Jose Mourinho hands a full debut to Nemanja Matic, who partners the returning Frank Lampard in midfield for the Blues.

At the back, with John Terry starting on the bench, David Luiz plays alongside Gary Cahill, with Branislav Ivanovic and Ashley Cole occupying the full-back positions.

Andre Schurrle makes his first start since the away game against today's opponents in the Premier League last month - when he scored a brace - as one of the attacking trio alongside Eden Hazard and Oscar, with the three tasked with supplying lone striker Samuel Eto'o.

Chelsea are expected to line up in the following 4-2-3-1 formation:

23.Schwarzer; 2.Ivanovic, 4.David Luiz, 24.Cahill, 3.Cole; 21.Matic, 8.Lampard (c); 14.Schurrle, 11.Oscar, 17.Hazard; 29.Eto'o.

Substitutes: 1.Cech, 28.Azpilicueta, 26.Terry, 12.Mikel, 7.Ramires, 22.Willian, 19.Ba.

Stoke City are expected to line up in the following 4-2-3-1 formation:

1.Begovic; 20.Cameron, 12.Wilson, 17.Shawcross (c), 3.Pieters; 15.Nzonzi; 8.Palacios; 19.Walters, 10.Arnautovic, 32.Ireland; 25.Crouch.

Substitutes: 29.Sorensen, 5.Muniesa, 6.Whelan, 16.Adam, 23.Guidetti, 24.Assaidi, 30.Shotton.

Today's referee is Christopher Foy.

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