Chelsea will look to continue their recent fine form when they take on Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Guus Hiddink's side haven't lost in the league since the Dutchman took over in December, and three straight wins have them in the top half of the table, only three points adrift of the seventh-placed Potters. Though it's almost certainly too late for them to make a serious Champions League run, a strong end to the campaign would give them a much-needed confidence boost to take into next season.
However, they shouldn't expect an easy game. Stoke had been winless in six before embarking on a run of three straight league victories, with Mark Hughes' side sitting pretty in the Premier League table. Their intelligent work in last summer's transfer market has seen them continue their transformation from proponents of Pulisball to an intelligent and versatile attacking unit, mixing robustness with pace and skill. There's no doubt they stand a chance of getting something from this match.
Key player: Willian
It has been a disappointing season for many of Chelsea's players, but their one consistent performer has been winger Willian. The Brazilian international blends tireless industry with fine technique, and though he lacks the explosiveness of someone like Pedro or Eden Hazard, he's doubtless been a much more valuable asset over the past few months. It'll be down to Stoke's left back Erik Pieters to try and keep him quiet.
Stoke have met Chelsea twice already this season; once in the Capital One Cup and once in the reverse league fixture. On both occasions they've impressively emerged victorious. However, before then, they'd lost four straight matches against the Blues, and haven't won away at Stamford Bridge since 1974. They're clearly still the historical underdogs, but their recent form should give them some added confidence.
Chelsea injuries and suspensions
Out: Falcao (groin); Kurt Zouma (knee); Pedro (hamstring). In doubt: Kenedy (groin); John Terry (hamstring); Eden Hazard (knock).
Stoke City injuries and suspensions
Out: Phil Bardsley, Charlie Adam (calf); Glen Johnson, Marc Wilson (knee); Ryan Shawcross (back). In doubt: Geoff Cameron (ankle).
Chelsea will still be without long-term absentees Falcao and Zouma, while Pedro is also sidelined. However, they'll be hoping to have attackers Kenedy and Hazard back after minor problems, and Terry could return to the center of defense after a hamstring strain.
Stoke's injury list is rather longer, with their defense hit particularly hard. Center back Shawcross and fullback Johnson are perhaps their biggest absentees, though American international Cameron could return from an ankle injury to fill in on the right side of their back line.
Match date/time: Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, 3 p.m. local
Venue: Stamford Bridge, London
TV: Premier League Extra Time (US)
Online: NBC Sports Live Extra (US - English); NBC Deportes En Vivo Extra (US - Spanish)