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Stoke City vs. Chelsea: Confirmed lineups

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Here we go then.  Stokeyness awaits.  Time to endure and prevail and reclaim the three-point lead at the top by conquering the Britannia on a wet, windy weekday night.


Stoke City starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Asmir Begovic | Erik Pieters, Marc Muniesa, Ryan Shawcross, Phil Bardsley | Steven N'Zonzi, Geoff Cameron | Marko Arnautovic, Bojan, Jonathan Walters | Peter Crouch

Substitutes from: Jack Butland, Robert Huth, Glenn Whelan, Marc Wilson, Charlie Adam, Mame Biram Diouf, Oussama Assaidi

Chelsea starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Thibaut Courtois | Cesar Azpilicueta, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic | Nemanja Matic, John Obi Mikel | Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas, Willian | Diego Costa

Substitutes from: Petr Cech, Filipe Luis, Kurt Zouma, Nathan Ake, Oscar, Andre Schurrle, Didier Drogba


Mourinho makes one change from the last Premier League match, dropping Oscar for the no longer suspended Cesc Fabregas.  Mikel starts for the fourth game in a row (and the 250th time in his Chelsea career) as he retains his place next to Matic.  Courtois is fit to start and Ake makes the bench for the first in forever.


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