Stoke City v Chelsea

Stoke City will be hoping to capitalise on their opponents' dismal form when they host Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

The Blues are enduring their worse start to a league season in the Premier League era and are currently languishing down in 15th position.

Jose Mourinho's men have already lost six games, while they have drawn two and won just three. Chelsea have also won just one game in their last five league outings.

Stoke, though, have not fared much better and are just one spot, and two points, better off than their weekend opposition in the league standings.

The Potters appeared to have revived their season with a run of three successive Premier League wins, but have since slumped to a defeat to Watford and were lucky to draw 0-0 with Newcastle last time out.

On the team front, Stoke defender Geoff Cameron is available again after missing the last two games with a thigh strain.

Phil Bardlsey can also make his return following a one-game suspension, but Marco van Ginkel is ineligible to face his parent club.

For Chelsea, Mourinho will be boosted by the news that Pedro is fit again and could come into the reckoning for a start.

Defender Branislav Ivanovic is also in contention having returned to training this week after recovering from a hamstring strain.

Mourinho himself, though, will not be at the ground as he serves a one-match stadium ban for his behaviour towards the referee in Chelsea's defeat to West Ham last month.

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