Taking down the Potters

Chelsea haven’t given Stoke City much reason to enjoy their visits to Stamford Bridge over the past decade.

Since the Potters returned to English football’s top flight in 2008/09, the Blues have hosted them at the Bridge on 11 occasions – nine times in the Premier League and twice in the FA Cup – winning 10 games and drawing the other.

As we try to extend our long unbeaten home record against the Staffordshire club this weekend in our final game of 2017, here is a look at some of our best performances against them over the past nine years.

January 2009

Stoke nearly took all three points on their very first Premier League visit to the Bridge as Rory Delap netted against the run of play on the hour mark. They frustrated the Blues for much of the afternoon but our constant pressure finally paid off when Juliano Belletti headed in the equaliser with two minutes left. It set up a rousing conclusion which culminated in the fourth minute of added time when Nicolas Anelka’s blocked shot ricocheted to Frank Lampard who sent a left-footed shot fizzing into the net to secure a dramatic 2-1 win.

April 2010

With Chelsea just a point ahead of second-placed Manchester United late in the 2009/10 season, a win against Stoke was crucial to our ambitions of regaining the Premier League title. Tony Pulis’ side had a stingy and well organised defence but after Didier Drogba had set up the opening goal for Salomon Kalou in the 24th minute with a brilliant bit of control, the Blues ran riot. Kalou went on to net a hat-trick, Lampard scored twice and Daniel Sturridge and Florent Malouda chipped in with a goal each as we romped to a 7-0 victory en route to securing the Double.

March 2012

Having taken charge of the Blues following Andre Villas-Boas’ departure, Roberto Di Matteo’s first league match as caretaker manager proved a pretty frustrating affair as Stoke held out against the home side despite the dismissal of Ricardo Fuller after 24 minutes. However, the resistance of their 10 men was finally broken by a brilliant Drogba winner midway through the second half. Played in by Juan Mata’s fine through ball, the Ivorian went past a defender with his first touch, sidestepped a sliding challenge by goalkeeper Asmir Begovic with his second before despatching the ball into the net with his third.

April 2015

Having scored the winner in our 3-2 victory at Hull City in our previous game, Loic Remy bagged another crucial goal when Stoke visited the Bridge late in the 2014/15 season. The Blues had taken the lead through an Eden Hazard penalty but were pegged back when Charlie Adam’s audacious shot from inside his own half caught out Thibaut Courtois. However, the Blues capitalised on a defensive error just after the hour as Willian intercepted a clearance and fed Hazard who advanced into the box, drawing defenders towards himself before slipping the ball to Remy to tap it into the unguarded net.

December 2016

Our most recent home game against Stoke last New Year’s Eve was an entertaining and high-scoring affair as the Blues set a new club record of 13 consecutive league wins. Gary Cahill gave us a 1-0 lead at half-time but the advantage was wiped out by Bruno Martins Indi a minute after the interval. Victor Moses and Hazard then teed up Willian to restore our lead and although Peter Crouch netted a second Stoke equaliser in the 64th minute, Cesc Fabregas set up Willian for his second a minute later and Diego Costa bulldozed through the visiting defence five minutes from time to seal a 4-2 victory. 

Games against Stoke at the Bridge since 2009

Date Competition Result

17 Jan 2009

League

Chelsea won 2-1

7 Mar 2010

FA Cup

Chelsea won 2-0 

25 Apr 2010

League

Chelsea won 7-0 

28 Aug 2010

League

Chelsea won 2-0 

10 Mar 2012

League

Chelsea won 1-0 

22 Sep 2012

League

Chelsea won 1-0 

26 Jan 2014

FA Cup

Chelsea won 1-0 

5 Apr 2014

League

Chelsea won 3-0 

4 Apr 2015

League

Chelsea won 2-1 

5 Mar 2016

League

Drew 1-1

31 Dec 2016

League

Chelsea won 4-2