Result Stoke City 1-0 Chelsea in Premier League 2015
Can either of these two star wingers light up the game? (photo: Jonathan Walsh/VAVEL)
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Unfortunately, that's all we've got time for this evening. I've been Oliver Emmerson, taking you through Stoke City 1-0 Chelsea. I hope you've enjoyed our commentary, and we'll see you next tomorrow for Aston Villa - Manchester City, Arsenal - Tottenham and Liverpool - Crystal Palace.

Marko Arnautovic's second half volley gave Stoke the win, and you'd say that they probably deserved it, for some exciting attacking and stout defending. Crisis? What crisis? 

It's all over at the Britannia Stadium, and Chelsea's woes go on. They remain in 16th place, just three points above the relegation zone! 13 points away from the top four too, and they've now got a monumental battle to turn their season around.

Full-time: Stoke City 1-0 Chelsea 

90+4: But the attack is cleared, and surely now the Blues have lost their chance to equalise!

90+3: Great chance for Stoke to steal another goal as they counter attack, but Arnautovic goes for glory alone instead of passing and is dispossesed. Chelsea get the ball back and head straight up the other end...

90: Four minutes of stoppage time announced! Is that enough time for the game to see a second goal? Oscar lashes a shot at goal, but Butland is equal to it.

89: Into the last minute of normal time here, Chelsea are still desperately searching for an equaliser, but Stoke are defending brilliantly. Johnson gets a booking for a poor challenge on Fabregas.

85: Chance missed again! Remy gets in behind, goes around Butland and stumbles to the ball under pressure, before shooting wide as a result. The Chelsea fans want a penalty, but there are few appeals from players, and you have to praise Remy for staying on his feet there and not cheating. Still though, he's missed a great chance as we go into the dying minutes, and it probably wasn't a penalty anyway.

81: What a chance! Backheels galore in the Stoke area as Oscar rolls it back to John Terry, who of all people backheels it to Hazard, only for his effort to be deflected wide. Final change for Stoke comes in the form of Diouf replacing Shaqiri.

78: Stoke make another change, and it's a fairly positive one. Charlie Adam off for Afellay, who did say this week that he's frustrated with his lack of game time, as he feels he can play "many positions". Today's might be central midfield, just ahead of Cameron and Whelan.

76: Remember what I said about Matic not being known for his shooting? Yeah, he's just offered another example of that, smacking the ball into at least Row T, if not Row Z, upon finding space from range. Chelsea make their last change, Remy on for Ramires.

70: Chelsea making two changes, in the hope of finding an equaliser. Fabregas and Oscar come on for Rahman and Pedro. Stoke making one change too, with Geoff Cameron on for Bojan in a very defensive substitution.

67: Off the post! Good passing from Chelsea around the edge of the Stoke area ends with the ball being worked to Pedro in the centre, but the Spaniard's curling effort rebounds off the post. It looked goalbound at first, and that will come as a hugely frustrating moment for the Blues.

66: If the right wing battle between Shaqiri and Rahman was a boxing match, the referee would have would have halted it for a t.k.o, as the Swiss international sends another dangerous cross in, which is flicked over the bar by Arnautovic.

64: Glen Johnson, who played for Chelsea once upon a time, sets himself up for a shot after cutting back onto his preferred right foot, but hammers an attempt over from 25 yards out.

59: Fairly petulant handbags between Arnautovic and Willian following an off the ball incident that involves a little pushing and shoving, but everything simmers out quickly and no bookings are awarded. Around half an hour left at the Britannia.

57: Shawcross picks up a booking, which isn't all that surprising. It's no more surprising that it comes for a foul on Diego Costa, for an arm to the face.

56: Matic sends a long range effort into the hands of Butland, mostly out of frustration. Not known for his shooting, he did score a piledriver against Everton earlier this season, and it looked like he was trying to recreate that moment there.

54: Chelsea's woes go on, as Marko Arnautovic puts Stoke ahead with a volley inside the area. The ball worked it's way across to him after the Potters attacked down the right hand side, and the winger was unmarked at the back post, sending a volley into the bottom corner. How do Chelsea react to this? 1-0 Stoke!


52: Diego Costa and Ryan Shawcross are having a few words, after nothing is given for a Shawcross tackle on the Spaniard. In fairness, the Chelsea man did go down like a sack of spuds, after recieving minimal contact. In the aftermath, it looked like Costa was indicating to Shawcross that he smelt. Keeping it classy, Diego. That's a battle to keep an eye on as the second half progresses.

50: Azpilicueta, getting a chance to play in what is actually his favoured right back role today, sends a good ball in behind for Costa, but it floats out of play for a goal kick.

45: Kick-off in the second half.

No changes for the second half, and the players are filtering out ready to get underway.

That's it for a fascinating half of football, of which Chelsea probably shaved. Both teams had chances, but some excellent stops at each end from Jack Butland and Asmir Begovic have kept the score at 0-0.

Half-time: Stoke City 0-0 Chelsea

45+2: Rahman goes into the book for a foul on Shaqiri, which isn't a surprise given the way this first half has gone down that wing.

45: Four minutes of stoppage time, due to that delay earlier in the half for Pieters' nose problem.

44: Yellow card for Glen Whelan, after he fouled Hazard. Willian whips in the free-kick, but it comes to nothing as Matic, who collected the ball, was offside.

40: Another good stop from Butland! Diego Costa looking for a return to form, gets in on goal down the right hand side of the penalty area after a good ball from Pedro, but his low shot is expertly saved by Stoke's number one. Chants of "England's number one" ring around the Britannia.

33: Walters involved again, this time at the other end, as he makes an important block from Hazard's effort inside the penalty area following a well worked short corner.

28: Xherdan Shaqiri is having an absolutely brilliant game, causing Baba Rahman all sorts of problems down the right hand side with his box of tricks. He beat him again there and whipped a good cross in for Walters, only for the Irishman to nod the ball over the bar.

27: End to end stuff here, as another chance goes just astray for Chelsea. Hazard gets down the byline and whips in a low cross, but Costa is again just a few inches from making contact with it. If only he hadn't cut his toenails last night...

22: Another great stop, this time at the other end! Brilliant half volley from Ramires saved by Butland, who tips the effort over the bar. Chelsea corner, hooked away by Stoke.

17: Great save from Begovic! The former Stoke 'keeper does extremely well to keep out Glen Johnson's effort, clawing it away from the bottom left hand corner. Still 0-0 here, but it's been a lively start to the game.

15: Chelsea have a little momentum now, as Pedro's ball in beats everyone, and Diego Costa gets inches away from tapping it at the back post. The ball just about evades him, and Stoke survive.

14: Hazard got down the left after a good pass from Rahman, and switched it to Willian. The Brazilian set up his countryman Ramires in the centre, who could only stab the ball wide.

14: Shaqiri whips in a dangerous inswinging free-kick from the right hand side, which is flicked over the bar for a corner by Zouma. It comes to nothing, and Chelsea counter...

12: After a delay of around four minutes, Pieters finally gets off the pitch, but it looks like he's going to play on.

8: Erik Pieters is down on the ground here, after taking a very nasty whack to the face from Pedro. It was accidental from the Spaniard, so he doesn't recieve punishment, unlike Pieters' nose, which could well be broken. Geoff Cameron is doing an extensive warm up.

3: Brought back into the team after being on the bench in midweek, Eden Hazard doesn't make the best start to the game, smashing an effort over after Pedro set him up from just a few yards out. The Stoke fans certainly enjoyed it, greeting him with a series of jeers.

2: Chants of "Jose Mourinho" ring around the stadium, with Chelsea fans showing support for their manager, who isn't at the game due to his stadium ban. Lots of them are wearing Mourinho masks too, so who knows, maybe Jose is here? 

1: Stoke looking to make a quick start, and almost do thanks to an audacious Shaqiri effort. Arnautovic gets down the line and whips it in for the Swiss international, who sends an acrobatic overhead kick over the crossbar.

0: Kick-off, we're underway at the Britannia Stadium!

The players are out on the pitch and are shaking hands, and will observe a minutes silence for remembrance day ahead of kick-off.

This is the final game of today's Premier League action. Full-time scores elsewhere read: Bournemouth 0-1 Newcastle United; Manchester United 2-0 West Brom; West Ham United 1-1 Everton; Norwich City 1-0 Swansea City; Sunderland 0-1 Southampton; Leicester City 2-1 Watford.

Chelsea subs: Amelia, Cahill, Mikel, Fabregas, Oscar, Kenedy, Remy.

Stoke City subs: Haugaard, Wilson, Cameron, Ireland, Afellay, Crouch, Diouf.

Chelsea XI: Begovic, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Terry, Rahman, Ramires, Matic, Willian, Hazard, Pedro, Costa.

Stoke City XI: Butland, Johnson, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Pieters, Whelan, Adam, Shaqiri, Bojan, Arnautovic, Walters.

Maybe it won't be so bad for Chelsea not to have their manager in the stadium, as they've already lost to Stoke with him this season. It came in the Capital One Cup less than two weeks ago, as the Potters saw off the Blues on penalties at the Britannia, following normal and extra time both ending 1-1.

That win relieved some pressure on the under fire Mourinho, who won't be in the stadium today, let alone on the bench. He was handed a one match stadium ban earlier this week, for a foul mouthed tirade at the officials during half-time of last month's Premier League loss to West Ham.

The Blues did regain some confidence in midweek, claiming a crucial win in the Champions League against Dynamo Kyiv. It had looked like it might be another frustrating night for Jose Mourinho's men, after Aleksander Dragovic, whose own goal had given Chelsea the lead, made it 1-1 with less than 15 minutes remaining. The game wasn't over there though, as Willian rattled home a superb free-kick to give them a 2-1 victory.

Butland will have to be on form today for his side to get something out of the game, against the struggling Premier League champions. Struggling, in the sense that they're currently 15th in the table with 11 points from as many games, and have only won one of their last five in the league. Champions, in the sense that they only won the Premier League in May, and still have a squad full to the brink of talent.

Undoubtedly Stoke's player of the season so far, Butland's saved his team in a numerous amount of games, and they'd have easily lost him last week without him. He's been rewarded with a call up to the England squad, and is in line for friendly appearances against France and Spain later this month, after making his national debut in October.

A streak of three consecutive wins, against Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Swansea City was ended by a home loss to Watford, but they recovered from that to claim a valuable away draw against Newcastle United last week. One man who was instrumental in the goalless draw was goalkeeper Jack Butland, who has been in fine form this season. 

Bottom of the table after a 2-0 away defeat to Arsenal in early September, a game which was their third league defeat in five, things were looking bleak. However, they've only lost just one in six league games since then, and have climbed to 14th in the league.

Following a fairly difficult start to their third season under Mark Hughes, which was unexpected after a fairly impressive first two season's from the Welshman, they've showed some steady recovery recently.

It'd be easy to start by focusing on the trouble and turmoil currently being paraded around Stamford Bridge, but let's begin by focusing on tonight's home side, Stoke, and their recent fortunes.

Hello there, and welcome to VAVEL UK's live minute-by-minute comentary of this evening's Barclays Premier League game between Stoke City and Chelsea. I'm Oliver Emmerson and will be guiding you through the game, after building up to it ahead of the 5:30pm kick-off at the Britannia Stadium!