PMB: Chelsea v Stoke City - history
news Sat 30 Dec 2017
Ahead of this afternoon's kick-off, club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton recall some of our past encounters with the Potters...
We Have History
Chelsea are seeking to extend our unbeaten league run against the Potters at Stamford Bridge to 13 games. The Blues have won eight of the nine Premier League games played in SW6.
The champions’ record score in this fixture was recorded in April 2010 as Carlos Ancelotti’s prolific side progressed to the Double. The Blues put seven goals past two goalkeepers – Asmir Begovic replacing injured Thomas Sorensen after 35 minutes with the score 2-0. Both of those goals had been scored by Salomon Kalou, one a close-range header from Didier Drogba’s astute cross, the second a tap-in after Frank Lampard’s shot was parried.
The third came before half-time, a Lampard penalty won by Kalou’s dribbling, and the Ivorian soon completed his hat-trick by following up a rebound from one his own shots.
Lampard’s second, a controlled volley from Sam Hutchinson’s searching cross, made it five, before Daniel Sturridge raced past Begovic and drilled the ball home, and Florent Malouda converted Joe Cole’s late cross for 7-0.
Highlights of the game can be watched below...
Almost exactly a year ago, on New Year’s Eve, the Potters levelled twice before eventually succumbing, as Chelsea equalled the record of 13 consecutive top-flight victories in one season.
Gary Cahill gave the hosts the lead just past the half-hour, meeting Cesc Fabregas’s corner with a near-post header (pictured below), but a cheap free-kick was met by Peter Crouch and Bruno Martins Indi beat N’Golo Kante to the ball and bundled it over the line.
Gary Cahill gave the hosts the lead just past the half-hour, meeting Cesc Fabregas’s corner with a near-post header, but a cheap free-kick was met by Peter Crouch and Bruno Martins Indi beat N’Golo Kante to the ball and bundled it over the line.
The goal was the first conceded in 450 minutes of league football, and the Blues’ response was magisterial. Victor Moses fired a cross to Eden Hazard, who produced a sublime lay-off for Willian. The Brazilian fired home powerfully from the edge of the box.
Back came Stoke, though, Crouch again the thorn in Chelsea sides, this time nodding home Mame Biram Diouf’s ball in. Almost instantly Fabregas released Willian, who fired just inside the near post to restore the lead.
This time there was no going back and Diego Costa, holding off Indi, smashed in his 14th of the season to make the final reckoning 4-2.
Stoke have won two of their 19 Premier League meetings with Chelsea.
Dave Sexton was our manager when the Potters last won a league game at Stamford Bridge in April 1974, the final day of the season. Booed throughout by home fans, Alan Hudson scored the winner against his old club.
Stoke’s most recent victory in any competition against the Blues at Stamford Bridge was in 1995 in the League Cup second round when Paul Peschisolido scored the only goal 15 minutes from time.