Stoke City Archive

Chelsea in for Begovic – Butland to Stoke?

Chelsea are trying to reach an agreement with Stoke City for goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, with the deal appearing to be reliant on Stoke’s capture of Jack Butland. Chelsea had a bid accepted for the young England keeper yesterday, only for Butland to refuse talks with the club. The 19 year-old now appears key to the

Benitez feels improvement despite hostilities

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez has claimed his team has improved under his guidance, despite the hostile reception he continues to receive at Stamford Bridge. The Blues have been in better form away from home of late, and one reason for this could be the Benitez effect, with many Chelsea fans opposed to the current manager

Chelsea four-some in ruining Stoke’s home record

Chelsea scored 4 goals in their 4-0 demolition of Stoke City today, giving the hosts their first home loss since February of last year. Chelsea have to thank Stoke’s Jonathan Walters for their first two goals, with two defensive headers beating Begovic in the hosts goal on the stroke of half time, and then again

Stoke City v Chelsea FC – Preview and predictions

Chelsea take on Stoke City at the Britannia today, which in my opinion should be called ‘Fort Britannia’. Stoke are one of the most organised units in the Premier League, and are yet to lose at home so far this season. We will be hoping to change that. Chelsea are likely to be boosted by

John Terry makes provisional squad for Stoke match

John Terry this week made his return to action, in the Chelsea U21’s match against Fulham, and is set to make the squad for Saturday’s tough Premier League tie against Stoke City. Terry has been sidelined since Chelsea played Liverpool on November 11, when he clashed with Luis Suarez, with a knee injury. JT had

Chelsea captain John terry in contention for Stoke tie claims Benitez

Rafa Benitez has declared that John Terry could make his long-awaited return in Saturday’s Premier League tie with Stoke City. The Chelsea captain has resumed full training following a lengthy injury received in the Chelsea-Liverpool Premier League match on November 11. Benitez said: “The good news is John Terry is back in training and we’re

Premiership teams are fighting over Lukaku loan move

Romelu Lukaku’s lack of playing time for Chelsea has not been ignored by other Premier League teams, and now the interest for a possible loan move on the player became a top priority for some. Everton’s boss David Moyes wants to snatch the 19-year-old in January for a short-term loan until the end of the

Stoke v Man Utd extended highlights

Stoke City haven’t beaten Manchester United for 26 years, but they must have had high hopes of changing that record yesterday with the Wayne Rooney saga seemingly affecting Alex Ferguson’s team. But Man United returned to their usual tactic of scoring the winner in the dying minutes of the game, and the new young Mexican

Man Utd v Stoke extended highlights – Rooney limps off as United hit four

Man Utd knew that they could only win against Stoke City, and desperately hope that Wigan could get a result at Stamford Bridge (as if!). It was a forlorn hope of course, as Chelsea were already 2-0 up before Fletcher got the first goal for United. Giggs made it two before half-time, but celebrations were

Ancelotti – Ivanovic can replace Terry, and Ashley Cole is ready to play

Carlo Ancelotti is a bit short of defenders for tomorrows game against Stoke City, and he will pick his first Chelsea team that hasn’t got his captain John Terry on the teamsheet, for the first time since his arrival at Stamford Bridge, but he thinks that he has got an able deputy in Branislav Ivanovich.