Stoke City v Chelsea tips – Blues will be roughed up at the Brit
Jose Mourinho hoping for a strong refereeing performance against Stoke
December 22nd, 2014
Chelsea top the Premier League table on goal difference although they will be wanting to exchange presents on Christmas Day knowing that they are three points clear of Manchester City.
Unfortunately, we don’t see that happening for the visitors to the Britannia this evening, with Stoke set to upset the apple cart after recently beating Arsenal 3-2 at home.
These are the sort of fixtures in which the Potters excel, largely because a fiercesome crowd at the Britannia Stadium get behind them and the team love to bring the sides down a notch or two.
Mourinho’s side are a best price 8/13 to land the three points, with the Chelsea boss admitting that he has frustrated players hoping for a chance to feature although no guarantees have been made to the likes of Ramires and Felipe Luis.
He also wants a strong refereeing performance from Neil Swarbrick tonight.
“With a good referee that can understand what is aggressivity, or when the aggression finishes and the rules of the game start, this will be no problem at all,” said Mourinho.
“We need a good referee, yes. A good, experienced referee who can understand exactly that. What happens in both boxes in this kind of match needs important decisions: what is aggressivity, and what goes beyond the rules of the game. That is important.
“I speak with Courtois and we prepare him, but the referee is there, and the referee has to know what is allowed and what is not allowed, according to the rules of the game. And the rules of the game are the same everywhere. So it should be no problem.
“I know it’s difficult for every team to play this kind of match [at Stoke], and we are no exception. But, again, I’m not worried. The referee is there exactly to judge what is aggression, and welcome aggression – the pure one – makes the game much more beautiful. He’s there to referee, not me.”
Stoke and Draw on Double Chance @ 6/4 with BetVictor
1-1 Correct Score @ 8/1 with BetVictor