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Summary

  1. Terry header & scuffed Fabregas shot
  2. Chelsea enjoy three-point Christmas lead
  3. Stoke 13th with 19 points

Live Reporting

By Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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  1. Happy Christmas

    That's a wrap. Chelsea have won the race to be top of the Premier League tree at Christmas. But do they have the quality to stay there until May? There's still a long way to go and no doubt many more twists and turns before the destiny of the title is decided once and for all. We're back on Friday with all the action from a packed Boxing Day football programme. Have a great Christmas Day!

  2. Manager reaction

    Stoke City 0-2 Chelsea

    Stoke City manager Mark Hughes to Sky Sports: "We were frustrated to concede so early on. That's what you want to avoid. But to be honest I think we gave it a real go. We got on the ball, asked questions of them and we gave a good account of ourselves. We had to commit, the onus was on us to get back in the game. Before their second goal I thought we had them under pressure. All in all we've had a go against the team that many feel will win the league this season."

  3. Manager reaction

    Stoke City 0-2 Chelsea

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho to BBC Sport: "These victories mean more than three points, to win and get three points the players need the right spirit and mentality, to win here they must be a really very good team with the capacity to adapt to Stoke's style of play.

    "At that time [when Phil Bardsley tackled Eden Hazard] I felt the tackle was a bad one but if it was a bad one it was the only one. If the referee decided not to give a red and lost control of the game it is a problem but he kept control and we reacted well. At the end of the day it was a fair game, a typical English winter game.

    "Now we have to focus on the three matches we still have until the end of this period. Playing against Big Sam is a hard job for us, we have to cope with it. The three point lead we have is a little advantage, it is a little pillow we have to protect us - we go home happy and pleased with what we did."

  4. Clarke Carlisle in hospital

    Breaking news elsewhere in football and former Professional Footballers' Association chairman Clarke Carlisle is in hospital after being involved in a serious road accident on Monday. More on this developing story on the BBC Sport website.

  5. What next for Stoke?

    Stoke City 0-2 Chelsea

    Stoke could have climbed above Liverpool, Everton and Aston Villa into 10th in the table with a win over Chelsea. Instead they enter the festive programme 13th. Their next game is Everton away on 26 December followed by West Brom at home on 28 December.

  6. Post update

    Stoke City 0-2 Chelsea

    Independent chief football writer Sam Wallace: Diego Costa booed by every home stand at the Britannia. Which, you imagine, is just the way he likes it.

    Times chief football correspondent Oliver Kay: Very good team performance from Chelsea at Stoke tonight. Matic was particularly impressive, but there was no hint of a weak link anywhere.

  7. Player reaction

    Stoke City 0-2 Chelsea

    John Terry celebrates at full-time

    Chelsea skipper John Terry on Sky Sports: "It is a very tough place to come but the goal early on gave us a platform to build on and from then on we were in control of the whole game. Man City have come from nowhere and the good teams around us can put a run of games together. So it was an important win for us tonight. We are taking it game by game.

    "Matic has been different class, he breaks the play up and goes on those bursts as well. He sits there, wins every header and tackle. He has been a revelation for us this season. This team needs to go on and win trophies but we are building the right foundations.

    "It is important to look after myself and remain fit. We have a great squad, I am fit and playing well and I am delighted at the moment."

  8. Post update

    Stoke City 0-2 Chelsea

    Conor McNamara

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator at the Britannia Stadium

    "Diego Costa: 12 Premier League goals. Cesc Fabregas 12 Premier League assists. Chelsea have spent a lot, but unlike some others you could mention, they've spent it very well."

  9. Post update

    Stoke City 0-2 Chelsea

    Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

    "Chelsea put their stall out very early and got the goal. Stoke were very poor. They had a decent 15 minutes but that was it. Very poor. Mourinho can start Drogba and play him for an hour with Costa on the bench over this busy period. You've got Oscar and Schurrle, who came off the bench tonight, and Filipe Luis - so there's a lot of options there."

  10. Post update

    Stoke City 0-2 Chelsea

    So, what next for Jose Mourinho's men? It's a London derby when West Ham United visit Stamford Bridge on 26 December before an away game at Southampton 48 hours later.

  11. Post update

    Stoke City 0-2 Chelsea

    Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

    "You can't bully this Chelsea team. Teams that win trophies can play all forms of football and they battled with Stoke tonight."

  12. Post update

    Stoke City 0-2 Chelsea

    Premier League table

    This is the fourth time Chelsea have been top of the Premier League at Christmas. On the previous three occasions - 2004, 2005 and 2009 - the Blues went on to win the title.

  13. Post update

    Stoke City 0-2 Chelsea

    Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

    On Chelsea's chances of winning the quadruple...

    "Chelsea haven't really suffered injuries like Manchester City have, they've got two difficult games in the Champions League home and away - they've got to play Liverpool home and away (in the Capital One Cup). There's a long way to go and it's very difficult.

    "Chelsea have been very good but Stoke haven't just thrown in the towel, they've stuck at it. Chelsea look very fresh, I know people keep saying he's playing the same team but they do look fresh."

  14. FULL-TIME

    Stoke City 0-2 Chelsea

    John Terry celebrates at full-time

    Bojan flashes a chance just wide. And it's all over. Chelsea are three points clear at the top of the Premier League at Christmas.

  15. Post update

    Stoke City 0-2 Chelsea

    Oussama Assaidi wins a late, late Stoke corner but Chelsea's defending is good as it has been most of the night.

  16. SUBSTITUTION

    Stoke City 0-2 Chelsea

    Eden Hazard has had a tremendous game but his evening ends in discomfort as he is replaced by Kurt Zouma after receiving treatment for Jonathan Walters' yellow-card challenge.

  17. YELLOW CARD

    Stoke City 0-2 Chelsea

    Clumsy by Jonathan Walters as the Stoke man is booked after catching Eden Hazard's left heel. It's a booking for the Stoke man. Five minutes of added time.

  18. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Karl Bristow: May as well hand Chelsea the title now if home teams put in such tame, lacklustre efforts. Stoke play good football now? Pah!

    Sean: If Costa can 'look after himself' why does he whinge like a baby to the ref EVERY game after he dives on the floor?

    Mike Hall: Cesc Fabregas to Mark Hughes (probably): This is still not Barcelona football!

  19. Post update

    Stoke City 0-2 Chelsea

    Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

    Diego Costa of Chelsea is held by Marc Muniesa

    "Chelsea have done what they've need to and been by far the better side. Their weight of passing and movement has been excellent."

  20. Post update

    Stoke City 0-2 Chelsea

    Didier Drogba wants a goal. The ball lands at his feet 30 yards out and he has only one thought. Unfortunately for Drogba and Chelsea, his effort comfortably clears the Stoke bar.

  21. Post update

    Stoke City 0-2 Chelsea

    Decent chance for for Stoke but Thibault Cortois makes a superb low save to deny Oussama Assaidi. Suddenly, end to end.

  22. SUBSTITUTION

    Stoke City 0-2 Chelsea

    That's the end of Diego Costa's night. He walks off, replaced by Didier Drogba. Costa has been very busy. The king of niggle tonight, a bad-tempered battle with the Stoke back line.

  23. Post update

    Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

    "Chelsea really should have scored there. That was a great chance for Diego Costa."

  24. Post update

    Stoke City 0-2 Chelsea

    Huge chance for Chelsea to gift wrap these three points. Andre Schurrle lays off to Diego Costa, but Asmir Begovic saves low down.

  25. SUBSTITUTION

    Stoke City 0-2 Chelsea

    Stoke react to falling further behind by sending on Oussama Assaidi. He scored a dramatic winner in the corresponding fixture last season. He's not going to do that tonight.

  26. Post update

    Stoke City 0-2 Chelsea

    Cesc Fabregas celebrates on his knees

    'Jingle Bells' rings out among Chelsea's fans. Cesc Fabregas so often the provider of goals has one for himself.

  27. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Rian Hoskins: Well done Fabregas. The second goal we needed. He'll get the headlines for the goal and assist but Matic has been magnificent.

    Sho: Really happy that Fabregas found a club that doesn't hold him back (Arsenal), or use him as a scapegoat (Barca).

    Jared Maobe: Special players are required in special circumstances.

  28. SUBSTITUTION

    Stoke City 0-2 Chelsea

    Willian off, Andre Schurrle on. Jose Mourinho looking very relaxed now on the sidelines.

  29. Post update

    Stoke City 0-2 Chelsea

    Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

    Cesc Fabregas scores

    "Well that's game over. Fabregas will be glad that went in the net because it wasn't the contact he wanted. Fabregas goes to volley it but he scuffs the shot and it trickles in."

  30. GOAL

    Stoke City 0-2 Chelsea - Cesc Fabregas

    Cesc Fabregas celebrates

    Game over. Stoke had been showing signs of getting back into this when Cesc Fabregas collects the ball in the area, his shot into the ground catches Asmir Begovic wrong footed as the ball squirms into the far corner. Scruffy. Lucky. Mis-hit. Chelsea don't care. They're heading for the Christmas No 1 slot.

  31. Post update

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    Neat move involving Charlie Adam and Phil Bardsley results in a chance for Marko Arnautovic but his attempt is horrible. Mark Hughes gets out of his seat and claps in encouragement. I'm sure he is muttering something under his breath about Arnautovic.

  32. Post update

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

    "It was good pressure high up the field, Stoke are asking questions. Charlie Adam has added something they did not have until he came on - he gets on the ball and tries to pass it. He can create something. Chelsea should have scored more than one goal, they've dominated throughout. They should have two or three."

  33. CLOSE!

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    This game isn't over! Substitute Charlie Adam has a clear sight of goal after Steven Nzonzi rolls the ball across the edge of the penalty area but Adam's first-time shots flashes agonisingly wide. Suddenly Stoke's tails are up.

  34. Post update

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    Into the last 20 minutes. Should the score stay like this then it will be Chelsea's fifth clean sheet in six Premier League games. That's the form of champions.

  35. Text us on 81111

    Lisa, nervous and stressed Chelsea fan: This is driving me crazy. There is no point to dominate a game if you don't penetrate . Can see Stoke getting an equaliser when we could have pushed on and put this to bed.

  36. SUBSTITUTION

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    The clock is ticking and Charlie Adam enters the action. The game has gone flat but Chelsea don't care. They're well in control of this. Stoke need inspiration. And quickly.

  37. Post update

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

    "Stoke had that spell in the first-half for 15 minutes but Chelsea have been in total control throughout.

    "Stoke just aren't getting any pressure on the ball and Chelsea are getting the ball in the wide areas where Hazard can just attack with ease."

  38. SUBSTITUTION

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    Peter Crouch leaves the field

    Peter Crouch hasn't had the best of nights. The Stoke forward will complain about the service but his evening is finished. Mame Biram Diouf is on.

  39. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    It all goes a little Rudyard Kipling here....

    Conor McMeekin: If John Obi Mikel is a starting player in a team that wins the league then I really worry for football. He is horrendously bad.

    Joseph Pickering: If Stoke can just refine their passing a bit, they've got a very good chance of snatching an equaliser.

  40. Post update

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    Marc Muniesa brings down Nemanja Matic 30-yards from goal and Willian's deflected effort fizzes narrowly wide. Crises of 'Diego' from Chelsea's travelling fans as Costa takes his place in the box but the corner comes to nothing.

  41. Post update

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

    "I think it is time for substitutions for Stoke, time to liven it up. At the minute you just can't see Stoke scoring a goal.

    "Sometimes it has not been so much good play by Chelsea, it's been bad play from Stoke. They've just been giving Chelsea the ball."

  42. Post update

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    Nemanja Matic has had a fine night in a blue shirt. But the Serbian midfielder takes a wild swing at the ball on the edge of the area which almost finds the corner flag. Not one of his finest moments.

  43. Post update

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

    "I think Bojan is the player most likely to make something happen in the second-half (for Stoke)."

    "Stoke just haven't had enough quality in the final third, their play has been too slow and they have not kept possession well enough. It's very easy for Chelsea, who they look so dangerous on the break."

  44. Post update

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    Wow, Phil Bardsley must be dizzy. Brilliant play by Eden Hazard as he teases and torments Stoke's Bardsley inside the area before teeing up Cesc Fabregas, whose weak flick is stopped by Asmir Begovic.

  45. YELLOW CARD

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    2-0 to Stoke in yellow cards. Stoke's Erik Pieters is booked for tugging at Diego Costa's shirt after a wrestling match between the pair. All rough and tumble.

  46. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Diego Costa

    objectivekritic: Loving how Costa is standing up to those Stoke's defenders. Suffice to say, he is made for these kind of games.

    Yinka Akinloye: Fabregas notching up 12 assists for the season, looks primed to surpass a certain Thierry who has 20.

    Sean: Would love to see Mourinho's face if bardsley hit an equaliser.

  47. Post update

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

    "Chelsea are sharper at the moment, but the passing by stoke is so poor. They are not putting enough on it."

  48. Post update

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    Stoke City: Today's attendance is 27,550 (2,871 @chelseafc supporters) - the highest attendance at the Brit since 13 May 2012.

  49. Post update

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    Cesc Fabregas appeals for a penalty after being clipped by Ryan Shawcross. The referee isn't interested but TV replays show Stoke got lucky. There was no offside and Shawcross did not get the ball.

  50. Text us on 81111

    John in London: Stoke chasing shadows, seems like their only hope is from a set piece as they are creating nothing.

    Matt Page, M25: De Gea makes all the stunning fingertip saves, but can anyone recall a mistake Courtois has made this season?

    Jon, in Woking: De Gea has indeed been the better keeper this season...but he's had to be. What position would Utd be in if he hadn't been as superb? He's rescued many games for them.

  51. Post update

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    The last 45 minutes of Premier League football before Christmas. And Stoke are on the back foot as Marc Muniesa's poor back pass forces Asmir Begovic to put the ball out.

  52. Post update

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

    "Stoke need to play higher, they are frightened to come out because Chelsea can catch them on the counter attack. Cameron is not a creative player and his passing has been poor tonight."

  53. KICK-OFF

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    And we're back under way.

  54. Post update

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    First-half stats from the Britannia Stadium

    More possession, more shots - and crucially - one more goal. The only goal. The one thing that matters most.

  55. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Jake Mathieson: Matic is arguably on of the best in the world in terms of interceptions, tackles, headers and all.

    Dan Eastment: As a Liverpool fan my last chance of glory this season is in the fantasy league. Need big halves from Costa, Cesc & Ivanovic!

    Tom Jenkinson: It's rare to see a keeper tower over Crouch in quite the way Courtois has so far in this match.

    Footyographer: Costa hasn't had any protection from the referee. He has been repeatedly fouled.

  56. Post update

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    Other

    Chelsea have enjoyed plenty of possession as the graph illustrates. Yet Stoke will still fancy their chances with only one goal in it.

  57. Napoli win Italian Super Cup

    Napoli brought an end to Juventus's recent dominance in the Italian Super Cup with a dramatic sudden-death penalty shoot-out win in Doha.

    Goalkeeper Rafael was the Napoli hero, saving Simone Padoin's effort after Kalidou Koulibaly had scored in the eighth set of spot-kicks.

    In normal time, Carlos Tevez put Juve ahead before Gonzalo Higuain levelled. Tevez's second looked to have won the game but Higuain struck again to set up the thrilling finish.

  58. Text us on 81111

    Tom Crisp: What a pleasure it must be for Fabregas to go away to Stoke and have the strength of Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry and Matic around him rather than his old Arsenal colleagues.

    Shaun in Dronfield: Courtois is a good keeper but he's no De Gea. He's been by far the best in the Premier League this season.

  59. Post update

    Half-time: Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

    "It's ideal for Chelsea. Once they get in front, they know how to see a game through. They're happy to sit in and defend. It's hard for Stoke. You're playing a good side here. Every time they pressed and lost the ball there was a danger of the counter-attack. Chelsea have been very professional. Mark Hughes has got to try and get some pressure on this Chelsea back four."

  60. Post update

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    Premier League table

    So far so good for Chelsea. As it stands they are going to be three points clear at the top of the table at Christmas.

  61. HALF-TIME

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    Ryan Shawcross has his work cut out keeping Diego Costa quiet but the Stoke defender is doing a decent job so far. Another hard challenge prevents the Chelsea forward getting a shot away. Costa ends the half on his backside after another tangle with Shawcross. You get the feeling there's more fireworks to come from these two.

  62. Post update

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    Three minutes of added time. Jonathan Walters whips a fine cross into the Chelsea penalty area but there isn't a red and white shirt in sight. The story of Stoke's half.

  63. Post update

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

    "Stoke should take Geoff Cameron off at half-time. He's not a midfielder. He's in there doing a job. I'd get Glenn Whelan or Charlie Adam on - someone who can pass it around."

  64. Post update

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    Mark Hughes

    Mark Hughes is going to have to ruffle a few feathers at the interval. This has been too easy for the Premier League leaders who should really be further ahead.

  65. Post update

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

    "Forty minutes gone and Chelsea are now in control of this match. Stoke have come off the pace and Chelsea are passing it around with ease."

  66. Post update

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    Another delicious Eden Hazard pass almost sets up another chance for Diego Costa. Chelsea pushing to kill the game off before the interval.

  67. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    David McQueen: Not sure it's safe to say Courtois is the best. Close between him, De Gea and Mignolet.

    Andy Howarth: If Chelsea players dive one week how is the ref to know when they are not diving?

    Zakir Hossain: Ref is the best Stoke defender so far in this game.

  68. Post update

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    It's all gone a bit flat. Chelsea remain on the front foot but Eden Hazard sportingly puts the ball out so Phil Bardsley can receive treatment. The debate whether Bardsley should even be on the pitch is bound to rage long after the final whistle.

  69. Post update

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    Diego Costa started the day with 12 goals in 13 Premier League games. It should be 13 in 14. He would have tucked that home with his eyes closed earlier this season.

  70. CLOSE!

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    Deigo Costa shoots wide

    Chelsea are well in control. Stoke fans try to rally their team with a rendition of Delilah. It doesn't work. Eden Hazard is having a cracking game and he sends Diego Costa clean through. At first he looks to be offside but replays show he has timed his run brilliantly.

    It should be 2-0 but the striker rolls a glorious chance wide. That's a bad miss.

  71. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Tom Sharpe: If you can hit the referee on that pitch you deserve your attack to break down, the whole pitch to aim at and you pick the ref.

    Ruaridh Williams: Instead of criticising Neil Swarbrick here, we need to feel sorry for him. He's essentially been assigned a rugby match.

    dennis waithera: Safe to say @Thibaut_courtouis is The Best premier league goalkeeper

  72. Post update

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

    "Stoke have responded well to going behind. They've upped the tempo and asked questions of Chelsea. But they've got to be careful not to get carried away by the crowd. They need to show some composure."

  73. Post update

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    I don't think Neil Swarbrick is going to get a Christmas card off Jose Mourinho. Having infuriated the Chelsea boss by letting Stoke's Phil Bardsley off with a caution, the referee gets in the way of a quick Chelsea counter-attack. Mourinho is furious. If looks could kill...

  74. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    David Morris: That was a horrendously late and malicious tackle by Bardsley, knew exactly what he was doing. Should be off.

    James Cox: People saying Stoke are keeling over and dying - I think not. This is one feisty cold night at Stoke..

    Wills Ejike Chinekwe: Come on Phil Bardsley that's a stupid foul to commit, that should have being a straight red.

  75. Post update

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    Neil Swarbrick reacts

    Neil Swarbrick needs to get a grip on this. The referee is clearly in a charitable mood having let Phil Bardsley off. Even before that incident tempers were bubbling between Ryan Shawcross and Diego Costa. Will this finish 11 v 11? Not at this rate.

  76. GREAT SAVE!

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    Stoke suddenly find some attacking zest and are so, so close to equalising when Steven Nzonzi's low long-range strike takes a deflection off John Terry and forces a brilliant one-handed low save by Thibault Courtois down to his left. Super stop.

  77. Post update

    Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

    "You can see what Bardsley is trying to do. He's lucky to get a yellow card - that could easily have been a red."

  78. YELLOW CARD

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    Phil Bardsley fouls Eden Hazard

    Happy Christmas! Phil Bardsley is lucky to escape with a yellow card after a Sunday League tackle that flattens Eden Hazard. Jose Mourinho is livid on the touchline. This is getting ugly.

  79. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Grendel: Can I please point out that it's unseasonably warm in Stoke tonight.

    Andrew Murdy: Stoke may play better football these days but leopards don't change their spots, they are still a dirty team

    Y2J: Typical Arsenal fans crying Chelsea are better than Arsenal by a mile

  80. Post update

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

    "Stoke are trying to press the Chelsea but the problem you have with that is the counter-attack. Chelsea have a lot of quality and pace."

  81. Post update

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    Corner to Stoke but it's all too easy for Thibaut Courtois as he plucks Bojan's flag kick from the air. Stoke have to do better than this. Courtois is yet to be tested on his return from injury.

  82. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Any way back for Stoke here? Or is the early opening goal by Chelsea curtains for Stoke?

    Tweet #bbcfootball, post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page or text 81111 (UK only).

  83. Post update

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    Diego Costa receives treatment

    That looks painful! Diego Costa challenges for a header but ends up flat on his back after being flattened by Ryan Shawcross. The Spanish forward needs treatment before he can continue. He's back on his feet but there's pain etched across his face.

  84. Post update

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

    "Stoke are very compact. When they do get possession they all want it to feet. It's very easy for Chelsea. The only one upfield is Peter Crouch, who is not going to run in behind. The two wide players are playing too deep and they can't get it up the field."

  85. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    scotty: Why didn't Stoke roll over for Arsenal like this? Typical

    Paul Harris: Another reason to dislike Stoke. Start blisteringly against Arsenal, but lay down and die against Chelsea.

    SJ.Chowdhury: Terry can hack it on a 'Cold Monday night in Stoke' that's for sure!

    Ricky: Wow. That's a good way to start against this Stoke side.

  86. Post update

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    Stoke just haven't got going. The team that raced into a 3-0 lead against Arsenal the last time they played at the Britannia Stadium are struggling. Peter Crouch and Jonathan Walters can't keep possession long enough to cause any problems.

  87. Post update

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    John Terry celebrates

    The goal, by the way, was John Terry's first in the Premier League since he scored against Fulham on 1 December 2013. Priceless.

  88. Post update

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    Lovely movement deep inside the Stoke half between Eden Hazard and Diego Costa ends with the latter firing tamely wide. Stoke have to score three times now to deny the Blues top spot at Christmas.

  89. Post update

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea

    Jose Mourinho looks on

    There was little reaction from Jose Mourinho when John Terry planted his header into the corner of the net. The Chelsea boss still isn't smiling on the touchline but he could not have wished for a better start. Stoke are shell-shocked. The crowd has gone very quiet. Just what Jose wanted.

  90. Stoke City 0 Chelsea 1

    Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

    "It was far too easy. You've got to keep your eye on the ball. We know Stoke like to be touch-tight but you've got to look at the ball and know where it is. You wouldn't think Stoke would concede from set-pieces."

  91. GOAL

    Stoke City 0-1 Chelsea - John Terry

    John Terry scores

    What a start by Chelsea. Branislav Ivanovic wins an early corner when his 20-yard shot is deflected behind and from the resulting kick, John Terry nods the visitors ahead. Chelsea mean business. Stoke boss Mark Hughes will not be pleased with the defending.

    The corner was delivered by Cesc Fabregas - his 12th assist of the season.

  92. KICK-OFF

    Stoke City 0-0 Chelsea

    Mark Hughes and Jose Mourinho shake hands pr-match

    Chelsea, wearing their home strip, get us under way.

  93. Post update

    Stoke City v Chelsea (20:00 GMT)

    "Santa believes in Stoke" flashes the message on the electronic scoreboard at the Britannia Stadium as both teams emerge from the tunnel to a huge roar. There isn't a spare seat in the house. The locals can smell blood.

  94. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    We've been asking what you want Santa to bring your football club this year?

    Matthew Turner: Dear Santa - please let Cowdenbeath beat Hearts tomorrow night so that Rangers can claw back some of the gap in the league.

    Sam Harden: Macclesfield Town to stay in second and get promoted back to the Football League.

    Craig Barrass: Quite simple really at Newcastle, a real number 9.

    Harry Clark: All I want for Xmas is Fifa to get their act together and make football about football again!

    Thanks very much for your input on this one. We'll let you focus on the game now...

  95. Jose Mourinho pre-match quotes

    Stoke City v Chelsea (20:00 GMT)

    Jose Mourinho

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on Sky Sports: "The atmosphere does not score goals. I like to play in big atmospheres. But if it is hostile then it is beautiful for the game."

    Jose doesn't look happy. Very short answers to questions from TV in the tunnel. Does he sense a surprise?

  96. LINE-UPS

    Stoke City v Chelsea (20:00 GMT)

    Stoke: Begovic, Bardsley, Shawcross, Muniesa, Pieters, Cameron, Nzonzi, Walters, Bojan, Arnautovic, Crouch. Subs: Huth, Whelan, Wilson, Adam, Diouf, Butland, Assaidi.

    Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Matic, Mikel, Fabregas, Willian, Costa, Hazard. Subs: Cech, Luis, Zouma, Ake, Oscar, Drogba, Schurrle.

    Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)

  97. The nearly men

    Robbie Keane

    Liverpool are still waiting to win their first title of the Premier League era yet they have topped the table at Christmas on three occasions - 1996, 2008 and 2013. The first two times Manchester United were crowned champions despite being seven points behind their north west rivals on 25 December.

  98. TEN MINUTES TO KICK-OFF

    Stoke City v Chelsea (20:00 GMT)

    There's more Santa hats in the crowd than Stoke City head gear. Wizzard's I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday blasting out. Ten minutes to kick-off.

  99. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    What do you want Santa to bring your football club this year?

    SRA: All I want is for Kwesi Appiah's loan to Cambridge United to be extended.

    Michael Massey: Nottingham Forest need stability. Some fans getting on Stuart Pearce's back already, but we've seen too many come and go in a short time.

    Steven Broadbent: Everton need a fast winger like Gerard Deulofeu, a defensive centre to replace Distin and a midfielder to chip with goals.

    Nigel Dobbie: Dear Santa/Satan, willing to sell my soul to the highest bidder for a decent centre back or two for Arsenal.

  100. Post update

    Stoke City v Chelsea (20:00 GMT)

    Conor McNamara

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator at the Britannia Stadium

    Britannia Stadium

    "Lights, Microphones, Action... Ready to go for Stoke v Chelsea commentary on @bbc5live. #BBCfootball."

  101. Chelsea quadruple?

    Stoke City v Chelsea (20:00 GMT)

    Top of the Premier League table, through to the last-16 in the Champions League, Capital One Cup semi-finalists and an FA Cup third round home tie against Watford on the horizon. Talk of an unprecedented Chelsea quadruple is growing and Stoke boss Mark Hughes has done nothing to quieten the chatter.

    "Nobody else has done it yet but they've got the potential to do it," Hughes, who won FA Cup, League Cup and Cup Winners' Cup medals as a player at Stamford Bridge, said. "The talk of winning every trophy, maybe in-house they believe that themselves. It wouldn't surprise me if they did."

  102. Text us on 81111

    Jon, despairing in a library, Cambridge: Re. 19:26 What a nice reminder to us Leeds fans just how far we've fallen.

    Cheer up Jon - don't you know it's Christmas!

  103. Mark Hughes pre-match quotes

    Stoke City v Chelsea (20:00 GMT)

    Bojan Krkic

    Stoke boss Mark Hughes on Sky Sports: "Bojan is a big part of what we are doing at the moment and if we can get him in key areas he can have a big impact for us. We've done really well - we had an exceptional first 60-70 minutes against Arsenal and we need to replicate that because Chelsea are the more accomplished side in most people's opinions at the moment. But we play well against the top sides and I expect that again."

  104. Post update

    Stoke City v Chelsea (20:00 GMT)

    Chelsea

    Three times Chelsea have topped the table at Christmas in the Premier League era. Three times they have gone on to win the title. The first two occasions were in 2004 and 2005 when Jose Mourinho was in his first spell in charge. The third time was during Carlo Ancelotti's reign in 2009.

  105. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Ho! Ho! ho! 'Tis the season for giving and all that, but what gift would you like to see poking out 'neath your club's Christmas tree this year? Keep your suggestions flowing in like eggnog.

    Michael Louw: I'd like Santa to give Tottenham's Harry Kane a striker to play with. Soldado and Adebayor are definitely on his naughty list.

    Ikechukwu Nlemadim: Dear Santa, remove the injury scourge that has plagued us all season, provide a world class defender and fourth place for Manchester United.

    Gareth Rosser: Cardiff City back in the Premier League and back in blue please Santa.

    Stuart Wood: Promotion to the Conference for Stockport County. Or a time machine back to the 90s.

  106. Italian Super Cup

    Juventus 1-1 Napoli - extra time being played

    Napoli boss Rafa Benitez

    The crowd in Doha are going to be treated to an extra 30 minutes as the Italian Super Cup goes to extra time. Carlos Tevez gave Juventus the lead in the first half before Gonzalo Huguain equalised for Rafael Benitez's Napoli to send the game beyond 90 minutes.

  107. Sing when you're winning

    Stoke City v Chelsea (20:00 GMT)

    Chelsea fans

    We all love a good Christmas sing-a-long. Whether it's the boss pretending to be Shane MacGowan or Kirsty MacColl when Fairytale of New York is on the jukebox at the works party or dad getting carried away when Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas is on the car radio, we just can't help ourselves.

    Chelsea fans love to sing too and have come top in a poll of funniest festive chants with a rhyme about Jose Mourinho to Let It Snow. "Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the goals are so delightful, Stamford Bridge is the place to go, Mourinho! Mourinho! Mourinho!"

    Will Chelsea's fans be belting it out at the Britannia Stadium later?

  108. Text us on 81111

    What do you want Santa to bring your football club this year?

    Tom, London: To Wardy at 18.58. I feel your pain. I'd give anything to see my beloved Stockport County back in the Football League. I fear not even Santa could manage that though...

    Mark in Lancashire: What do we want from Santa Hughes? A convincing three points for Stoke of course!

    Kevin from Stortford: As a Sunderland fan I would like another away fixture at St James' Park.

  109. When Leeds were No 1 at Christmas

    Leeds United

    Westlife's I Have A Dream was top of the singles chart at Christmas in 1999, and Leeds United fans were certainly dreaming of winning the title after waking up on 25 December with their team two points clear at the summit. Yet by the end of the season David O'Leary's side had fallen to third place and were 22 points adrift of champions Manchester United, their title dream in tatters.

  110. Post update

    Stoke City v Chelsea (20:00 GMT)

    Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

    "Eden Hazard and people like that are on form. Confidence is high. We know what Stoke are about, they'll be very competitive. But this Chelsea side, if you want to fight them, they'll fight you. If you want to play football, they'll play football."

  111. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Your ideas for what your club needs delivered down the chimney this Christmas have been flying in. Please keep them coming.

    Chioma Uzoma: Dear Santa, I've been good all year:) please grant for my team Chelsea a delicious win tonight...& the trophy later on!

    Rakaan Al-Huneidi: Liverpool to keep the same starting 11 for more than one game! Consistency to build some confidence!

    Mr jolly: Arsenal need a world-class defensive midfielder and defender plus another utility defender.

    Kieran Davey: Hopefully Daniel Sturridge will start scoring when fit but Liverpool urgently need a defensive midfielder and goalkeeper.

  112. Blue Monday?

    Stoke City v Chelsea (20:00 GMT)

    Other
  113. Team news

    Stoke City v Chelsea (20:00 GMT)

    Filipe Luis and Oscar both left out

    There's two changes for Stoke with Marc Muniesa starting in defence ahead of Marc Wilson, while Marko Arnautovic gets the nod ahead of Mame Biram Diouf.

    Stoke XI: Begovic, Bardsley, Shawcross, Muniesa, Pieters, Cameron, Nzonzi, Walters, Bojan, Arnautovic, Crouch.

    Visitors Chelsea make three alterations from the win over Hull, with Thibaut Courtois returning in goal in place of Petr Cech, Cesc Fabregas back in midfield and Cesar Azpilicueta restored to defence. Oscar starts on the bench.

    Chelsea XI: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Matic, Mikel, Fabregas, Willian, Costa, Hazard.

  114. Post update

    Stoke City v Chelsea (20:00 GMT)

    Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

    "I was at Newcastle when they defeated Chelsea. Teams will have noted that, how to play on the counter against Chelsea. When you are the team everyone is talking about you have to be able to go out there and perform, whether that is winning ugly or pretty. If Stoke get a draw tonight everyone will be patting them on the back."

  115. Breaking Chelsea team news

    Stoke City v Chelsea (20:00 GMT)

    Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois returns to the Chelsea side after missing the last two games with a muscular injury. Petr Cech drops to the substitutes bench.

  116. Getting shirty

    Stoke City v Chelsea (20:00 GMT)

    Stoke v Chelsea

    Will Stoke's Oussama Assaidi repeat his celebration if he scores another winner against Chelsea? The Morocco international, who is a substitute tonight, whipped off his shirt after scoring a superb late goal to clinch a 3-2 victory the last time Jose Mourinho's side visited the Britannia Stadium in the Premier League. "I don't feel comfortable enough to tell you what I think about the game. We're in trouble," said Mourinho afterwards. "I don't organise my teams to be like this."

  117. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Your ideas for what your club needs delivered down the chimney this Christmas have been flying in. Please keep them coming.

    Max Heinemann: Hoping Santa brings Chelsea level heads and sharp studs so this title run doesn't slip.

    N/A: As a former Hereford United fan, just having a football club to support this Christmas would have done.

    Owen Martin: All I want for Christmas is a settled back four at Man Utd.

  118. Italian Super Cup

    Juventus 1-1 Napoli

    Napoli's Christian Maggio (right) heads the ball while being challenged by Juventus's Paul Pogba

    It is all about the Argentine strikers in Doha today. Carlos Tevez's opener for Juventus has been cancelled out by a header from Gonzalo Higuain for Napoli. The Italian Super Cup is all-square at 1-1. Game on with 20 minutes to go.

  119. Post update

    Stoke City v Chelsea (20:00 GMT)

    Conor McNamara

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator at the Britannia Stadium

    "Only one defeat in 25 games this season, Chelsea have scored 60 goals in those 25 outings, but can Mourinho's men do it on a cold Monday night in Stoke? Actually, the Monday part is significant. Stoke haven't lost any of their last six Premier League games played on a Monday.

    "If Stoke were to win this game 1-0, remarkably Chelsea and Manchester City would be in a dead heat at the top of the Premier League for Christmas. Both teams would have the exact same figure in every column across the table of played, won, drawn, lost, for, against, goal difference and points."

  120. When Newcastle topped the tree

    Kevin Keegan

    Newcastle United have twice topped the Premier League table at Christmas. They were three points clear in 2001 yet six years earlier Kevin Keegan's side had a 10-point cushion at the summit on 25 December - and still managed to miss out to Manchester United. Keegan's "I would love it" remark from the season has been voted the most memorable in the Premier League era. The 1995 Christmas number one in the music charts? Michael Jackson's Earth Song.

  121. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    We asked you what you want Santa to bring your club this Christmas. Please keep your responses coming.

    Sam Payne: As a Chelsea fan I want to see Ruben Loftus-Cheek more! And generally more British based players. Everything else is perfect.

    SJ.Chowdhury: Three points tonight and banish that cliche of "Can Hazard & Chelsea win on a cold December Monday night at Stoke."

    Stuart Hutchison: Partick Thistle need discipline for Christmas, too many goals and 9 points dropped in the last 5 minutes of games this season!

    Wardy: For Christmas I would like Grimsby to buy a goalscorer so we can get to League 2 and I can finally play with them on FIFA 16.

  122. Jeers for Mourinho

    Stoke City v Chelsea (20:00 GMT)

    It appears Jose Mourinho is as popular as Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger in these parts. The Chelsea manager was greeted with a chorus of jeers - from Stoke fans, of course - as he made his way from the team coach into the Britannia Stadium. John Terry emerges from the team coach wearing a huge pair of navy blue headphones. An early Christmas present for the Blues skipper?

  123. Italian Super Cup

    Juventus 1-0 Napoli

    Juventus fans in Doha's Jassim Bin Hamad stadium
    Image caption: The Italian Super Cup is being held in Doha for the first time

    The second half has just got under way in the Italian Super Cup between Juventus and Napoli in Doha, yes Doha. The fixture has previously been held in both the USA and China but this is the first time that Qatar have had the honour. One goal separates the teams and it came in just the fifth minute, courtesy of Juventus striker Carlos Tevez.

  124. Radio, radio

    Stoke City v Chelsea (20:00 GMT)

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Newcastle, Tottenham and England midfielder Chris Waddle is at the Britannia Stadium for BBC Radio 5 live along with commentator Conor McNamara. Build-up starts at 19:00 GMT with full match commentary at 20:00 GMT. Click on the 'Live coverage' tab above.

  125. When Norwich were Christmas table-toppers

    Norwich City fans

    Ten times out of 22 the leaders of the Premier League at Christmas have gone on to clinch the title. Anyone remember Norwich being top on 25 December?

    The year is 1992. Whitney Houston is flying high at the top of the music charts with I Will Always Love You and the Premier League is just four months old. Norwich City, managed by Mike Walker, are four points clear at the top of the table at Christmas despite suffering a 2-0 home defeat by bitter rivals Ipswich Town. The Canaries would eventually go on to finish third, five points behind title winners Manchester United.

  126. Text us on 81111

    We asked what your football club needs for Christmas. A new manager? An away win? Do tell us.

    Gavin from Barnsley: I think Jose will be looking at investing in another striker in the transfer window and he would be foolish not to invest in one......

  127. Happy Mondays

    Stoke City v Chelsea (20:00 GMT)

    Stoke City
  128. Can Chelsea keep their cool?

    Stoke City v Chelsea (20:00 GMT)

    It's Baltic, there's a strong wind swirling around the Britannia Stadium, the sprinklers are in full motion and a sell-out partisan crowd is filtering into the ground. Perfect ingredients for a Stoke side that has seen off Arsenal, Manchester City, Newcastle, Tottenham and Swansea City. But can Chelsea handle a cold December night in the Potteries?

  129. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    It's Christmas! Time for presents, treats and wishes. So what do you want from Santa for your team? Maybe it's a sparkling new manager, a formation that actually works or a gleaming 20-goal-a-season striker. Let me know and don't forget to give your reasons. Tweet #bbcfootball, post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page or text 81111 (UK only).

  130. Post update

    Stoke City v Chelsea (20:00 GMT)

    Daily Mirror chief football correspondent John Cross: En route to Stoke v Chelsea. Didn't think title race would be so tight but Manchester City are in top gear. Over to you, Jose... Or should that be Sparky?

  131. Top of the Premier League tree

    Stoke City v Chelsea (20:00 GMT)

    Premier League table

    So what's the big deal about being top at Christmas? After all, the campaign has not even reached the midway point. Yet recent events suggest Chelsea or Manchester City can start to think about booking an open-top bus parade in May if they are at the summit on Christmas morning. The team top on 25 December has gone on to take the prize seven times in the last decade.

  132. Race to be Christmas No 1

    Chelsea

    Norwich City and Leeds United have been there, while Newcastle United famously boasted a 10 point lead on 25 December 1995 before missing out to Manchester United. Blackburn Rovers and Aston Villa are also past winners of the race to be top of the Premier League tree on Christmas Day.

    But ahead of the final top-flight match before Santa rides into town, the 2014 Christmas No 1 spot remains undecided. Anything but a defeat by two goals or more would leave Chelsea at the summit. Yet Manchester City, nine points behind the Blues on 1 November, are waiting to take over if Jose Mourinho's side mess up at Stoke City...