Stoke were without three first-choice defenders and it took just three minutes for Antonio Rudiger to head in Willian’s free-kick. Danny Drinkwater then scored his first Chelsea goal, a volley from 25 yards, before Pedro made it 3-0 on 33 minutes from Willian’s second assist.
Stoke thought they had pulled one back just before half-time but Mame Biram Diouf’s effort was ruled out for handball. Willian won and converted a penalty after the break and, on 88 minutes, Davide Zappacosta smashed in his first PL goal.
Chelsea have won seven in a row at home and go above Manchester United, who host Southampton in the evening kick-off. Stoke are 14th.
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