Stoke v Chelsea – Potters to pile more misery on Mourinho?

Chelsea will be go in search of only their fourth league win of the season when they travel to the Britannia stadium to face Stoke this evening.

The London outfit have lost their last two league games, going down to West Ham and Liverpool however they ended a four game winless run midweek with a narrow 2-1 Champions league win over Dynamo Kiev midweek.

Willian has been one of the few shining lights for Chelsea this season. The Brazilian midfielder popped up with the winner midweek against the Ukraine side to keep the club on target for the knock-out stages.

The win could prove to be a catalyst for an upturn in form and according to the attacking midfielder the club are back on the up.

Willian told the club’s official website: “Confidence is coming for us and the results are coming as well.

“We have to keep going and keep fighting on the pitch. We lost some games and it’s been difficult for us but we are trying to play better. We know we have to improve more and keep going in the same way.”

Willian has scored five goals this season for the Blues and is fast becoming the first name on the team sheet for Jose Mourinho. The under-pressure coach will be somewhat out of the limelight this weekend as he serves a one match stadium ban.

Mourinho has cut an isolated and despondent figure this season so far and with 6 defeats in 11 league games already it is easy to see why.

The Blues lost to Stoke in the Capital One Cup last month and will be keen to get a result as they look to build on their Champions league win. The club will be without Thibaut Courtois (knee), Branislav Ivanovic (hamstring) and Radamel Falcao (muscle) however Pedro is set to return.

Stoke meanwhile will be missing defender Marc Muniesa (hamstring) while Shay Given (knee) is also out.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.