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24 September, 2017, 00:46 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Eden Hazard had an average shot accuracy of 55 per cent in the Premier League last season

Add to that Pedro's sending off in the Community Shield and it's a worrying stat for Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.

But his performance against Forest confirmed he is fully fit and his presence at the bet365 Stadium for a testing meeting with Stoke will be invaluable.

The focus will now be on players still at Stamford Bridge and Hazard made his first start of the season in the 5-1 League Cup defeat of Nottingham Forest this week.

It promises to be a hard game for the champions, and Conte may hope they gain an extra edge by getting ready at Stamford Bridge, rather than their regular Cobham base. "It is a very important game for us", Conte said.

Having Hazard back is undoubtedly a major boost for Chelsea, with the Belgium worldwide having produced some outstanding performances last season as he helped the Blues to regain the Premier League title.

And former Arsenal man Merson is tipping the north London side to claim all three points when they take on the Baggies in front of their home fans next week.

Pedro is also available again after overcoming a minor leg injury that kept him out in midweek but David Luiz is suspended and Danny Drinkwater remains out with a calf problem.

For Stoke boss Mark Hughes, the concerns are two-fold ahead of Saturday's game.

Kurt Zomba is ineligible to play against his parent club while Ryan Shawcross and Geoff Cameron remain on the sidelines. The Belgian could feature here, especially when you consider Chelsea's next two fixtures - Atletico Madrid and Manchester City.

Chelsea, who are expected to make several changes to their team, will be looking for a morale-boosting win after they weren't at their best in the goalless draw with Arsenal in the Premier League last weekend. "We are a little bit stretched to say the least".

"You need character away from home and stand up and be counted, but it's in the past now".

"We've been good at home".

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