Arsenal v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Saturday 24th Sept, 2016
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Kick-off: 17:30 BST

This evening’s game sees us take the short trip to the Emirates to take on Arsenal. We’ve been a thorn in Wenger’s side for quite some time and the Arsenal boss didn’t do any better against Conte in their last meeting either, when Conte’s Juventus knocked Arsenal out of the Champions League.
On current form though, Arsenal are having the better time of it, winning their last 3 in the League. Chelsea meanwhile lost to Liverpool in the last league game, off the back of a draw against Swansea. Antonio Conte looked a bit bemused with some of the decisions called in that one, but given the way Wenger’s side rack up reds in this fixture, I’m hoping decisions follow the usual trend today and Conte has less to look puzzled about.

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Chelsea: Patience and Perspective Needed

Chelsea’s first three games of the season looked promising. Even the draw against Swansea could be put down to poor officiating but last night, after some early season dizziness, we came back down to earth with less of a bump and more of a crash. Quite where our expectations have come from I’m not sure, this is virtually an unchanged side from the one that limped home mid-table in May. Yet the fallout after last night’s defeat suggests many believe we could, and probably should have done better.
Here we had a Liverpool side who’s start to the season has seen them draw with Spurs and totally thump Arsenal and Leicester. A side with a manager who’s had the benefit of time to understand their strengths and weaknesses and more importantly, the time to embed not just new players but to instil the most vital ingredient in any side – team spirit. This then, up against a Chelsea side who’s players ended last season, pretty much the way Kell Brook ended his encounter with Gennady Golovkin. Read more »

CHELSEA v Liverpool: Preview

Date: Friday 16th September, 2016
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 20:00 BST

The tantrums after last weekend’s draw against Swansea have barely subsided and we’re already back in action for tonight’s game at home to Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp’s side have struggled for anything resembling consistency in their first four games, with the edge just taken off high-scoring wins against Arsenal and Leicester, by a defeat to Burnley.
Whilst they’ve been tested with 3 of their 4 games against last season’s top three, our biggest battles seem to have been with the officials so far. Accuse me of bias, but some things never change and last week’s game against Swansea ended with far more focus on the ref than any game should have. Not that we helped ourselves either because the game should have been put to bed by half-time anyway.
We’ll need to be a lot more clinical if we’re to get a result tonight. After a 3-1 win in this fixture last season and full of themselves off the back of a 4-0 win against the current Champions, Liverpool will undoubtedly turn up with enough confidence for both of us.

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Swansea v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Sunday 11th September, 2016
Venue: Liberty Stadium
Kick-off: 16:00 BST

Back from an international break we could have done without, this afternoon’s return to Premier League action takes us to the Liberty Stadium to face a Swansea side who kept their first clean sheet against us since 1981 when we last met in April.
In this fixture just a few months ago, Swansea ended Hiddink’s unbeaten run with a 1-0 win.
This time around, it’s Antonio Conte in charge and the new Chelsea boss could become the fourth Blues manager to win his opening four Premier League games if he succeeds where Hiddink failed towards the end of last season.
Today’s opposing managers are no strangers, with Antonio Conte unbeaten against Francesco Guidolin in their Serie A meetings. And Chelsea are no strangers to winning their first four league games either, having achieved this in all four of their title-winning seasons: 2004-05, 2005-06, 2009-10 and 2014-15.
No pressure Antonio!

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CHELSEA v Burnley: Preview

Date: Saturday 27th August, 2016
Venue: Stamford Bridge’
Kick-off: 15:00 BST

This afternoon’s game sees us play host to Burnley at Stamford Bridge.
A nice little fixture at this point in the season maybe? Not so, if their last game is anything to go by. Because, whilst today’s visitors didn’t see a lot of the ball against Liverpool last week, when they did get hold of it, they made made the most of the leaky defence they were up against, coming away with only 19% of the possession but all of the points in a 2-0 win.
With our defence looking badly in need of reinforcements we don’t seem to be able to entice in right now, we might need a bit more of the Fabregas magic this afternoon.

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Watford v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Saturday 20th August, 2016
Venue: Vicarage Road
Kick-off: 15:00 BST

This afternoon’s game sees up travel to Vicarage Road to take on Watford.
Our first game of the season Monday night was harder than it should have. We were head and shoulders the better side against West Ham in a game with more than one controversial decision. Positives for us from that game, besides 3 points, were performances from Hazard and Kante on the pitch and the performance off the pitch from new boss Antonio Conte.
Watford put in a decent first shift against Southampton in their opening game to secure themselves a point, and with today’s managerial opponents hardly the best of friends, we can probably expect everything to be thrown at this one as well.
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CHELSEA v West Ham: Preview

Date: Monday 15th August, 2016
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 20:00 BST

Here we are then, another season, another Chelsea manager. This year we have Antonio Conte taking charge and given the shambles he inherited after our worst season in years, it’s no secret he’s got his work cut out between now and May.
Conte’s first Premier League game in charge sees us play host to West Ham at Stamford Bridge. Easy enough you might think if you consider we’re unbeaten in our last ten against them in this Premier League fixture. Mind you, Billic is a decent manager and under his guidance West Ham didn’t lose against us last season, something they hadn’t managed for the previous 13 years.
Still, at club level, Antonio Conte has lost just one of his last 30 league games and since Avram Grant is the only Chelsea manager to lose his opening Premier League game in the Roman Abramovich era, he doesn’t have too much to live up to.

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Chelsea 2016/17 Season: what can we expect?

The new season is upon us, we’ve got a new manager (yet again) and a couple of new players but what’s really changed? According to my Twitter feed, not very much.
United and City pat themselves on the back every tweet for their spending prowess and every headline (predictably) has Mourinho as the messiah. Not last season’s Mourinho who sat by and watched, seemingly helpless to stop the slide of Champions, unable to motivate, cajole or even kick arse, as everyone to a man morphed into Sunday league sloths (minus the beer stained kit and half-time fag). This new Mourinho they speak of is relaxed and happy, “always joking in training” whilst working on his master plan to conquer the Premier League. Read more »

Spain v Turkey Preview: Team News, Starting Lineups & Predictions

Euro 2016
Date: Friday, 17th June, 2016
Time: 20.00pm BST
Venue: Allianz Riviera, Nice

Spain are firm favourites to beat Turkey and can book their passage into the second round of Euro 2016 this evening with a victory in Nice.

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Who Will Conte Move For This Summer?

Many had written the Italians off before the tournament had started, but an impressive opening game has shown just what Antonio Conte is all about. While the days of an all-star Italy team are gone (for now), the tactical setup reaffirmed just how good Conte is.

As he looks forward to taking over the helm of the four-time Premier League champions, we look at three players that are top of Conte’s summer shopping list.

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