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Team news ahead of Sunday afternoon's Premier League clash between Stoke and Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium (1:30pm).

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Tony Pulis has ruled out the possibility of Matthew Upson making his Stoke debut.

The former West Ham defender, who joined the Potters this week, is not yet ready for competitive action, but fellow new signing Jonathan Woodgate could feature.

Stoke boss Pulis is hopeful Rory Delap (hamstring) and Matthew Etherington (rib) will overcome niggles but Ricardo Fuller, Mamady Sidibe and Danny Higginbotham are long-term absentees.

Chelsea are optimistic Fernando Torres will be fit.

Torres suffered some memory loss after being concussed in Spain's friendly defeat in Italy on Wednesday but is expected to be available for selection at the Britannia Stadium.

Romelu Lukaku could be in the squad but Daniel Sturridge is suspended, David Luiz is out, Branislav Ivanovic is doubtful and Michael Essien is long-term injured.

Stoke (from): Begovic, Sorensen, Wilkinson, Shotton, Huth, Shawcross, Woodgate, Collins, Wilson, Pugh, Whitehead, Diao, Delap, Whelan, Pennant, Etherington, Jones, Walters.

Chelsea (from): Cech, Ivanovic, Bosingwa, Ferreira, Terry, Alex, Cole, Bertrand, Mikel, McEachran, Lampard, Ramires, Benayoun, Malouda, Drogba, Anelka, Kalou, Lukaku, Hilario, Turnbull.

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Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 16 August 2014
12:45
Man Utd v Swansea  
15:00
Leicester v Everton  
QPR v Hull City  
Stoke City v A Villa  
West Brom v Sunderland  
West Ham v Tottenham  
17:30
Arsenal v C Palace  
Sunday, 17 August 2014
13:30
Liverpool v Southampton  
16:00
Newcastle v Man City  
Monday, 18 August 2014
20:00
Burnley v Chelsea  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Arsenal 0 0 0
2 A Villa 0 0 0
3 Burnley 0 0 0
4 Chelsea 0 0 0
5 C Palace 0 0 0
6 Everton 0 0 0
7 Hull City 0 0 0
8 Leicester 0 0 0
9 Liverpool 0 0 0
10 Man City 0 0 0
11 Man Utd 0 0 0
12 Newcastle 0 0 0
13 QPR 0 0 0
14 Southampton 0 0 0
15 Stoke City 0 0 0
16 Sunderland 0 0 0
17 Swansea 0 0 0
18 Tottenham 0 0 0
19 West Brom 0 0 0
20 West Ham 0 0 0

Updated Thu, 31 Jul 2014

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