Stoke City Vs. Chelsea: Team News

Chelsea travel to the Britannia stadium this afternoon in a competetive debut for new boss Andre Villas-Boas as they look to pick up their first points of the season.

Teams:

Stoke: Begovic, Huth, Shawcross, Woodgate, Wilson, Pennant, Delap, Whelan, Etherington, Jones, Walters. Bench: Sorensen, Collins, Pugh, Diao, Whitehead, Wilkinson, Shotton.

Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Alex, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Mikel, Lampard, Kalou, Torres, Malouda. Bench: Hilario, Ivanovic, Benayoun, Drogba, Ferreira, McEachran, Anelka.

Big decision for Villas-Boas, who opts for Torres ahead of Drogba – a show of faith for the misfiring Spaniard. Kalou surprisingly gets a start, with Anelka and Benayoun also relegated to the bench. Jose Bosingwa also gets the nod ahead of Branislav Ivanovic at right-back.

Stoke line up in a familiar 4-4-2, with Jonathan Walters the only new addition, Jermaine Pennant and Matthew Etherington both starting on the flanks with Kenwyne Jones and Jonathan Walters up front. A statement of intent from the Potters.

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