Chelsea v Stoke City: match preview, team news, facts and figures

Eden Hazard will take on Ibrahim Afellay again as Chelsea meet Stoke.

Kick-off: 3pm, Saturday 5 March 2016
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne)
Match in a nutshell: After an 11-match unbeaten league run under Guus Hiddink, Chelsea have the chance to move up to seventh with a win over Europa League-chasing Stoke.
Five key battles: Including Cesc Fabregas v Giannelli Imbula

Injuries and suspensions
Ruled out: John Terry (hamstring), Pedro (hamstring), Kurt Zouma (knee), Radamel Falcao (thigh).
Fitness test: Kenedy (groin).

Ruled out: Phil Bardsley (calf), Ryan Shawcross (back), Glen Johnson (knee), Marc Wilson (knee), Charlie Adam (calf), Shay Given (knee).
Fitness test: Geoff Cameron (ankle).

Possible line-ups

Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Kenedy; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.
Subs from: Begovic, Amelia, Aina, Miazga, Clarke-Salter, Baba, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Traore, Pato, Remy.

Stoke City: Butland; Cameron, Muniesa, Wollscheid, Pieters; Whelan, Imbula; Shaqiri, Afellay, Arnautovic; Walters.
Subs from: Haugaard, Teixeira, Ireland, El Ouriachi, Joselu, Bojan, Odemwingie, Diouf, Crouch.

Vital statistics

Form guide – last five league matches
Chelsea total:
W W W D D (11 points)
Home: W D D D D (7 points)

Stoke City total: W W W L L (9 points)
Away: W L L L W (6 points)

Top scorers – all competitions
Chelsea: Costa 14; Willian 10; Oscar 8; Pedro 5; Cahill 3, Fabregas 3, Ramires 3, Remy 3, Traore 3; Azpilicueta 2, Hazard 2, Ivanovic 2, Kenedy 2, Zouma 2; Falcao 1, Loftus-Cheek 1, Matic 1, Mikel 1, Terry 1.
Stoke City: Arnautovic 10; Walters 7; Bojan 5; Diouf 3, Joselu 3, Shaqiri 3; Afellay 2, Crouch 2; Bardsley 1, Imbula 1.

Last five meetings
7 November 2015: Stoke City 1 Chelsea 0
27 October 2015: Stoke City 1 Chelsea 1
4 April 2015: Chelsea 2 Stoke City 1
22 December 2014: Stoke City 0 Chelsea 2
5 April 2014: Chelsea 3 Stoke City 0
Chelsea 3 wins, Stoke 1 win, 1 draw