Chelsea’s recent form has seen them re-emerge as title contenders with nine games of their Premier League campaign still to play.
The Blues have played eight league games since their loss to Wolves on January 5th, winning seven and drawing one.
As such, they are joint-top of the form table alongside Everton and Liverpool with 13 points accrued from their last six games and are priced at 5/1 to defend their Premier League crown.
However, on Saturday (April 2nd) they will come up against a Stoke side undefeated at home in 2011, with the Potters having won six of their last eight matches at the Britannia Stadium.
Their last home run-out saw Newcastle crushed 4-0, with the three points gained moving Tony Pulis’ men above the Magpies into tenth place.
Even so, Chelsea remain 3/5 favourites to win the game, not least because they have a 100 per cent record against Stoke in the Premier League.
Indeed, the Potters have not beaten the Blues since a 6-2 League Cup triumph in October 1974.
With this in mind, a successful £10 bet on Chelsea to beat Stoke 2-0 at bwin would return £67.50.
The identity of any scorer for Chelsea will largely hinge on manager Carlo Ancelotti’s team selection, with the Italian having adopted a rotation policy since the arrival of Fernando Torres at Stamford Bridge in January.
Torres started with Salomon Kalou in Chelsea’s last league game against Manchester City, with Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba used as substitutes.
With Kalou having picked up a knock while on international duty, Ancelotti is likely to ring the changes once more and Drogba is in line for a return to the side.
The Ivorian scored against Stoke at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season and is priced at 4/1 to open the scoring at the Britannia.
A £10 stake on Didier Drogba to score the first goal of the match would return £50. New customers can register here to receive a £25 free bet.