Stoke City v Chelsea Preview – Torres okay, Sturridge out….Shame!

Chelsea face Stoke in their opening game of the season tomorrow and it is vital that the Blues carry on their excellent winning run from pre-season to give a message of intent to our rivals.

Arsenal face a potential banana skin at Newcastle this evening and it could be that Liverpool head the table in the morning if they beat Sunderland at Anfield.

I was secretly hoping that Torres would still be concussed for todays game as I wanted Sturridge to be given a chance, but it seems that the £50m flop has recovered, and Sturridge is suspended!

Perhaps Romelu Lukaku will get a cameo debut from the bench is Chelsea have a good lead at some point….

The bad news is that David Luiz definitely won’t play and Ivanovich is also a doubt, and of course we won’t be seeing Michael Essien play for some time either.

Squad: Cech, Ivanovic, Bosingwa, Ferreira, Terry, Alex, Cole, Bertrand, Mikel, McEachran, Lampard, Ramires, Benayoun, Malouda, Drogba, Anelka, Kalou, Lukaku, Hilario, Turnbull.

I would feel a lot better if Luiz was in the team and Ferreira was back in Portugal, but I am really looking forward to seeing how Villas-Boas sets out his team to beat a resilient Stoke City…..

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  1. nzenwa2 says

    i thought torres is fit,y nt in d list.or can lukaku play without being officially announced. I dnt understand d article.

  2. arthur says

    torres a flop? U must be outta mind

    1. Richard says

      one goal in 18 games arthur. Hardly been a sucess so far, but he still has time to prove the doubters wrong

  3. philemon says

    It was said that “Chelsea were yet to sign lukaku” if that is true then why is been included in the team….

  4. The article is crap.. says

    I dont see how chelsea will do this game. Im not expecting much tho..

  5. believer in torres and cfc says

    Please get your facts right!!! Lukaku wont be on the bench as he hasn’t signed yet,give Nando a chance,he will be back to his best.Where do you get your info from? The beano? As for Alex going for 7.5m ha ha thats a joke!!! Why do you publish such negative rubbish,you sound like a man u or pool fan!!!

    1. Richard says

      . It has been in the news over the past fortnight that Alex is wanted by Juventus!

  6. Nzube says

    If Torres can’t play, make sure u fixture Lukaku.

  7. Alan Frank says

    What an idiotic post. ‘Ferreira was back in Portugal’. ‘Torres would still be concussed for todays game’. You write a football post and yet know sweet FA about football. Ferreira has played some of his best football for the club under AVB on our Asian tour and Torres has worked his socks off since his summer break. Did you see his goal versus Villa in the recent final in Asia?

  8. Ford says

    These writer is a fool 4 calling torres a flop. Torres wil soon prove u doubters wrong. Lukaku wil nt b in the squad yet.

  9. Choice joel says

    In evritin u do in lyf someone must critise u.people critising TORRES are just giving him confidence and he will overcome it in a shortwhile.

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