Gary Cahill strikes late to send Chelsea 13pts clear at the summit


Stoke City: Grant 4, Bardsley 5, Shawcross 6, Martins Indi 7, Pieters 5, Arnautovic 6, Cameron 7, Allen 6, Ramadan 6, Walters 6, Berahino 5.

Chelsea are away to Stoke City in the Premier League on Saturday.

Costa was quickly unsettled and the home side's discipline, competitiveness, industry and ability to work up a noisy home crowd meant Chelsea knew they had been in a battle.

Hazard's superb performances have made him one of the stand-out contributors for Chelsea in a season that could end with a league and cup double.

The Blues now sit a whopping ten points clear at the top of the table and could increase their advantage to 13 points ahead of Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool all playing tomorrow. "We played two games away, against West Ham and Stoke, and to win both games is very important in this part of the season".

The "fight" Conte mentioned did not cross the line with physical confrontations, though Diego Costa typically sailed close to the wind on that front.

In the 13th minute, Stoke's pressing left Marcos Alonso open and the former Fiorentina man galloped down the left before winning a free kick in a crossing position. "We need to take 21 points for the title win".

He stated: "I think Diego is showing to be very disciplined and showed me great commitment for the team and not himself and I want this from my players". There is no live tv coverage of the game in the UK.

'We have given a good account against the champions elect'.

Only once in Premier League history have Stoke beaten the side who are top of the table.

"This win is important, honestly", he continued.

Gary Cahill scored a victor in the 87th minute to win the game 2-1 for Chelsea against Stoke City.

Antonio Conte has used every substitution possible in the Premier League this season (81/81). It's not easy at this point of the season to come here and play Stoke, a strong team also with good quality. They were made to work for their 4-2 win at Stamford Bridge at the end of a year ago and are likely to face a tough game in what is traditionally a hard place for away sides. Antonio Conte's men are even shorter odds to win the Premier League at 1/16, with Manchester City (18/1) and Tottenham (20/1) considered their main rivals.