Brighton & Hove Albion v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Saturday 20th January 2018

Venue: Amex Stadium

Kick-off: 12:30 GMT

 

 

 

 

After a complete farce of a game against Norwich in the FA Cup, today’s early kick-off takes us to Brighton. We’ll be without Alvaro Morata and Pedro after they both saw red midweek, and quite probably Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas who are both nursing dodgy hamstrings. Michy Batshuayi did manage a goal against Norwich although otherwise did little to ask any questions of his manager, so whether he starts today, or Conte goes with Hazard up front remains to be seen.

As for Brighton, they have little to worry about in terms of absentees and they’ve looked to be just about coping in the premier league although they’ve won just 1 of the last 12 league games and failed to score in eight of them. After some of our most abject displays in recent years though, Brighton will fancy their chances of getting something out of this game – and who could blame them?

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CHELSEA v Leicester: Preview

Date: Saturday 13th January 2018

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

 

 

 

Today’s game sees us take on Leicester City at Stamford Bridge and I don’t know about anyone else but I feel about as enthusiastic as our players have looked in their last few games.

Whilst the team of strangers Conte fielded together against Norwich shot him in the foot, our first XI didn’t look that much better against Arsenal Wednesday night in the league cup, so this clearly isn’t about what Conte does or doesn’t do. Like every manager before him, he’s got the press recycling their customary Chelsea stories, a club in no great hurry to support him either publicly or in the market, and a fan base stamping their feet like toddlers offered a sprint round the pound shop instead a daytrip to Toys R Us.

Leicester meanwhile, come into this one a lot livelier after their rest and with Jamie Vardy back from injury.  We can only hope Puel sends Vardy and Mahrez out complete with ball and chain as a precautionary measure in the window. Read more »

Norwich v CHELSEA: FA Cup Preview

 

Date: Saturday 6th January 2018

Venue: Carrow Road

Kick-off: 17:30 GMT

 

 

 

Today’s late game takes us to Carrow Road for an FA cup tie against Norwich. Currently 13th in the Championship table, the Canaries have lacked consistency this season although come into this game unbeaten in their last three. Chelsea meanwhile, are unbeaten in 7 but likely to make a number of changes with a tough 2-2 against Arsenal in the league behind us and another meeting against them coming up Wednesday night in the League Cup.

Carrow Road has been kind to us in the most recent trips there and our last FA Cup meeting with Norwich finished 4-0 as well, so a continuation of that form would do us today.

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CHELSEA v Stoke: Preview

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date: Saturday 30th December 2017

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

 

Today’s game has a touch of déjà vu about it because its almost a year to the day we last played Stoke at home in the league. This year though, we’re not riding quite as high because we go into this one below both Manchester clubs. And whilst we might be just a point off United after their slip against Burnley, their neighbours are streets ahead of the rest of us.

We do go into this game with six home league wins in a row and 23 points from the last 30 available, but its debatable how motivated players can be without a prize in sight. The Potters meanwhile, come into the game knowing they’ve only managed one point from nine Premier League visits to Stamford Bridge but have taken four points from their Christmas games so far and will likely kick lumps out of us looking for more.

This fixture last year was the usual hard-fought battle but finished 4-2, so I’m hoping for Groundhog Day.

 

 

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Everton v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Saturday 23rd December, 2017
Venue: Goodison Park
Kick-off: 12:30 GMT

Today’s early kick-off sees us travel to Goodison Park to take on an Everton side looking like they have a clue again under Sam Allardyce. Everton are unbeaten in their last five, with four wins and a draw, so it’s probably fair to say normal service has resumed after a disastrous start this season.
For Chelsea, we’ve lost just one from the last ten games but we’re not what I’d call consistent and with Alvaro Morata out following the harshest of yellow cards against Bournemouth, and Conte more likely to play with a false nine than he is to put Batshuayi in, goals might be hard to come by for us.
As for Allardyce, he’ll be trying to extend his record against us to five clubs.

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CHELSEA v Southampton: Preview

Date: Saturday 16th December, 2017
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

After picking ourselves up, or being pulled up by the boss after last weekend’s disaster against West Ham, we looked more like ourselves against Huddersfield midweek. As Conte pointed out though, with City beating everything in front of them, and us blowing hot and cold, the chances of us retaining this title are slim to just about none.
Today’s opponents are no more consistent though, with a battling display in a narrow defeat to Arsenal followed by an absolute thumping from Leicester in the past week. It’s worth remembering though that whilst the Saints have also won just two of their 40 top-flight matches away against the reigning champions, one of those was us in 2015. And whilst we’re on notes of caution, another fact worth bearing in mind is that all but one one our nine Premier League defeats under Conte have come in London.

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West Ham v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Saturday 9th December, 2017
Venue: London Stadium
Kick-off: 12:30 GMT

Today’s early kick-off sees us take the short trip to the London Stadium to take on a West Ham side who pushed the runaway league leaders pretty hard in their last game. They’ll be feeling more confident having kept City to a narrow win but they’re still 8 games without a win.
Chelsea, on the other hand, are unbeaten in 7 league games but just weren’t clinical enough against Atletico midweek. We’ve conceded just four goals in our last seven games in all competitions but as we all know only too well, there’s nothing like a London derby to turn even the poorest opposition into world beaters for a day.

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Chelsea aiming to crank up the pressure on Manchester pair

Chelsea visit West Ham United on Saturday aiming to stay in touch with the two Manchester clubs at the top of the Premier League.

Antonio Conte’s side trail table-topping City by 11 points and United by three, but with their title rivals set to clash at Old Trafford on Sunday they have an opportunity to crank up the pressure with a victory at the London Stadium.

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CHELSEA v Newcastle: Preview

Date: Saturday 2nd December, 2017
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 12:30 GMT

After our frustrating game against Swansea on Wednesday night, today’s early kick-off sees us play host to Newcastle at Stamford Bridge. I say frustrating because aside from decisions being less than favourable, and Swansea setting themselves out to defend in numbers, it was another game where we just didn’t make the most of the chances we did have – and we’re not going to keep getting away with that.
Newcastle, on the other hand, got themselves a point against West Brom from a 2-goal deficit, so they might be buoyed coming into this one. Naturally I hope we put a stop to any sense of security that draw might have given them. In fact, I’d be delighted to see us batter them. We’re due a decent win, we need a decent win and quite frankly, we need to bestow as much misery on Benitez as he did on us.

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Liverpool v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Saturday 25th November, 2017
Venue: Anfield
Kick-off: 17:30 GMT

Today’s game sees the 55th meeting in all competitions between Liverpool and Chelsea since the turn of the century, with us taking the trip to Anfield for the late kick-off.
Liverpool come into the game off the back of a mid-week slip up against Seville in the Champions League where another defensive disaster turned a comfortable 3-0 lead into a 3-3 draw. Chelsea meanwhile, have had a day less to prepare after the much longer trip to Baku midweek resulted in a more fruitful 4-0 win against Qarabag.
In Liverpool’s corner, there’s Coutinho who might want to get himself in the shop window for the New Year sales and obviously there’ll be much talk of Salah ahead of this game. Fair play to the man, he’s in great form for Liverpool but “the one that got away”? behave! He was a very different player during his spell at Chelsea, whatever his goal tally at Liverpool. In the Chelsea corner, there’s the blossoming relationship between Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas which has flourished since the return of N’golo Kante.
Undoubtedly plenty of talent on show and a hard one to call, which is probably why most of the predictions have called it a draw or a marginal home win.

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