Stoke City manager Mark Hughes says he is still waiting on a "number of players" to return from injury, with Marc Muniesa (knee) and Geoff Cameron (knee) unavailable along with long-term absentees Jack Butland (ankle) and Stephen Ireland (leg).
Chelsea did not win either match v Stoke City last season (D1 L1), the first time they had failed to beat them either home or away in a league campaign since 1974/75.
The Potters are winless in 11 league visits to Chelsea, last winning there 1-0 in April 1974.
Chelsea have not lost their final league match of a calendar year since 2011, while Stoke City have ended the last two calendar years with a league victory.
Marcos Alonso has ended on the winning side in each of his last 16 PL starts (four for Sunderland, 12 for Chelsea); only Arjen Robben has gone on a longer run in PL history (20 matches in a row between December 2004 and January 2006).
Antonio Conte: "To have 12 wins in a row is a great achievement but it's not enough for us to win the title right now."
Mark Hughes: "They're on a great run but that has to come to an end at some point. Why can't we be the team that does that?"