Stoke City v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Saturday, 18th March, 2017
Venue: Bet365 Stadium
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

This afternoon’s game sees us travel to the Bet365 Stadium to take on a Stoke City side that has only lost twice in their last nine league games and held City to a draw last time out. Add to that our poor record against Stoke away and the fact they’ve won this fixture in two of the last three seasons, and we may be a bit more concerned about this one than the one against our somewhat easier opposition in the FA Cup during the week. Mind you, with the lumps United kicked out of us Monday night we might struggle to tell the difference.
Either way, with Stoke looking to maintain their recent form and add to their tally of wins against us, the lack of recent goals conceded in their last couple of games suggests they’ll be trying to shut us out with whatever tactic it takes, so it really could be like Groundhog Day this afternoon.

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CHELSEA v Manchester United: FA Cup Preview

Date: Monday 13th March, 2017
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 19:45 GMT

Tonight’s game sees us take on Manchester United in the sixth round of the FA Cup.
Of course, last time United came to Stamford Bridge, we kicked their arses and sent them packing with a 4-0 defeat to think about on their way home. This isn’t quite the same side we faced then though because the side that sat in 6th place for so long have put together an unbeaten run that sees the team we’ll host tonight – still in 6th place but with plenty of draws under their belts.
All joking aside though, they’re not quite the shambles they were and Jose Mourinho I’ll have been at their heads enough lately so that the side he puts out are clear of the job he expects them to do. As is usually the case with Mourinho though, half the first team are reportedly injured of ill right before the game, so we can probably expect some divine intervention to get them in the starting XI.
I’m not sure whether the United manager has mentioned our schedules are a little bit different, so whilst Antonio Conte will probably pick a stronger side than he has for the previous two cup ties, Mourinho will need to consider Thursday’s trip to Russia, what with that probably being their only hope of a Champions League spot.
I guess the only thing we need to think about, is that Jose Mourinho has never lost an FA Cup quarter-final.

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West Ham v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Monday 6th March, 2017
Venue: Olympic Stadium
Kick-off: 20:00 GMT

After yesterday’s results did us no favours, tonight’s game sees us take on a West Ham side who have already beaten us at the Olympic Stadium once this season. Ok, so it may only have been in the League cup but given we’ve only lost 4 times so far this season in all competitions, all coincidentally in London, it’s still something for us to bear in mind.
Antonio Conte will undoubtedly have thought about the side he put out in that defeat and put a full strength one out for this game as we’d expect, with Fabregas possibly getting a start over Matic. For the Hammers meanwhile, the bad news for us is Andy Carroll’s untimely recovery from injury. Rate him or not, with 2 goals in his last 3 games against us, he’s one for us to look out for.

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CHELSEA v Swansea: Preview

Date: Saturday 25th February, 2017
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

After last weekend’s FA Cup win against Wolves, today’s game sees us take on a much improved Swansea side at Stamford Bridge. Wolves made us work hard for the win last week and Swansea won’t be any easier to break down either.
With our gap at the top marginally shaved down to 8 points, the inevitable speculation around whether chinks are appearing in our armour has started, with rivals, pundits and press all crossing their fingers for a bit of a title fight. So Swansea won’t be the only ones hoping we drop points this afternoon.

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Burnley v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Sunday 12th February 2017
Venue: Turf Moor
Kick-off: 13:30 GMT

Today’s game sees us travel to Turf Moor to take on a Burnley side who’ve turned their home ground into somewhat of a fortress. So, somewhat of a potential banana skin for us against a side with 7 straight wins at home. Having said that, Burnley haven’t done so well on Sunday’s, losing all 4 played so far, whereas we’ve won five and drawn one from our six.
After yesterday’s results where Spurs dropped points, the mindset of our players will play a viral part today, in a game that could either leave us 12 points away from the pack or just the 9 points and kicking ourselves all the way back to Stamford Bridge.

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CHELSEA v Arsenal: Preview

Date: Saturday 4th February 2017
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 12:30 GMT

Today’s early kick off sees us take on an Arsenal side who thumped us 3-0 in September. Mind you, when we suffered that defeat, we were in a very different place to the one we find ourselves in going into this game. When we went to the Emirates, Arsenal were three points ahead of us, yet a defeat today would leave them 12 points behind.
Thanks to the management of Antonio Conte, a change in formation and a change in mentality, we go into this game top of the table with 13 wins from 14 at home in all competitions. Arsenal meanwhile, come into today’s game off the back of a defeat at home to Watford and Wenger won’t want them dropping any more points here if they’re to keep up with the chasing pack.

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Liverpool v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Tuesday 31st January 2017
Venue: Anfield
Kick-off: 20:00 GMT

Tonight’s game sees us travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have crashed out of both cups and have failed to win their last three in the Premier League, leaving them ten points adrift of us going into tonight’s game. Chelsea meanwhile, saw off Brentford in a comfortable FA Cup fixture at the weekend and have won the last 2 in the league after the slip up against Spurs.
We should bear in mind, the side that went out to Wolves won’t be the side we face tonight, with Klopp doing everything in his power to have Mane back on the pitch for this one, for a return to his strongest XI – and it’ll be an XI that won’t want the poor run to continue.

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CHELSEA v Hull: Preview

Date: Saturday 22nd January, 2017
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 16:30 GMT

Today’s game sees us play host to Hull City off the back of their convincing win against Bournemouth last time out.
Of course, our last game against today’s opponents was the start of our 13 game winning run and after our slip against Spurs, we’ll be hoping last week’s impressive performance against Leicester was the start of another successful spell.
Hull meanwhile have won 2 out of their last 3 in all competitions but have lost their last 8 away, so we’ll be trying to extend that to 9 for them as we go for our 9th successive home win as Costa and Conte rebuild the bromance.

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Leicester v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Saturday 14th January, 2017
Venue: King Power Stadium
Kick-off: 17:30 GMT

Today’s late game sees us away at Leicester, with the current champions 28 points behind us instead of the 17 ahead they were at the same stage last year. But whilst Ranieri and Leicester’s season isn’t going as well as they might have hoped, they showed against City they’ve still got some fire in their bellies.
As for Chelsea, after 13 consecutive wins the defeat when it came last week was all the tougher to take because it was Spurs ending the run. Add to that, the rumours surrounding Diego Costa being whipped up by the press, and you’d have to think this game will show us just how much character we really do have.

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Tottenham v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Wednesday 4th January, 2017
Venue: White Hart Lane
Kick-off: 20:00 GMT

Tonight’s game sees us take the trip across London to White Hart Lane, to visit a Tottenham side who have typically found some form right before we play.
Spurs have won their last 4, and 5 of the last 6 and they’ll undoubtedly be looking for revenge after their defeat at Stamford Bridge in November. Add to that the way we p*ssed all over their fireworks last season and Pochettino will quite probably stop at nothing to end our thirteen game winning run.

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