Michael Owen delivers prediction on Chelsea v Stoke, Update on Llorente, Spending Oscar cash and more

MICHAEL OWEN believes Chelsea will make it 13 wins on the spin against Stoke.

The Blues have stormed to the top of the Premier League table thanks to their perfect run of form since the start of October.

A 3-0 victory against Bournemouth on Boxing Day saw Antonio Conte’s men set a new club record.

Former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Owen believes their run will eventually come to an end.

But he is backing them to see off Mark Hughes’ Potters.

Owen told BetVictor: “Stoke took four points out of the title favourites last season but I can’t see them getting anything at Stamford Bridge against a Chelsea side whose winning run will come to an end at some stage – but not perhaps at the hands of the Potters managed by former Blues’ striker Mark Hughes.”

Chelsea winger Pedro is suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the season against Bournemouth.

Diego Costa and N’Golo Kante and they are both expected to make immediate returns after serving one-match bans.

John Terry has returned to training following a gluteal strain but is unlikely to feature.

Chelsea preparing Fernando Llorente swoop

Chelsea are reportedly considering a shock move for Swansea City forward Fernando Llorente.

The 31-year-old joined Swansea from Sevilla in the summer and has scored six Premier League goals in 15 appearances for the Welsh outfit during the 2016-17 campaign.

Blues boss Antonio Conte worked alongside the Spaniard at Juventus and according to AS, the Italian wants to bring the striker to Stamford Bridge as back-up to leading scorer Diego Costa.

Llorente, whose Swansea deal expires in the summer of 2018, scored 118 times for Athletic Bilbao before making the move to Juventus in 2013.

The experienced forward has also netted seven goals in 24 appearances for the Spanish national team.

Conte reveals how he could spend Oscar cash in January window

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has revealed how he plans to approach the January transfer window.

The Italian certainly won’t be short of funds after a £60 million deal was agreed to see Oscar join Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG at the beginning of the month.

However, the coach is wary of spending just because the money is there, and doesn’t want to adversely affect a side which has won their last 12 matches in the Premier League.

‘In January it’s always very difficult to buy because I think that every team thinks to keep their best players and not to sell,’ Conte told reporters.

‘With the club, we are thinking the best way to face the rest of the season. For sure we are seeing our situation and our squad, and we take the best decision.

‘As I said before, it’s not easy the window in January.’

He added on whether new players could unsettle an in form squad: ‘No I don’t think about this.

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