Our match prediction:
It is a shame that Chelsea bosses only think about Guus Hiddink as interim manager as the Dutch coach has picked up the pieces once again, helped the team restore the lost confidence and revive the top 4 bid, which seemed like mission impossible just a couple of months back. Thanks to three victories on the bounce, the Blues now sit mere eight points behind fourth-placed Manchester City and their Champions League hopes are clearly still alive. Following the convincing victory over Norwich at Carrow Road, Chelsea are predicted to see off Stoke City as well, even though the Potters have also raised their form of late. Mark Hughes’ side took advantage of an easy fixture list to record successive triumphs over Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Newcastle, but the clash at Stamford Bridge will be a whole different ball game. We do expect Stoke to give the Blues a run for their money, but they will eventually come short.
Highligted Player (Matic):
Nemanja Matic is a Serbian footballer who plays for Premier League side Chelsea. The 194-cm-tall midfielder was born on 1 August, 1988 and he began his football career (youth) at Radnicki Obrenovac. In 2005 he signed for Kolubara and after impressing with Kosice in the 2008/2009 campaign, Chelsea owners decided to sign him. Nemanja spent the 2010/2011 season on loan at Vitesse and at the end of the season he signed a deal with Portuguese giants Benfica, with David Luiz heading in the other direction. Matic was in the form of his life in the 2013/2014 Primeira Liga campaign and he helped the Eagles clinch the domestic trophy. He rejoined Chelsea in 2014 for a fee of €25M and he helped the Blues win the Premier League title in the 2014/2015 season. Nemanja Matic has also developed into a key member of the Serbian national team that have been largely struggling of late.
Highlighted Team (Stoke City):
Stoke City FC (named Stoke FC until 1925) is an Enlgish football club from the city Stoke-on-Trent (located in the north of England). De club was founded in the year 1863 and next to Notts County FC the club from Stoke is the oldest professional football club worldwide. Different signs of Stoke City show that the club is foundedin1868. Currently Stoke City is playing in the Premier League. The home games of Stoke City are hosted in the Britania Stadium which holds a capacity for 29 000 spectators. The most known nickname of Stoke City FC is the Potters. The main club colors of the club are red and white. The away it is colored in blue. The only 3 prizes Stoke City managed to win so far are the League Cup in 1972 and the Football League Trophy twice (1992 and 2000). Famous players that played for Stoke City FC are: Ameobi, Gudjonhsen and Peter Crouch.