Andrews.

We should expect to see John Terry back in the team to add stability in defence, while Ashley Cole and Didier Drogba will also be restored to the team after sitting out the FA Cup tie which saw Chelsea reach the quarter final of the competition.

Drogba is key to the team finishing in the top four and the Ivorian can be backed at 9/2 (Bet Victor) to score the first goal of the game, with his physical prowess sure to be effective against a Stoke defence that have kept back-to-back clean sheets.

As for Stoke, they do have four away wins on the board this term and have clambered back into the top half of the Premier League following wins against Swansea and Norwich at the Britannia Stadium.

The visitors are as big as 9/1 (Stan James bookmaker) to win the match and a draw certainly isn’t out of the question at 7/2.

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