Rolling Blues: Live Blog

Welcome to Friday's rolling news coverage - the final one of 2017 - as we keep you updated with all the Chelsea happenings throughout the day. 

Antonio Conte's side will be looking to build on the Boxing Day victory over Brighton with another three points at Stamford Bridge tomorrow, as we welcome Stoke City to west London with the game kicking off at 3pm. 

We got the thoughts of the boss ahead of that trip ealier today, when he sat down with the media for his pre-match press conference, while the side were put through their paces at Cobham. 


Antonio Conte's side were hard at work this morning at a wet and windy Cobham, as the preparations for the weekend clash with Stoke continued. 

Here's the best of the images caught today...

Press Conference 

Antonio Conte spoke to the media earlier today, and you can rewatch the Cobham press conference live via this website, Chelsea TV and our YouTube channel

The boss gave us the latest from the treatment room ahead of the game, spoke about the possibility of a winter break in England and also gave us an update on Baba Rahman as he continues to recover from a serious injury.

Opposition camp

Mark Hughes has admitted he faces somewhat of a defensive ‘injury crisis’ ahead of the clash at Stamford Bridge.

Former Blue, Glen Johnson, is ruled out through injury at full-back, whilst it’s unclear whether Erik Pieters will be fit in time to return to the line-up.

Skipper Ryan Shawcross and central defensive partner, Bruno Martins Indi, have both been ruled out of the game whilst Kurt Zouma, who joined Stoke on loan from us at the start of the season, is ineligible to play against us.  

Speaking at his media conference, the Potters boss also hinted that a number of youth players may make the squad travelling to west London. 

Recent meetings

We have a good record against the Potters, which we will be looking to build on tomorrow when Mark Hughes brings his side to Stamford Bridge. 

We have won nine of our last 10 meetings with Stoke, with the Potters taking just one point off us in the Premier League.

An Alvaro Morata hat-trick led us on the way to a 4-2 victory at the Bet 365 Stadium earlier this season.

Premier League fixtures 

(All 3pm kick-offs unless stated)

Saturday December 30

Bournemouth v Everton 
Chelsea v Stoke
Huddersfield v Burnley 
Liverpool v Leicester 
Newcastle v Brighton 
Watford v Swansea 
Man United v Southampton (5.30pm) 

Sunday December 31

Crystal Palace v Man City (12pm) 
West Brom v Arsenal (4.30pm)