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  1. Chelsea XI: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Baba, Matic, Mikel, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Traore.
  2. Stoke XI: Butland, Cameron, Wollscheid, Muniesa, Pieters, Whelan, Imbula, Shaqiri, Afellay, Arnautovic, Diouf.

Live Reporting

By Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME - Chelsea 1-1 Stoke

Game over - Stoke get a deserved draw, they almost won it.

Bojan almost wins it for Stoke after some great play by Giannelli Imbula but Thibaut Courtois saves the Spaniard's effort.


Four minutes left for someone to find a winner.


Marko Arnautovic comes off for Stephen Ireland in Stoke's midfield as we approach injury time.  

Chelsea defender Baba Rahman wants to be the hero and shoots from 25 yards but it's tipped wide by Jack Butland. And from the corner Oscar misses a chance.


That's Mame Biram Diouf's last touch of the game - he's replaced by Joselu. Boss Mark Hughes had been just about to make that change anyway!

GOAL - Chelsea 1-1 Stoke

Mame Biram Diouf

Stoke are level and it's probably deserved. Xherdan Shaqiri's cross is punched clear by Thibaut Courtois, who should be doing better there, and Mame Biram Diouf heads it into an unguarded net.

Mame Biram Diouf scores for Stoke

Stoke are having plenty of the ball - in fact they've had 52% of possession in this game - but they aren't getting their final passes right around the box.


Chelsea bring on Cesc Fabregas for Nemanja Matic in midfield. No Alexandre Pato debut today then.

Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has a chance to score his first Premier League goal but his effort is blocked by Stoke keeper Jack Butland at his near post.

Stoke defender Erik Pieters brings down Oscar clumsily and lazily and referee Mark Clattenburg wants a chat. I suspect that's a final warning as he'd already been booked.

Bojan is straight in the action, chesting a ball over the top before firing wide. Unfortunately he was just offside.

You don't really see that kind of play as much from Glenn Whelan...


Now this is what you call an attacking change for Stoke. Off comes recently booked holding midfielder Glenn Whelan and on comes forward Bojan.

Willian takes the free-kick but he forgets to get a curl on it and it's wide of the far post.


Stoke midfielder Glenn Whelan pulls Ruben Loftus-Cheek down to the ground, it was almost like wrestling, and he's booked. 

Chelsea playmaker Oscar goes down under limited pressure from Marc Muniesa but the appeals for a penalty were negligible.

Stoke trickster Marko Arnautovic bursts in from the left, nutmegging Cesar Azpilicueta on the way but his shot from inside the box is blocked by Gary Cahill.


Chelsea bring off their goalscorer Bertrand Traore for a more recognised striker - Loic Remy. 

Alexandre Pato is still waiting on the bench for a first game in European football in over three years.

Bertrand Traore

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Solly: Chelsea go past 40 points. Looks like they'll avoid relegation then.

Loftus-Cheek is playing the more advanced in one of the tallest Chelsea midfields ever, with Mikel and Matic deeper. #CFCLive

I wonder if Opta do stats on Chelsea's tallest midfields.

Nigel Johnson

Stoke City Commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

The increase of pace of Xherdan Shaqiri unlocked the Chelsea defence. He moved up a gear, got to the left of the D, drilled his drive to Courtois' left, and credit to the goalkeeper.


Eden Hazard comes off for Chelsea - maybe with the Champions League game against Paris St-Germain in mind. England Under-21 midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek - who signed a new five-year deal this week - replaces him. 

Gary Cahill gets into the box, does a step over, turns around and fires a shot at Jack Butland. Probably the most skill we've seen from the centre-back since he scored a bicycle kick many years ago.

A brilliant save from Thibaut Courtois keeps Chelsea level. Xherdan Shaqiri gets the ball 20 yards from goal and bursts into life, he runs across the box and his effort which is back across goal is tipped wide by the Chelsea keeper.

And now Stoke keeper Jack Butland denies Willian at the other end.

A bit of a lull in the game at the moment, not much has happened to report. Marko Arnautovic turns Cesar Azpilicueta but Gary Cahill gets across to get the ball off the big man.


Stoke defender Erik Pieters gets himself a one-way ticket to book-town with a late sliding tackle on Oscar.

Willian plays it to Eden Hazard, who turns one way and the other to lose his marker but then his powerful effort is across goal and out for a goal-kick.

Stoke forward Marko Arnautovic has a go from 25 yards which is punched away by Thibaut Courtois (despite being straight at him) and Geoff Cameron heads over the rebound. Decent start to the second half from Stoke.

Stoke midfielder Giannelli Imbula goes on a surging run but his ball over the top to Mame Biram Diouf is over-hit.

Giannelli Imbula


The second half has begun.

A fantastic tribute to Peter Osgood just before kick-off. One of our greatest ever players. #KingOfStamfordBridge

A fantastic tribute to Peter Osgood just before kick-off. One of our greatest ever players. #KingOfStamfordBridge

Players are coming back out onto the pitch. We're almost ready to go.

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Chiemezie Onwubalili: Traore, a new striker is born.What a goal.

LIMP: Why Diouf is starting ahead of Joselu I have no idea 

Donald: Great to see academy players appearing on the EPL score sheets. The future is indeed great. Good one by Bertrand Traore.

A goal all of his own making

Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

Bertrand Traore

There didn't look to be much on when Bertrand Traore received the ball from Nemanja Matic, but he caught the Stoke defence unaware with his snapshot. 

HALF-TIME - Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

Ready to get giddy, Chelsea fans? As things stand you're seventh in the Premier League table. It's half-time.


And now two more minutes of stoppage time.


Oscar comes in with a poorly timed sliding tackle on Stoke midfielder Giannelli Imbula and goes into the book. Seconds until the break.

5-1 - In the three games that Bertrand Traore has scored in for Chelsea before today, the Blues have won 5-1. Repeat?

Bertrand Traore celebrates
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Willian gets the ball in what I'll now call Bertrand Traore territory but his shot is well wide. Stoke on the rocks a bit here.