Chelsea have won all seven of their Premier League home games against Stoke City going into Saturday’s latest encounter at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea are sweating on the fitness of John Terry and Pedro, who have hamstring problems, while Kenedy will be assessed after suffering a minor groin injury in the midweek win over Norwich City.
Phil Bardsley has added to Stoke’s defensive problems after pulling a calf in Wednesday’s win against Newcastle United, meaning Geoff Cameron will again have to play through the pain barrier to fill in at right-back.
Marc Muniesa will start in the middle as part of the back four which finished the game against Newcastle, with Dionatan Teixeira now the only fit defender in reserve.
Ryan Shawcross, Glen Johnson, Marc Wilson and Shay Given are still out, but Charlie Adam could return.
- Chelsea have won all seven Premier League matches against Stoke City at Stamford Bridge, with the Potters scoring just two goals in that run.
- Guus Hiddink is unbeaten in his 11 Premier League games as Chelsea manager in this spell – no manager has gone 12 unbeaten at the start of a single spell as a manager at a Premier League club.
- Stoke boss Mark Hughes has lost 30 and won none of his last 34 Premier League matches as a coach at Anfield, Emirates/Highbury, Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge combined.
- Hughes played three seasons for Chelsea scoring 25 goals in 95 Premier League appearances.
- Chelsea are six games unbeaten at home in the Premier League but have drawn four of those and kept no clean sheets in the last seven on home soil.
- The Potters have won just one of their last 14 Premier League away trips to London (W1 D5 L8).
- Chelsea have won three successive Premier League matches for the first time since April 2015 (also the last time that they won four in a row).
- Diego Costa has scored or assisted 12 goals in his last 10 Premier League appearances (eight goals, four assists).
- Chelsea are the only team in the Premier League not to concede any goals in the opening 15 minutes of matches in 2015-16 so far.
- Chelsea are on their longest unbeaten run of the season in the league (12 games), which is also the second longest run of any team in 2015-16 (Spurs 14).