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Summary

  1. Chelsea chasing record 13th straight win in a single season
  2. Blues have 10 clean sheets in past 12 matches

Live Reporting

By Saj Chowdhury

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Chelsea 4-2 Stoke

The Blues equal the top-flight record of 13 consecutive wins in a single season, emulating Preston North End and Sunderland in 1891-92, and Arsenal in 2001-02.

What a thriller it was at Stamford Bridge!

STOPPAGE TIME

Chelsea 4-2 Stoke

Three minutes of it.

Eden Hazard almost finds Lee Grant far left corner, but he doesn't.

GOAL - Chelsea 4-2 Stoke

Diego Costa

He's finally got the goal he deserves.

The Spain striker picks up Charlie Adam's wayward attempted defensive header in the area.

He outmuscles Bruno Martins Indi and fires an angled shot past Lee Grant.

Diego Costa has been truly brilliant today.

Diego Costa
Reuters

SO CLOSE FOR STOKE!

Chelsea 3-2 Stoke

Glen Johnson, rampant down the right, plays a delivery into the area intended for Peter Crouch, but Cesar Azpilicueta gets a foot to it just before the tall striker can net his second.

Crouch would have put that away, surely.

How will this one end?

Nathaniel Chalobah comes on for Blues' goal-hero (at the moment) Willian.  

Chelsea 3-2 Stoke

...who gives it away to Willian.

The double-goalscorer sprays it to the other wing where Eden Hazard is.

The Belgian then feeds Diego Costa, who with just the keeper to beat fires his shot over the bar.

The Spain forward deserves a goal today.

Chelsea 3-2 Stoke

Corner for Stoke.

Crouch is there, of course.

SUBSTITUTIONS

Chelsea 3-2 Stoke

Nemanja Matic comes on for the excellent Cesc Fabregas.

Two assists fantasy fans.

'Chelsea encapsulate Conte's spirit'

Chelsea 3-2 Stoke

Trevor Sinclair

Ex-Man City & West Ham winger on Final Score

So disappointing for Stoke after Crouch's goal.

To react like that from Chelsea encapsulates everything that Antonio Conte's management is about. That never-say-die spirit.

What an excellent reaction from Willian, who I think was their best player last season.

Thibaut Courtois
Reuters

'Chelsea seem to be able to turn it on'

Chelsea 3-2 Stoke

Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger at Stamford Bridge for 5 live Sport

Stoke have worked so, so hard. They have always kept chasing, and at no stage have they ever looked like giving up. 

But it's extraordinary how Chelsea seem to be able to turn it on just when they need to turn it on. After the second Stoke equaliser, Chelsea suddenly opted to step it up by a couple of gears. Hazard took on a few players then Willian had it laid on a plate for him.

Nothing now would be a surprise in this game, even Stoke scoring again.

GOAL - Chelsea 3-2 Stoke

Willian

How many seconds?

Cesc Fabregas plays in Willian on the right of the area. The Brazilian wallops his angled shot past keeper Lee Grant - who I expect is probably sick of seeing the ball up close.

The Blues back in front.

I've been here before this season. This finishes 5-4 doesn't it?

Willian scores
Reuters

GOAL - Chelsea 2-2 Stoke

Peter Crouch

Peter Crouch had not scored in the league since May 2015.

He has now, obviously.

Chelsea's defence make a mess of things on the edge of the area. The newly-arrived Bojan plays in Mame Biram Diouf on the right whose square pass in finished off high into the net by the former England striker..

Peter Crouch
Reuters

SUBSTITUTIONS

Chelsea 2-1 Stoke

Stoke's Bojan and Giannelli Imbula come on for Xherdan Shaqiri and Ibrahim Afellay.

Seconds later Diego Costa has a pop from 20 yards.

'Genius, 10/10'

Chelsea 2-1 Stoke

Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger at Stamford Bridge for 5 live Sport

The ball laid back by Eden Hazard was genius, 10/10. It was such deftness of touch. That is an exceptional team goal.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte
Reuters

GOAL - Chelsea 2-1 Stoke

Willian

They don't do that panic thing do they?

Victor Moses twists and turns in the area before playing the ball to Eden Hazard whose one-touch lay-off finds Willian who arrows his shot past Lee Grant.

A simple yet brilliant move.

Chelsea 1-1 Stoke

Diego Costa is a such a beautiful player to watch in full flight.

His lovely reverse flick on the right finds Eden Hazard whose low square ball is a cut out again by Stoke.

Chelsea 1-1 Stoke

Chelsea seek a swift response.

A Blues free-kick comes off the head of Charlie Adam.

The resulting corner is cleared but eventually Willian picks up the ball and fires a low angled drive that narrowly drifts past Lee Grant's right-hand upright.

Moments later, Lee Grant dives low to cut out Diego Costa's square ball.

'Deft finish from Martins Indi'

Chelsea 1-1 Stoke

Trevor Sinclair

Ex-Man City & West Ham winger on Final Score

Bruno Martins Indi did brilliantly to open his ankle up - if I did that I'd end up in A&E because it'd snap!

Bruno Martins Indi
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'Courtois could have come for that'

Chelsea 1-1 Stoke

Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger at Stamford Bridge for 5 live Sport

The most likely way Stoke were going to score was going to be a good delivery, probably something from Charlie Adam. 

I think Courtois could have come for that but he didn't, and now the visitors are level. And you know what? 1-1 if probably a fair reflection of the balance of this game.

GOAL - Chelsea 1-1 Stoke

Bruno Martins Indi

Yes, Bruno Martins Indi.

Charlie Adam floats the free-kick from the left into the area. 

Peter Crouch is there to do what Peter Crouch does best and nod the ball down into the 'danger area', finding the Dutch defender, who fires in his first for the club.

Cripes! And double cripes!

Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

Stoke win an early free-kick on the left after Cesar Azpilicueta trips Charlie Adam...

KICK-OFF

Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

Chelsea get us back under way - 45 and a bit minutes from a record equalling 13 league wins on the trot.

HALF-TIME

Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

Grab a cuppa.

STOPPAGE TIME

Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

One minute of it.

Mame Biram Diouf, who's been in the wars, heads Marcos Alonso's boot and wins a free-kick.

Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

Free-kick to Stoke after David Luiz clatters into Mame Biram Diouf from the Blues free-kick.

The sort of challenge that would have made an ordinary player throw up their lunch.

Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

Another Chelsea free-kick just outside the box.

I won't build this one up.

Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

Costa.

Over the bar.

Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

Chelsea.

Free-kick.

Central.

25 yards out.

'Diego Costa is always a handful'

Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

Alex Bruce

Hull City defender on Final Score

Diego Costa of Chelsea
Reuters

Ryan Shawcross was bullied at the corner by both Gary Cahill and Diego Costa. To be fair, I have played against Costa and he's always a handful isn't he? You knew you'd hobble off the pitch at the end of the game with a cut or a kick to the ankle. 

To be fair though, this season he seems to have curbed that side of his game. I expect that's thanks to the influence of Antonio Conte.

Cahill shows the hunger

Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

Trevor Sinclair

Ex-Man City & West Ham winger on Final Score

I'm looking at Shawcross and thinking 'do you fancy that or not?'

Gary Cahill shows more hunger to win the ball and he gets his reward.

Gary Cahill
Reuters

'Stoke took their eye off the ball'

Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger at Stamford Bridge for 5 live Sport

The stunning thing about this is that four corners in a row prior to that one, Chelsea didn't play the ball directly in. Come the fifth corner and Stoke took their eye off the ball. 

Once Gary Cahill met it the goal was never in doubt.

Gary Cahill
Reuters

GOAL - Chelsea 1-0 Stoke

Gary Cahill

It was coming.

Gary Cahill thunders in a header from Cesc Fabregas's left-wing corner. 1-0.

Moments earlier, Diego Costa brought down David Luiz's long raking ball brilliantly but instead of firing a shot tried to head a bouncing ball past the on-rushing Lee Grant.

Hazard then picked up the loose ball and smashed a shot into Grant.

It seems that lady luck was with Potters keeper...  it then deserted him.

Gary Cahill
Getty Images

Chelsea 0-0 Stoke

Stoke players are not letting Chelsea players settle on the ball. Blues player possession time must be about half a second.

Chelsea's Willian goes down under a challenge about four yards from the area but ref Bobby Madley waves play on. Hmmm...

Chelsea 0-0 Stoke

Charlie Adam takes it and finds Xherdan Shaqiri with a 'training ground move' low cut-back, but the Swiss player fires over.

Moments later, Adam heads across the goal from Shaqiri's corner.

Hey, let someone else have a go you two.

Anyway, Stoke don't look like they'll lose 3-0.

YELLOW CARD

Chelsea 0-0 Stoke

Victor Moses is shown a yellow by Bobby Madley for pulling back Erik Pieters.

Free-kick on the left and near the byeline....

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David Luiz of Chelsea
AP

Jay: What has me completely baffled is how come we haven't yet seen a clanger of biblical proportions from David Luiz this season.

There's plenty of time yet, Jay.

GREAT-ISH SAVE!

Chelsea 0-0 Stoke

This time Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill gets his head to a delivery which forces Lee Grant into making a great diving save to his left.

The Potters keeper has been a busy bee of late.

Matter of time though?

GREAT SAVE - I THINK!

Chelsea 0-0 Stoke

A lovely ball is sprayed from right to left for striker Diego Costa who leaves Mame Biram Diouf stuck in the mud with a great sidestep.

He then fires a vicious shot which thunders off Lee Grant, bounces off Bruno Martins Indi then arrives safely in the arms of keeper.

It would have been an OG if Grant was positioned elsewhere.

Diego Costa
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Chelsea 0-0 Stoke

Chelsea are doing that thing of stringing passes together near the edge of the area and looking imperious. How annoying!

Anyway, Stoke are defending well... but hang on...

'Stoke do not look fearful'

Chelsea 0-0 Stoke

Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger at Stamford Bridge for 5 live Sport

Mark Hughes, Stoke manager
Reuters

I have to say, I am very impressed with the way Stoke have approached this game. They have not parked the bus and instead are open and going for it with a really impressive tempo. 

A good performance so far from Mark Hughes's men, who do not look fearful and instead are having a right good go.

Chelsea 0-0 Stoke

But it's fizzed in low. Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta manages to get a toe in to prevent Bruno Martins Indi from poking in.

The Potters have been a big threat so far.