Chelsea dropped points last weekend against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge but pundit Paul Merson is backing Chelsea to get all three points against Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium this weekend. Merson revealed he expects Chelsea to win Stoke City 3-1.
“Chelsea were poor against Arsenal – bar the Pedro chance they didn’t create much – and it just highlighted how much they miss a fully-fit Eden Hazard,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“This is a match they have to win because they cannot give the two Manchester teams any more of a head-start.
“If they lose at Stoke and City win, that’s a six-point gap in September.
“I have been disappointed in Stoke this season, the Newcastle game was a bad result. But what really gets me is they lost 2-0 to Bristol City in the Carabao Cup. That’s a joke.
“Stoke aren’t going to challenge for the league and they aren’t getting relegated.
“It’s another mid-table season. So why not go for it in the cup? It was a shocker.”