Antonio Conte’s Premier League leaders have racked up a club-record 12 wins on the spin.
Diego Costa and N’Golo Kante are available again after missing the win against Bournemouth on Boxing Day through suspension.
“I think Chelsea have been different class”
And former Arsenal star Merson is backing the Blues to beat Mark Hughes’ Potters 3-0.
“To do what they’ve done, I think a 13th straight win is definitely on the cards.
“Stoke have to get lucky.
“They took the lead against Liverpool and Joe Allen should have scored really, and if he does then it’s 2-0 – but Liverpool go down the other end and it’s 1-1.
“So they need luck and get the ball into the box.
“I don’t think Liverpool would be able to live with Peter Crouch but they have to get far enough up the pitch to pose them problems.”