Our football match prediction:
Stoke City will be looking to build on the performance they produced in a goalless draw with Manchester City when they square off against league leaders Chelsea at their Bet365 Stadium. The Potters managed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last two league fixtures and we predict that they will rely on their rock-solid defence in Saturday’s football match against Antonio Conte’s troops. Chelsea were not into action at the weekend, but they are still ten points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League standings. The Blues have been producing terrific showings under Antonio Conte, but seeing that Stoke City are tough to beat at home, share of spoils appears on the cards. In their last meeting in Stoke the Potters emerged triumphant, with Marko Arnautovic scoring the winner for Mark Hughes’ team. It has be noted, though, that the Austria international is rated doubtful for Saturday’s football match against Chelsea.
Highlighted Player (Allen):
Joe Allen is another high-quality footballer from the new generation of Wales internationals, who was part of the team that took Swansea from League One to the Premier League, and he had no problems adapting to arguably the strongest league championship in Europe. Allen operated as a deep-lying playmaker as the Swans impressed upon reaching the elite division, with his excellent passing skills persuading Liverpool to splash £15 million on his services. The central midfielder didn’t exactly manage to develop into an indispensable member of the side at Anfield, but he is considered an important squad player and has always performed well when called upon. Meanwhile, he has been one of the pillars of the most successful team in the Wales history together with Gareth Bale, Ashley Williams and Aaron Ramsey, while even representing Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Allen started five games for the Dragons as they secured the first ever appearance at the European Championship finals.
Highlighted Team (Chelsea):
Over the years Chelsea have established themselves as one of the dominant forces in the English Premier League. Roberto Di Matteo helped the team win their first ever Champions League trophy (2011/2012), but it has to be noted that they were more than fortunate to beat Bayern Munich in the title game. Chelsea have been playing at Stamford Bridge since 1876 and they are a real force to be reckoned with at home. The Blues have won seven FA Cups, five League Cups, two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups and the UEFA Europa League. Rafael Benitez was in charge of the team that faced Benfica in the 2012/2013 Europa League final, with Branislav Ivanovic scoring the winner for the Blues in the title clash. After lifting the 2014/2015 Premier League trophy, the Blues largely struggled in the next campaign, which saw Jose Mourinho’s second spell with the club come to an end, and Antoine Conte went over to take the reigns for the 2016/2017 season.