In an electrifying game, Antonio Conte's Chelsea beat Stoke City 4-2 at Stamford Bridge, notching their 13th consecutive win of the season, and equaling Arsenal's 2012/13 team for most consecutive wins in a Premier League season.

First half

Chelsea struggled in the first 10 minutes of the game, watching Stoke City dominate possession in their defensive half. With a lot of numbers going forward, Stoke City opened space for Chelsea's quick counterattack that was able to find two shots in six minutes: first with Eden Hazard, and the second with N'Golo Kanté.

After the initial pressure from Stoke City, the Blues took control the game, and, with time, started to create goal chances, and almost got the advantage after Diego Costa's volley was saved by Lee Grant, and then saw the defender clear the ball on its way into the goal.

In the 33rd minute of the game, Chelsea finally opened the score when Gary Cahill headed the ball into the net on a corner kick by Cesc Fábregas.

Electric half

What seemed like a comfortable game for Chelsea in the first half became an electrifying second half, with both teams pushing forward in the initial minutes. Stoke City tied the score in the first minute of the half in a set piece in which Peter Crouch headed the ball across the box, allowing Bruno Martins to push the ball into the goal with no difficulties. The Blues got the advantage back after a good collective play by Victor Moses and Hazard, finishing with Willian Silva's shot in the left bottom corner of the goal. The game continued the fast pace and Stoke City found its second goal with Crouch pushing the ball into the net after a low cross from the right in the 65th minute.

Chelsea gave the visitors no time to celebrate the goal, and one minute later, Silva put his team up 3-2.

With the objective to maintain the result, Conte substituted Fábregas for defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic (giving the Blues strength and height on defense). With five minutes left in the game, Costa scored his 14th goal of the season, with a final score of 4-2.

Chelsea is now at the top of the Premier League table after 19 games played, putting them nine points ahead of Liverpool. The Blues will play away against Tottenham on January 4th at White Heart Lane.

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