Published: Sun, September 24, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Stoke vs. Chelsea: Premier League highlights and recap


A deft chip by Fabregas on the edge of the Stoke penalty area saw Azpilicueta chest the ball down to in-running Morata who tapped the ball into the empty net - game well and truly over. Much like Rudiger, his ability to get back and make last-ditch challenges bailed Chelsea out on numerous occasions, and his physicality was the flawless antidote to Stoke's more technical midfielders.

The back three of Stoke could get isolated and that will allow Hazard to take advantage.

Mark Hughes' side were picked apart by their Blue counterparts on Saturday.

Super Eagles forward Victor Moses, was in action for the entire duration of the match as Chelsea enjoyed a goal feast against Stoke away on Saturday.

City went in front shortly before half-time when Leroy Sane converted after a one-two with David Silva. There can be no worse time for Roy Hogdson (two games into the job) to face the joint most prolific attack in the League.

Chelsea forward Pedro will return to Antonio Conte's squad for the trip to Stoke on Saturday while Tiemoue Bakayoko is available despite being involved in a vehicle accident on Thursday.

Completed 96% of his passes today misplacing just three, he's fast becoming one of the league's best ball-playing centre-halves, and at only 21, it's hard to believe but he will get even better.


Morata has adapted well to life in the Premier League since his £60 million move from Real Madrid in the summer and his manager feels his predatory instincts are truly impressive.

Stoke have been excellent at home this season.

Five points from a possible 15 to begin the season may look underwhelming, but Stoke boss Mark Hughes was quick to point out following the 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United last weekend that his side have been dealt a tough hand. Any such collapse from Pep Guardiola's and and Jose Mourinho's side this season, and Conte and his team will be there ready to pounce. Cross-town rival and second favorite Manchester United has been revised to +275 after a stumble with a draw against Stoke City.

The likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Bojan and Jese are all excellent on their day, however those days are few and far between.

Kane's first-half brace and a Christian Eriksen effort put Spurs 3-0 up before Serge Aurier was sent off and West Ham came back into the game through Javier Hernandez and Cheikhou Kouyate.

United's fans again aired a chant about Lukaku that draws on racial stereotypes about black men's penises and the club said they had requested CCTV footage from Southampton to identify the culprits.

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