MARK LAWRENSON THINKS CHELSEA WILL BE TOO HOT FOR STOKE

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Chelsea welcome Stoke City to Stamford Bridge today, and BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson is backing the Blues to be too hot for Stoke to handle.

He said: “Stoke have picked up four points from their festive games so far, but I don’t think they will get much out of this one.

“The Potters are short at the back – Ryan Shawcross picked up a calf injury against Huddersfield on 26 December, Bruno Martins Indi is still out and Kurt Zouma is ineligible against his former club.

“Chelsea’s home record is very good other than their opening-day defeat by Burnley and their loss to Manchester City in September.

“Antonio Conte’s side have won their past six league games at Stamford Bridge – and I am expecting them to make it seven wins in a row on Saturday.”

Lawrenson predicted a 3-0 win for Chelsea.

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