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Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Matthew Upson gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata from the left by-line, clearance by Ryan Shotton.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Shawcross by Didier Drogba. Ryan Shawcross takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ramires by Robert Huth. Free kick taken by David Luiz.
David Luiz is ruled offside. Asmir Begovic takes the indirect free kick.
Ramires fouled by Dean Whitehead, the ref awards a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Juan Mata.
Daniel Sturridge produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
Shot from just outside the box by Cameron Jerome misses to the right of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wilson Palacios by Ramires. Dean Whitehead delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, save by Petr Cech.
Didier Drogba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cameron Jerome. Dean Whitehead restarts play with the free kick.
Effort from long range by Andy Wilkinson goes wide left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Didier Drogba on Andy Wilkinson. Direct free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Effort on goal by Jonathan Walters from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Salomon Kalou concedes a free kick for a foul on Wilson Palacios. Direct free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Dean Whitehead.
Frank Lampard takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
Didier Drogba finds the net with a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Chelsea 1-0 Stoke.Assist on the goal came from Juan Mata.
Daniel Sturridge comes on in place of Mikel.
Corner taken by Juan Mata, clearance made by Andy Wilkinson.
Foul by Matthew Upson on Frank Lampard, free kick awarded. Strike comes in from Didier Drogba from the free kick, save made by Asmir Begovic.
Shot by Ashley Cole from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
Corner from right by-line taken by Juan Mata.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata from the right by-line, Cameron Jerome manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Ashley Cole by Ryan Shotton results in a free kick. John Terry restarts play with the free kick.
Cameron Jerome replaces Kenwyne Jones.
John Terry produces a right-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.
The ball is crossed by Juan Mata, Robert Huth makes a clearance.
Corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata, save made by Asmir Begovic.
David Luiz takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
Wilson Palacios takes a shot. John Terry manages to make a clearance.
Dean Whitehead takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Didier Drogba manages to make a clearance.
David Luiz gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters. Dean Whitehead restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Didier Drogba by Ryan Shawcross results in a free kick. Salomon Kalou takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Juan Mata.
Unfair challenge on Ashley Cole by Ryan Shotton results in a free kick. Frank Lampard takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Mikel by Ryan Shotton results in a free kick. Ashley Cole restarts play with the free kick.
Wilson Palacios joins the action as a substitute, replacing Salif Diao. Marc Wilson goes off and Matthew Upson comes on.
Frank Lampard takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic.
Foul by Ashley Cole on Ryan Shotton, free kick awarded. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
Juan Mata gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
Marc Wilson challenges Ramires unfairly and gives away a free kick. Juan Mata crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save by Asmir Begovic.
Foul by Ryan Shawcross on Didier Drogba, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Frank Lampard.
The offside flag is raised against Ramires. Asmir Begovic takes the indirect free kick.
David Luiz joins the action as a substitute, replacing Branislav Ivanovic.
Gary Cahill concedes a free kick for a foul on Kenwyne Jones. Dean Whitehead takes the free kick.
Branislav Ivanovic takes a shot.
Ramires takes a shot. Blocked by Salif Diao.
The ball is delivered by Frank Lampard, clearance made by Ryan Shawcross.
Frank Lampard decides to take a short corner.
Marc Wilson concedes a free kick for a foul on Ramires. Marc Wilson goes into the book. Direct free kick taken by Mikel.
Dean Whitehead fouled by Mikel, the ref awards a free kick. Raul Meireles goes off and Juan Mata comes on. Direct free kick taken by Dean Whitehead.
Branislav Ivanovic takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.
Frank Lampard produces a right-footed effort from long distance that goes harmlessly over the bar.
Corner taken by Frank Lampard from the right by-line, John Terry takes a shot.
Corner taken by Frank Lampard.
Raul Meireles has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.
Unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic by Ricardo Fuller results in a free kick. Ricardo Fuller receives a red card. Direct free kick taken by Petr Cech.
Foul by Ricardo Fuller on Branislav Ivanovic, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Frank Lampard, Kenwyne Jones manages to make a clearance.
Mikel concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Walters. Mikel booked. Marc Wilson takes the free kick.
Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Gary Cahill gets a block in. Effort from deep inside the area by Jonathan Walters misses to the right of the goal.
Salif Diao concedes a free kick for a foul on Ramires. Salif Diao receives a caution. Raul Meireles restarts play with the free kick.
Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Gary Cahill gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Salomon Kalou by Andy Wilkinson. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Frank Lampard, Asmir Begovic makes a save.
Didier Drogba takes a shot. Dean Whitehead gets a block in.
Kenwyne Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on Mikel. Mikel takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Frank Lampard, clearance by Robert Huth.
Gary Cahill takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.
Robert Huth takes a shot and missed to the left of the target.
Gary Cahill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kenwyne Jones. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Shawcross.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard from the right by-line, Branislav Ivanovic produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Outswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard from the right by-line, clearance by Kenwyne Jones.
Mikel takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.
Corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard, clearance made by Kenwyne Jones.
Terry poised to return
John Terry is set for his first action since the match against Swansea on January 31 after undergoing surgery on his injured knee.
The Chelsea captain was on the bench for the midweek victory against Birmingham in the FA Cup but did not take part but has trained well this week.
Ashley Cole has recovered from the heel injury he sustained against West Brom last week and interim coach Roberto di Matteo reported a full squad available for tomorrow's visit of Stoke.
Chelsea beat Birmingham to progress to the FA Cup quarter-finals in midweek and Di Matteo revealed he had held talks with the big characters in Chelsea's dressing room, some of whom had a strained relationship with Andre Villas-Boas.
Di Matteo was confident there was a winning mood among the squad.
He said: "I feel I have everyone on-side. I have spoken individually to all of them now over the five days. It's a team effort and we needed to get everybody pulling in the right direction.
"We've spoken now and everyone is together. They all know what the task is for the last two months of the season. They're all on board."
Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson is an injury doubt.
Wilkinson hobbled off early in the 1-0 win over Norwich last weekend with a hamstring problem and was replaced by Jermaine Pennant, whose involvement will be of interest after the winger this week denied reports he had recently been fined by the Potters for two breaches of discipline.
Rory Delap missed the Norwich game - the midfielder has also been nursing a hamstring complaint - and, like Wilkinson, he will be assessed ahead of the trip to London.
Stoke may be heading for their best points haul yet in the Barclays Premier League, but for the time being manager Tony Pulis remains as focused as ever on the magical number 40.
The Potters, now in their fourth consecutive season in the top flight, are lying ninth in the table with 11 league fixtures left to play.
Currently on 36 points - 14 above the relegation zone - they are on course, at the very least, to emulate the previous three campaigns by achieving another comfortable mid-table finish, and midfielder Glenn Whelan has spoken this week about his hopes of the team achieving their highest Premier League total to date by hitting the 50-point mark.
Certainly it would seem that getting to 40, the tally generally regarded as that which guarantees safety, is not something Stoke need to worry about, and it has been widely predicted it will not even require that amount of points to stay up this term.
Nonetheless, it is the figure Pulis refuses to look beyond until it has been reached by his side.
Asked about Whelan's target, Pulis said: "We have to do what we have to do. If we get a little bit of luck - which you need at every level - then we could achieve that.
"But it is just about getting 40 points. As soon as that happens, we will look at it after that.
"We must never, ever underestimate the fact that there are always people coming up on the rails in this league and we have to make sure that we stay ahead of the game.
"Irrespective of what we do or don't do, the priority always is to stay (up).
"We had 23 years out of top-flight football and when people start getting complacent, you just have to remember that. Just being in the Premier League is fantastic for this football club."
Stoke have never beaten Chelsea in the Premier League in their seven attempts so far, but they have drawn the last two meetings and came close to claiming victory at Stamford Bridge in their first season back in the top flight.
Delap put the visitors ahead on the hour mark but they were undone by late goals from Juliano Belletti and Frank Lampard as the Blues secured a 2-1 win.
Reflecting on that 2009 contest, Pulis said: "That is one of the games that will stick with me.
"I can see Rory's goal going in - him running through and just clipping it over Petr Cech - and then I can see their two goals, Lampard hitting one and the header at the back post (by Belletti) as well, which was very disappointing for us.
"But you get over them. We will go there and hopefully the lads will perform the way they can."
Dream home debut for Di Matteo
Roberto Di Matteo says he has no friends but after a 1-0 over Stoke the Chelsea interim manager will certainly have a few more pals to call on.
Didier Drogba, who turns 34 on Sunday, celebrated the Blues' 107th anniversary with his 100th Barclays Premier League goal as Di Matteo's men finally managed to break down 10-man Stoke at Stamford Bridge.
However, Chelsea were far from convincing ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash against Napoli, despite playing almost three-quarters of the game with the advantage.
That was after Stoke forward Ricardo Fuller lost the plot, getting himself sent off for a horrible stamp on Branislav Ivanovic in his first league start since New Year's Day 2011.
That ultimately handed Chelsea victory to lift them back level on points with fourth-placed Arsenal ahead of the latter's game with Newcastle on Monday.
Di Matteo's rescue act began in earnest today after Tuesday night's FA Cup win at Birmingham, with the caretaker manager's top priority securing Champions League qualification.
The Blues, who needed a three-goal victory to reclaim fourth place, should have been ahead inside four minutes, Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross going close to back-heading an own goal and an unmarked Branislav Ivanovic powering over the recalled Frank Lampard's corner.
It was a confident start from the home side, emphasised when Gary Cahill drove forward from the back and unleashed a 10th-minute piledriver Asmir Begovic palmed behind.
Making his first league start of the season, Salif Diao earned an early booking for upending Ramires, who was then inches from glancing in Salomon Kalou's cross.
Cahill had to rescue Chelsea with a block after a slip from John Terry - who sealed his remarkable comeback from knee surgery - let in Jonathan Walters, who was then hauled back by John Obi Mikel, prompting another caution.
Fuller was lucky to escape a card for tripping Ivanovic as Stoke continued to frustrate their opponents but the forward then well and truly pressed the self-destruct button in the 25th minute.
Irked by a soft Ivanovic tackle, he inexplicably stamped on the defender's groin, earning a straight red.
Raul Meireles dragged wide when well placed on the edge of the area as Chelsea tried to make the extra man count.
They almost did just past the half-hour when Terry's downward header from Lampard's corner bouncing up on to the crossbar, the defender furious at perceived holding by Robert Huth.
Meireles' cross just cleared Drogba and Ivanovic's looping header after a one-two with Lampard almost caught out Begovic.
Di Matteo threw on Juan Mata for Meireles seven minutes from the break, immediately playing a pass that saw Marc Wilson booked for bringing down Ramires.
Lampard almost danced his way through several defenders before Ivanovic wasted a glorious 40th-minute chance, smashing against the bar after Huth's header gifted him the ball.
Ivanovic failed to emerge after the break, with David Luiz coming on at right-back.
Begovic got away with spilling an early Lampard shot before Stoke threw on Wilson Palacios and Matthew Upson for Diao and Wilson, switching to three at the back.
They remained ultra-defensive, with Chelsea lacking the guile to break them down, something that was a constant problem under Andre Villas-Boas.
Terry drilled narrowly wide from 25 yards before Stoke's final change on the hour mark, Kenwyne Jones withdrawn for Cameron Jerome.
Chelsea finally forced Begovic into a save - and a brilliant one at that - when Drogba's 66th-minute free-kick was clawed out of the top corner.
That did not stop Di Matteo sending on Daniel Sturridge for Mikel in search of a goal, ignoring Fernando Torres.
The breakthrough immediately followed, Mata's pinpoint through ball finding Drogba, whose heavy first touch drew Begovic and allowed the striker to round him and slot home his 100th Premier League goal.
Begovic failed to hold another Lampard drive as Stoke finally began to venture from their own half.
Suddenly, Chelsea were on the ropes and Andy Wilkinson even tried his luck with a 45-yard lob.
The home side were still in control but another Terry mistake seven minutes from time let in Jerome, who flashed past the post under pressure from Cahill.
Sturridge twice shot wide from the edge of the box either side of Mata's superb 30-yard free-kick clattering the upright as Chelsea eventually eased home.
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