Stoke City: Huddy tips Stoke to spark Chelsea blues
STOKE will be getting no good-luck message from Alan Hudson in their dressing-room tomorrow.
He will be at Stamford Bridge to cheer them on, but is steering clear of the players before the game.
"I went into the dressing-room a couple of years ago," he recalls, "but it was just before they lost 7-0.
"I watched the game with a lot of my old Chelsea team-mates and had told them before the match that Chelsea won't roll over this lot.
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"When the seventh one went in, they looked at me as if to say 'what do you know?' so I'm keeping clear of the Stoke dressing-room.
"Mind you, if I thought it would mean Chelsea conceding seven, I'd nip into theirs instead."
Huddy can't quite see Chelsea 0, Stoke 7 tomorrow, but he does fancy an upset of some description as City seek a first Premier League point at the Bridge on their fifth visit to the King's Road.
"It's the best time to play them," he argues. "They didn't get a good result at QPR last week (0-0) and they will be under a bit of pressure after the Juventus game (2-2) in the week.
"Chelsea are not a settled team yet and the new boys like Oscar won't fancy playing against Stoke.
"Stoke go there unbeaten in the league this season and under no pressure.
"The great thing about Stoke is that they keep surprising me. That's down to Tony Pulis because he gets more out of his players than people expect."