PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V STOKE CITY - PART ONE

Posted on: Fri 24 Jan 2014

This weekend brings the first home domestic cup game of the season. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton set the scene for the visit of Stokeā€¦


TALKING POINTS
On Sunday Chelsea will be aiming for a seventh successive win in all campaigns. The Blues love the FA Cup - we won four of the six finals at Wembley between 2007 and 2012 and have a formidable recent record at home in the competition. Of course the manager of our opponents, Mark Hughes, topped off his own fine experience in it by winning a fourth medal at the 1997 final alongside Di Matteo, Zola and co.

The Barclays Premier League may take a rest his weekend but only until Tuesday and Wednesday, when a full set of fixtures will be played. Stoke visit fellow strugglers and Capital One Cup finalists Sunderland, who must be buoyant after overcoming Manchester United at Old Trafford, and will have had a day longer to recover. Chelsea's midweek visitors West Ham had a free weekend and have headed off to sunnier climes.

Following Sunday's league success Chelsea have now taken all three points from Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United this season at the Bridge, with Everton, Spurs and Arsenal visiting over the next two months.

KEY STAT
It is 11 years since Chelsea lost a home FA Cup tie in open play.


Since 29 December the much-criticised Chelsea strikers have weighed in with six goals in four league games, so it was upsetting to see Fernando Torres injured in a challenge by Nemanja Vidic. In a separate incident the Serbia defender was sent off for the second time at the Bridge.

Rafael might easily have been dismissed in the last minute for the second successive meeting. Former top referee Alan Wiley revealed on Tuesday that Phil Dowd's assistant had called to the referee that the challenge warranted a straight red but Dowd had not heard him.

Sunday's game produced the Blues' biggest winning margin over the Mancunians since the title-settling 3-0 showdown seven and a half years ago. Samuel Eto'o became our first league treble hitter since Torres helped knock QPR for six in April 2012 and is responsible for a quarter of our home league goals (Eden Hazard has hit a fifth of them).

The Cameroonian is also only the fourth opposition player to score a Premier League hat-trick against United, and the third in Chelsea's history. The previous ones were by Scots forward Alec Cheyne on 6 September 1930, his first strikes for the Pensioners in a 6-2 victory, and debutant amateur Seamus O'Connell, who hit three in a 5-6 defeat on 16 October 1954.

After that loss a little into our title-winning campaign, chief scout Jimmy Thompson rang manager Ted Drake at the stadium, unperturbed by the result, he announced he had just seen a young man who had potential to become the greatest striker in our history. He was talking about Jimmy Greaves.

On Sunday Jose Mourinho also notched up his 100th league win with Chelsea. He achieved the landmark in just 142 games, the fewest in Premier League - and Chelsea - history. His first and last victories were both against Manchester United.

CHELSEA MANAGER'S GAMES TO REACH 100 LEAGUE WINS
Played Won Draw Lost
Jose Mourinho 142 100 29 13
Tommy Docherty 204 100 38 66
Dave Sexton 212 100 61 51
David Calderhead 242 100 46 96
Ted Drake 275 100 72 103

TOP FLIGHT ONLY
Played Won Draw Lost
Jose Mourinho 142 100 29 13
Dave Sexton 212 100 61 51
Ted Drake 275 100 72 103
David Calderhead 285 100 60 125



GAMES TO REACH 100 PREMIER LEAGUE WINS
Jose Mourinho 142
Sir Alex Ferguson 162
Arsene Wenger 179
Rafael Benitez 181
Kenny Dalglish 197
Gerard Houllier 200
Kevin Keegan 209
David O'Leary 212
David Moyes 248

 

Both Chelsea and Stoke reached the fourth round of the FA Cup by beating promotion-chasing east Midlands opposition. Chelsea won 2-0 at Steve McClaren's Derby while Stoke saw leaders Leicester off 2-1 at home.

Derby v Chelsea


If the scores are level after 90 minutes there will be a replay at the Britannia Stadium on Wednesday 5 February kick off 7.45pm subject to any selection for TV coverage.

Should either Chelsea or Manchester City be involved in a replay, the Premier League game between the clubs will move back from Monday 3 February to Saturday 1 February with a 5.30pm kick off.

The draw for the FA Cup fifth round will be after the completion of our game on Sunday at around 5.30pm, and will be broadcast on ITV1.


CHELSEA STATS
Chelsea in the FA Cup
Winners: 1970, 1997, 2000, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012
Runners-up: 1915, 1967, 1994, 2002
Semi-finalists: 1911, 1920, 1932, 1950, 1952, 1965, 1966, 1996, 2006, 2013


Last 10 seasons in the FA Cup
Season Round reached Defeated by
2003/04 Fifth Arsenal
2004/05 Fifth Newcastle
2005/06 Semi-final Liverpool
2006/07 Winners
2007/08 Quarter-final Barnsley
2008/09 Winners
2009/10 Winners
2010/11 Fourth Everton (penalty shoot out)
2011/12 Winners
2012/13 Semi-final Man City

 

Chelsea are looking to extend our unbeaten home record in the FA Cup in open play to 26 games. Arsenal were the last team to win here, in the quarter-final in March 2003.

The run includes 21 wins and four draws. In one of the draws, the 2011 fourth-round replay, Everton progressed on penalties after a 1-1 score after extra time.

Frank Lampard is our all-time top scorer in the FA Cup with 26 goals.

We have kept five clean sheets and conceded just two goals in our last seven league and cup matches.

Jose Mourinho is unbeaten at Stamford Bridge in all 86 domestic games in open play.

 

Last six results
Dec 26 Swansea (h) W 1-0
Dec 29 Liverpool (h) W 2-1
Jan 1 Southampton (a) W 3-0
Jan 5 Derby (FA Cup a) W 2-0
Jan 11 Hull (a) W 2-0
Jan 19 Manchester United (h) W 3-1

 

2012/13 scorers (64)
Hazard 11 (1 pen), Eto'o 8, Oscar 8, Torres 8, Lampard 6 (1 pen), Ramires 4, Ba 3, Schurrle 3, own goals 3, Mikel 2, Terry 2, Willian 2, Azpilicueta 1, Cahill 1, Ivanovic 1, Mata 1

Chelsea's next three games
Wed 29 Jan West Ham home 7.45pm
Mon 3 Feb Manchester City away 8pm*
Sat 8 Feb Newcastle home 3pm
*Sat 1 Feb 5.30pm if either team is involved in an FA Cup replay

 

MILESTONES
Frank Lampard's next converted penalty will be his 50th for the Blues.

Frank's next goal will be his 250th in his club career (Chelsea 209, West Ham 39, Swansea 1).

If selected, Frank Lampard will move ahead of Peter Bonetti to become our second highest FA Cup appearance maker with 58 behind Ron Harris (64). He is already our leading all-time scorer in the competition with 26.

Congratulations to Jose Mourinho, who celebrates his 51st birthday this Sunday.


STOKE STATS
Stoke in the FA Cup
Winners: None
Runners-up: 2011
Semi-finalists: 1899, 1971, 1972


The Potters have the worst away record (with Hull) in the top flight, winning five points from 11 games. Their only victory on the road was at West Ham in August.

Their two away games in the Capital One Cup have seen a 2-0 win at Tranmere and a 4-4 draw at Birmingham.

Stoke have failed to score in six of their 11 away Barclays Premier League games this term.

The FA Cup win against Leicester was their only win in their last six games, during which they conceded 16 goals.

 

Last 10 seasons in the FA Cup
Season Round reached Defeated by
2003/04 Fifth Arsenal
2004/05 Fifth Newcastle
2005/06 Semi-final Liverpool
2006/07 Winners
2007/08 Quarter-final Barnsley
2008/09 Winners
2009/10 Winners
2010/11 Fourth Everton (penalty shoot out)
2011/12 Winners
2012/13 Semi-final Man City

 

Manager Mark Hughes
Days in charge: 241
Played 27
Won 8
Drawn 8
Lost 11

 

PMB

 

Last six results
Dec 26 Newcastle (a) L 1-5
Dec 29 Tottenham (a) L 0-3
Jan 1 Everton (h) D 1-1
Jan 4 Leicester (FA Cup h) W 2-1
Jan 12 Liverpool (h) L 3-5
Jan 18 Crystal Palace (a) L 0-1

 

2012/13 scorers (33)
Adam 6 (1 pen), Crouch 6, Jones 5, Assaidi 4, Ireland 3, Arnautovic 2, Walters 2, Begovic 1, Cameron 1, Nzonzi 1, Pennant 1, Shawcross 1

 

WINDOW WATCH
Completed January transfers

Chelsea
Ins Bertrand Traore (Bobo-Dioulasso, undisclosed), Nemanja Matic (Benfica, undisclosed)
Outs Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg, undisclosed), Sam Walker (Colchester, undisclosed), Ryan Bertrand (Aston Villa, loan), Bertrand Traore (Vitesse Arnhem, loan), Patrick Bamford (Derby, loan), Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough, loan), Nathaniel Chalobah (Middlesbrough, loan), Josh McEachran (Wigan, loan)
Stoke
Ins John Guidetti (Manchester City, loan), Stephen Ireland (Aston Villa, undisclosed), Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution, loan)
Outs Brek Shea (Barnsley, loan), Jamie Ness (Leyton Orient, loan), Juan Agudelo (Utrecht, loan) 


THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Chris Foy is the referee for his second Chelsea match of the season. He was the official for our match at West Ham in November.


OTHERWISE ENGAGED
There are no suspensions.

Visit again tomorrow for part two of the Briefing.

- Join Chelsea TV's Ben Andrews and Jason Cundy at 2.30pm on Sunday as they bring exclusive build-up and live commentary of the match.