Chelsea head into their home fixture with Stoke in such good form that the very concept of an Ultimate Form Guide almost feels defunct, but we’re going to press ahead anyway.
12 wins in a row. 28 goals scored. 2 goals conceded. 10 clean sheets. There are almost no flaws in Chelsea’s recent record, and few in world football can currently rival it.
Stoke, meanwhile, are without a win in 4 and have lost their last 2 away games by fairly significant margins (3-1 and 4-1). It should be noted, however, that those defeats did come at the hands of Liverpool and Arsenal.
|ATTACKING FORM AVERAGES|
|DEFENSIVE FORM AVERAGES|
The Ultimate Form Guide (above) is unsurprisingly one-sided. Across the 15 key statistical categories, Chelsea are top in 13 whilst Stoke lead in precisely 0.
In attack Stoke are certainly no pushovers. Chelsea’s goals for, shots for, shots per goal and conversion rate stats are better than their visitors, but the margins are relatively slim.
It’s in defence where the chasm between the two sides really begins to open up. The Blues simply aren’t conceding goals, and their record of letting in just 1 per 18 shots on their goal is frankly outrageous. Defensively, they’re the best side in England by quite some distance.
If there’s any hope for Stoke in the stats, it’s that they have opened the scoring in 7 of their last 10 fixtures. If (and against this Chelsea side, it’s a big ‘if’) they can take the lead here, then maybe, just maybe, their defensive solidity can guide them to a share of the points. Right now, however, that seems more than unlikely.
CHELSEA v STOKE
Sat 31st December - 15:00 - Premier League -
CHELSEA v STOKE
Sat 31st December, 15:00
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