CHELSEA v West Ham: Talking to the Opposition


Ahead of today’s game TheChelseaBlog had a very uninspired Q & A session with West Ham blog westhamtillidie.com on everything from our best hopes this season to their stadium deal and of course, today’s game.

You can have a read here if you feel so inclined.

CHELSEA v West Ham: Preview

Date: Saturday 19th March, 2016
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

I can’t remember writing a preview that felt quite as pointless as this.
You couldn’t have written it at the start of the season – holding Champions, a squad with the likes of Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas, with Jose Mourinho leading the way – yet we’ve just gone out of the Champions League and FA Cup, we’re 10th in the table and we’re as motivated as teenagers on school mornings. Costa’s got himself suspended, Hazard has gone from subbing himself to putting himself on the sick list altogether, Fabregas has gone missing more often than not, although even his ‘absences’ aren’t quite as apparent as our former boss. Talking of absentees, Messrs Falcao and Pato aren’t exactly going to help us out of the hole we’re in either – still, at least we won’t get relegated eh Guus?!
As for today’s opponents, it’s fair to say West Ham are having a decidedly better time of it under Slaven Bilic. 5th in the table, they’ve only lost two of the last 16 league games and they’re on a run of 3 straight wins. Unfortunately for us, they seem to favour goals away from home this season and they have Payet in some cracking form.
Happy days!

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Everton v CHELSEA: FA Cup Preview

Venue: Goodison Park
Date: Saturday 12th March 2016
Kick-off: 17:30 GMT

With our midweek defeat in the Champions League still far too fresh in our minds, we’re back at it in today’s late kick off, for an FA Cup tie against Everton.
The Toffees haven’t done particularly well at home in the league lately but that won’t stop them coming into this game feeling a bit more optimistic than us. Weary after our Champions League exit and probably without Costa and JT again – at least from the starting XI – I expect us to find ourselves under pressure early on.

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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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