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Chelsea had made a blistering start to the season before being held by QPR in a forgettable match which was overshadowed by Anton Ferdinand's ongoing row with John Terry. They then also threw away a two-goal lead against Juventus at the beginning of their defence of the Champions League and so they will not want another slip up against Stoke. The Potters travel to West London looking to over-turn their recent history at Stamford Bridge, having lost their four Premier League matches there and in those games they have only managed to score once. Stoke's last league win at Chelsea was back in 1974.
• Chelsea have not recorded back-to-back goalless draws in Premier League matches since September 2004, when they were held by Aston Villa and then Tottenham.
• Stoke City are only the second team ever to draw their opening four Premier League matches (Crystal Palace 1992-93). No team has ever drawn their opening five games.
Roberto Di Matteo welcomes Oscar into his squad after the youngster shook off the knock picked up in the midweek Champions League draw with Juventus. Daniel Sturridge is sidelined with a hamstring problem but elsewhere the Chelsea boss has a clean bill of health.
P Cech • B Ivanovic, D Luiz, J Terry, A Cole • J Obi Mikel, F Lampard • Ramires, Oscar, E Hazard • F Torres
Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson has been banned for three matches by an FA disciplinary panel after his off-the-ball elbow on Mario Balotelli during last weekend's match against Manchester City. Wilkinson is likely to be replaced by Geoff Cameron in the starting line-up, although Ryan Shotton is also in contention. Tony Pulis is unlikely to make many more unforced changes to the side that ground out a draw against the Premier League champions, so recent signings Steven N'Zonzi and Charlie Adam are likely to keep their place in central midfield, while Matthew Etherington and Michael Owen could again be restricted to an appearance from off the bench.
A Begovic • G Cameron, R Huth, R Shawcross, M Wilson • J Walters, S N'Zonzi, G Whelan, C Adam, M Kightly • P Crouch