CHELSEA v Stoke: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 5th March 2016
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

After making hard work of the win against Norwich midweek, today’s game sees us up against Stoke City who haven’t had a win at Stamford Bridge in 32 years.
Any other season we might go into this game expecting that statistic to continue but this isn’t any other season, with Stoke in 7th place and above us in the table. Like us, they come into today’s game on a 3 game winning streak and will be looking for a double, having beaten us 1-0 in the reverse fixture this season.

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Southampton v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: 27th February 2016
Venue: St Mary’s Stadium
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

This afternoon’s game sees us travel to St Mary’s to take on a Southampton side at the top of the form table.
Whilst we’ve undoubtedly improved under Guus Hiddink, our unbeaten run in the Premier League, has all too often consisted of us playing it safe to get out of games with a draw. We’ve lacked the guts required to put games to bed and against a Southampton side who’ve dropped just 2 points in six games and haven’t conceded in any of them, that’s not going to cut it.
Interestingly though, the last time Forster conceded a goal was to Diego Costa in our 1-1 draw almost a year ago.
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CHELSEA v Man City: FA Cup Preview

Date: Sunday 21st February, 2016
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 16:00 GMT

After a poor start against PSG midweek, Chelsea found enough fire in their belly to come out of it with an away goal and only a marginal defeat. Back at home now, today’s FA cup fourth round tie sees us play host to Man City and whilst we’ve got our Champions League game out of the way, City will come into today’s game with one eye on their game Wednesday.
From what I hear though we probably shouldn’t get too excited at the idea of Pellegrini fielding a load of youngsters today because it sounds as if they’d give this season’s first XI a run for their money.

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CHELSEA v Newcastle: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 13 February
Kick-off: 17:30 GMT

After last week’s battle back against United to get a point, today’s late game sees us at home to McLaren’s Newcastle who arrive on a run of five consecutive away defeats in all competitions. Unlike us though, they did take 3 points from their last game.
Whilst we remain unbeaten under Guus Hiddink, the reality is we’ve just three wins amongst a string of draws. Worse still, against United last week, it was evident a draw was probably all Hiddink had looked for.

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CHELSEA v Manchester United: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: 7th February 2016
Kick-off: 16:00 GMT

Today’s late game brings Manchester United to Stamford Bridge. Not their favoured ground with only one win from the last 13 visits but at least they come off the back of a convincing win against Stoke.
Chelsea, 13th in the table at the start of the weekend, might feel less assured from previous home form against United given we couldn’t get more than a point at Watford last time out, in one of the most lacklustre games from a season of many.
Whilst unbeaten under Guus Hiddink, realistically we’ve only turned in 3 wins and still don’t look up for the fight. Talking of fights, our last five meetings with United have produced four red cards so you’d have to assume Diego Costa will make some headlines today – as could former Chelsea man Juan Mata, without a goal or assist in 12 games is well overdue a standout game.

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Watford v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: Vicarage Road
Date: Wednesday, 3 February
Kick-off: 19:45 GMT

Tonight’s game sees us travel to Watford, where Hiddink’s second spell in charge started with a draw. Chelsea are unbeaten since then and we looked good in our 5-1 win at the weekend, albeit against MK Dons.
Watford are unlikely to be as charitable as the weekend’s opponents though and our defence would do well to take note of Odion Ighalo’s run of 7 goals in his last seven Premier League games at home.
3 points on my birthday would do nicely though!

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Arsenal v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: Emirates Stadium
Date: Sunday, 24 January
Kick-off: 16:00 GMT

Guus Hiddink inflicted Arsenal’s heaviest ever Premier League defeat at the Emirates when we won 4-1 there in May 2009, but whilst we travel back across the capital today, Hiddink will know these are very different times.
Arsenal won’t get a better opportunity to win the league than this season, with only City realistically to battle it out with. As for us, if we avoid the drop (and that’s not something I’m ruling out), I can’t see Roman letting us get in this position again either.
As far as today’s game goes, we just need to get through with it and hope it’s not too painful.

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CHELSEA v Everton: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 16 January
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

This afternoon’s game sees us play host to Everton and like every other side that comes to Stamford Bridge these days, the Toffees will be coming for the win. Martinez might not have a good record against us here but his Everton side have only lost once on their travels this season.
Chelsea, on the other hand, whilst possibly a little happier with Hiddink around aren’t exactly any more consistent. Unbeaten in a handful of games we might be, but winning we ain’t! And to call our performance against West Brom in midweek lacklustre, would be flattering us in the extreme.
Lets just hope the homecoming for Romelu Lukaku isn’t too happy!

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CHELSEA v Scunthorpe: FA Cup Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Sunday, 10 January
Kick-off: 14:00 GMT

During his first stint in charge in 2009, Guus Hiddink led Chelsea to FA Cup glory in a 2-1 win over Everton. Having blown even a European place this season, he’s hoping for domestic silverware at least, so we can expect the current interim manager to field a strong side as we play host to Scunthorpe.
Although 14th in the Premier League, Chelsea are unbeaten in four for the first time this season and certainly played more in the manner we’d expect against Palace in their last game. Scunthorpe meanwhile sit 15th in League One after 25 games and have been in mixed form of late, winning three, drawing four, and losing three of their last 10 games in all competitions. Mind you, it’s worth noting they’re unbeaten on the road in four outings, so there’s no room for complacency on our part.
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Crystal Palace v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: Selhurst Park
Date: Sunday, 3 January
Kick-off: 13:30 GMT

Our first game of the new year sees us take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in the early kick-off.
Last time out against Manchester United was absolute torture to watch and in all honesty United could, and probably should, have been out of sight by half-time. The jury is still out on whether us coming out of the game with a point was more by luck than judgement.
For Palace, it’s been two successive goalless draws, with them lacking a clinical finish up front but not lacking any presence at the back.
Despite Chelsea’s decent record against Palace, with nine wins against them in the Premier League, we’ve lost 2 of the last 4 meetings so we’re going to have to hope the players have resolved to kick-off our season in 2016.

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