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Chelsea will continue to be without David Luiz when they host a Stoke side with injury problems of their own on Saturday. 

Luiz is expected to return from a knee injury in next week's FA Cup clash against Norwich but, as a gruelling schedule continues. 

Blues boss Antonio Conte has hinted at unenforced changes to afford some players rest.

Chelsea vs Stoke: Premier League prediction, TV, live streaming, start time, team news, line-ups

Chelsea will have their sights set on leapfrogging Manchester United into second spot after beating Brighton on Boxing Day.

The Blues closed the gap to United to just one point as Jose Mourinho's men dropped two points at home to this season's surprise package Burnley.

And Antonio Conte's Blues will hope to make further ground when they welcome a struggling Stoke side on Saturday.  

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Start time

Chelsea host Stoke at Stamford Bridge with kick-off scheduled for 3pm on Saturday, December 30.

TV and online coverage

The match will be not be televised live on TV in the UK. You can follow all the build-up and action from 2pm with New Gersy blog.

Team News

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While Conte has revealed Luiz is "close" to a full recovery, neither he nor Charly Musonda (groin) are expected to feature until next weekend.

The Premier League's most porous defence - one that has leaked 41 goals in 20 games - will likely be without Ryan Shawcross, Bruno Martins Indi and Kurt Zouma at Stamford Bridge.

Shawcross (calf) was forced off in Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Huddersfield and is out for at least two weeks, while Martins Indi (groin) is sidelined for a similar period.

Zouma is ineligible against his parent club, while Glen Johnson (knee) is also unavailable, but full-back Erik Pieters could feature.

Andreas Christensen could return to the Chelsea side against Stoke after missing the win over Brighton with illness.

Club captain Gary Cahill deputised for Christensen, but could drop to the bench while David Luiz remains sidelines with a knee injury. 

Stoke are in the midst of a defensive crisis, with Mark Hughes set to be missing three centre-backs.

Mark Hughes is facing something of a defensive crisis after Ryan Shawcross was forced off in Stoke's 1-1 draw with Huddersfield on Boxing Day.

The Potters are also without Bruno Martins Indi, while Kurt Zouma will be unavailable against his parent club. 

Hughes said: “We might be able to get Erik Pieters back at the weekend. That will be touch and go. Bruno’s probably another two-and-a-half weeks away.”

Predicted line-ups

Chelsea starting XI: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Pedro, Hazard; Morata

Stoke starting XI: Butland, Edwards, Wimmer, Cameron, Pieters, Fletcher, Allen, Shaqiri, Diouf, Choupo Moting, Crouch

More Details:

Chelsea VS Stoke City
Stamford Bridge
3pm on Saturday
30 Dec. 2017
Premier League

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