NEWSFLASH: TERRY AND CECH FITNESS BOOST

Rafael Benitez has announced John Terry and Petr Cech took part in Friday’s training session and will travel with the squad for the Stoke game.

Terry suffered no adverse reaction to the 45 minutes he played for the Under-21s on Thursday night but he will not be considered for a place in the starting line-up at the Britannia Stadium.

Cech will undergo further assessment before the degree of his participation is decided.

CHELSEA TV HEADLINES: PRE-TRAINING ROUND-UP

Chelsea TV’s latest Blues News bulletin comes from Cobham prior to Friday’s training session which is in the afternoon, before the squad heads up to Stoke.

The first team, Under-21s and youth team are all included in the bulletin which can be viewed here.

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

11.01.2013

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

After two cup competitions it is back to the bread and butter fixtures…

10.01.2013

CHELSEA TV EXCLUSIVE: TERRY FEELING FINE

John Terry spoke to Chelsea TV following the channel’s live coverage of the Under-21 fixture at home to Fulham…

10.01.2013

UNDER-21S REPORT: CHELSEA 2 FULHAM 0

John Terry made his long-awaited return from injury for our Under-21s at Cobham, playing the first half for Dermot Drummy’s side in a 2-0 win against Fulham…

10.01.2013

CHELSEA TV EXCLUSIVE: STILL IN IT

Gary Cahill believes we can take inspiration from last season’s successful Champions League campaign when we attempt to overturn a 2-0 deficit against Swansea City in the second leg of our Capital One Cup semi-final…

10.01.2013

THE TWEET SPOT: EDEN HAZARD

Monday’s birthday boy Eden Hazard was the latest Chelsea man to answer fans’ questions via Twitter…

10.01.2013

THREE BLUES PLAY IN NIGERIA FRIENDLY

John Mikel Obi made his return to playing action in Nigeria’s first warm-up game ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations…

10.01.2013

GILES SMITH’S THURSDAY THOUGHTS

It is famously ‘only half-time’ in our current semi-final but having witnessed the first act fail to follow the script, supporter and columnist Giles Smith takes stock and dismisses despair…

10.01.2013

CHELSEA TV HEADLINES: TRAIN IN FRAME

The latest Blues News bulletin comes from Cobham where the players turn their attention to the weekend game at Stoke, and try to put the Swansea result behind them…

10.01.2013

READING AWAY FIXTURE CHANGE

Our Barclays Premier League game away at Reading has been rescheduled due to our participation in the FA Cup fourth round…

10.01.2013

EXTRA ARSENAL TICKETS ON SALE

There have been a few tickets returned for our Barclays Premier League game against Arsenal on Sunday 20 January…

10.01.2013

THE YOUNG GENERATION

It’s been a while, but both our Under-21s and Under-18s are preparing to return to action, and the official Chelsea website spoke to Dermot Drummy and Adi Viveash as they look ahead to the second

09.01.2013

FINAL WHISTLE VERDICT: CREATING CHANCES

Rafael Benitez felt a Chelsea goal in either half could have made a huge difference to Wednesday night’s game, but was left frustrated as we suffered a second consecutive home defeat.

09.01.2013

MATCH REPORT: CHELSEA 0 SWANSEA CITY 2

The Blues face an uphill battle to reach Wembley next month after errors gave Swansea a goal in each half…

09.01.2013

TEAM NEWS: CHELSEA V SWANSEA CITY

Fernando Torres returns to the starting line-up and makes his 100th Chelsea appearance, with Demba Ba on the bench…

09.01.2013

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME NOTES

You can read tonight’s matchday programme notes online…

09.01.2013

PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V SWANSEA CITY – PART TWO

Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton conclude their prelude to tonight’s cup encounter…

09.01.2013

FA CUP FOURTH ROUND DATE SET

Our FA Cup fourth round match against either Brentford or Southend United will take place on Sunday 27 January, kick-off 12noon…

09.01.2013

SPARTA PRAGUE HOME TICKET DETAILS ANNOUNCED

The latest ticket selling arrangements for our Europa League game against Sparta Prague have now been announced…

09.01.2013

AZPILICUETA: STARTING STRONGLY

Cesar Azpilicueta has already tasted success in the French League Cup, and as we prepare to take on Swansea City in the Capital One Cup semi-final, he is eager to repeat that feat in England…

09.01.2013

KANE STARTS LOAN SPELL AT BLACKBURN

Todd Kane has today (Wednesday) joined Blackburn Rovers on loan until 10 February…

09.01.2013

BENITEZ: FOR THE FUTURE

Rafael Benitez has been discussing the evolution of the side as we look to create a platform for an extended run of success at Stamford Bridge.

09.01.2013

PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V SWANSEA CITY – PART ONE

Another game, another competition, and it’s an all-Premier League contest for a place at Wembley…

PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: STOKE CITY V CHELSEA

After two cup competitions it is back to the bread and butter fixtures. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton lay out a feast of facts and figures…


TALKING POINTS
Well, it really is feast or famine at the moment. Having hit 16 goals in the three previous Capital One Cup matches, a blank and two conceded was unpredictable. Then again, Chelsea have won only two of our last seven home games and have now not hit the net in four of the last six matches at the Bridge.

The disappointing home defeat matched that in the last season’s fifth round against Liverpool, which was conclusive as it was an earlier round. At least the Blues have the chance – admittedly slimmer than anticipated – of reaching the final with a reparatory performance at the Liberty Stadium a week on Wednesday.

KEY STAT
Chelsea have won our last five consecutive away games, netting 16 goals in the process.

If home comforts are hard to find at present, away days have been booming. A win at Stoke will equal our record sequence of six successive top-flight away wins in league and cup, previously achieved in 2004/05 (twice), 2005/06 and 2006/07 (twice).

Punters will most likely not be going heavy on the goals aggregate for this match, though, which pits the joint meanest (Chelsea) and third tightest (Stoke) defences in the top flight against each other.

The Potters have played 12 fewer games than Chelsea and although they have a very good defensive record have only won six in all competitions. They have lost five and drawn 12.

Hazard

Five of their nine clean sheets have been in 0-0 draws, just like the corresponding fixture to this last season. Chelsea won our last two meetings at the Bridge by one goal to nil.

Unbeaten throughout December, the Potters began the new year with a 0-3 defeat by champions Manchester City. A rotated side then drew 0-0 at Crystal Palace in the FA Cup last weekend.

Demba Ba has managed four goals and two assists in four games against Stoke for West Ham and Newcastle, including a hat-trick last season at the Britannia Stadium.

Both teams have midweek fixtures looming: Stoke host an FA Cup replay against Palace on Tuesday, while Chelsea entertain the side we recently beat 5-1 in the same competition, Southampton, on Wednesday. That is the league game postponed from December when we were in Japan.


Barclays Premier League fixtures

Saturday
QPR v Tottenham 12.45pm – Sky Sports
Aston Villa v Southampton 3pm
Everton v Swansea 3pm
Fulham v Wigan 3pm
Norwich v Newcastle 3pm
Reading v West Brom 3pm
Stoke v Chelsea 3pm
Sunderland v West Ham 3pm
Sunday
Manchester United v Liverpool 1.30pm – Sky Sports
Arsenal v Manchester City 4pm – Sky Sports

Pld Gd Pts
1 Man Utd 21 +26 52
2 Man City 21 +22 45
3 Tottenham 21 +12 39
4 Chelsea 20 +20 38
5 Everton 21 +9 36
6 Arsenal 20 +18 34
7 West Brom 21 +2 33
8 Liverpool 21 +8 31
9 Swansea 21 +5 29
10 Stoke 21 +1 29

The race for the Premier League Golden Boot
Robin van Persie (Manchester Utd) 16
Luis Suarez (Liverpool) 15
Demba Ba (all for Newcastle) 13
Michu (Swansea) 13
Jermain Defoe (Tottemham) 10


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CHELSEA TV EXCLUSIVE: TERRY FEELING FINE

John Terry spoke to Chelsea TV following the channel’s live coverage of the Under-21 fixture at home to Fulham.

The club captain started as one of the permitted over-age players and came through the first half of the win, his return from injury.

A clip of his interview can be viewed here, with the full interview availiable now via the channel’s online access, where there are also highlights of the match.