Chelsea v Stoke: Blues to end Potters’ cup interests in style

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Stoke may have been the last team to beat Chelsea over 90 minutes, but that was 10 games ago and before Jose Mouinrho’s side had embarked on this imperious run of six straight wins in all competitions.

After a week dominated by Juan Mata’s sensational move to Manchester United, Chelsea’s remaining players will be very keen to crack on with matters on the pitch, especially in a competition Chelsea have become synonymous with winning.

A seventh consecutive win in all competitions is priced understandably short at 1/4 and although these odds will do little to excite, it’s a solid place for punters to start.

Mark Hughes’ 10/1-rated visitors are simply terrible travellers. Stoke have only one twice on the road all season and one of those came against League One side Tranmere.

The Potters’ last three away games against top-flight opposition have resulted in defeat and worse still, they’ve conceded nine times while scoring just once.

When you throw into the equation that Chelsea have averagely scored exactly two goals per game throughout this six-game streak, the mathematicians among would-be punters should look at exploiting this with a few choice bets.

The free-scoring Blues are 13/8 to win with a -2 handicap, while the slightly more cautious could plump for the 4/6 on Chelsea (-1).

Mourinho’s in-form side bagging the rudimentary 2-3 goals looks a steal at 1/1 also, while a more ambitious punt on 4+ home strikes could pay a handsome dividend at 12/5.

With Fernando Torres ruled out for around a month, hat-trick hero Samuel Eto’o is likely to get the nod up front once more and the Cameroonian is a 3/1-shot to open the scoring.

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