Chelsea might have started off haltingly, but Antonio Conte is quickly proving to be a genius in his maiden EPL season. After shrugging off the attentions of numerous teams along the away, they are looking to maintain their lead at the top with a win over Stoke. Diego Costa and Victor Moses are having the time of their lives, and the Spaniard is not afraid to bully defences at will, getting his team on the scoresheet when it matters most. The Blues are a ruthless machine, and the tag of title contenders does not really describe their run this season.
Stoke, on the other hand, is a team emerging once again, this time not for its physicality but for its discipline and mettle. Conte and his men will be making a huge mistake should they assume that their rivals are pushover.
Expect an intense battle at both ends of the field, with the two teams boasting a set of highly physical attackers known for their doggedness.