Arsenal v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: Emirates Stadium
Date: Sunday, 26 April
Kick-off: 16:00 BST

So, today’s late game sees us pop over to the Emirates to face an Arsenal side some ten points behind us in the league, yet presumably hoping this game turns into a 6-pointer.
They’re certainly the team in form, with nine wins in their last nine games and in spite of Wenger’s record against Mourinho, possibly even the favourites to get a win this afternoon.
For Chelsea, who seem to have reverted to the famous Mourinho solid 1-0 wins to safeguard their own title hopes this season, it will no doubt be a bit of an edgy affair. With Loic Remy out, Didier Drogba still bullish and dogged, yet lacking the pace of his former years, and Diego Costa unlikely to be risked anywhere except the bench, we needn’t expect anything fancy again. What we’ll need, against the likes of Sanchez and Giroud will be another gritty, determined display that gives the pundits and purists plenty to moan about. If it gives us the required outcome though, I’m sure we couldn’t care less.
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Anti-football or Just Anti-Chelsea?

Anti-football they say? Top of the table since August, still the only unbeaten side at home, lost just 2 games all season, 10 point gap, better goal difference – anti-football my backside. Read more »

CHELSEA v Manchester United: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 18 April
Kick-off: 17:30 BST

This week’s non Saturday, non 3pm game sees us play host to United at Stamford Bridge in the day’s late kick-off and it’s a resurgent United we have visiting. With United’s current form giving a return of 6 wins from 6 games, there’s been plenty written this week about them halting our title charge – or at the very least, delaying it. Undoubtedly, our more recent poor performances have a lot to do with that but whilst we certainly laboured to the three points against QPR last weekend, it’s of note we did actually take all three points away from QPR’s cup final.
That’s not to say any of us are assuming the title is in the bag, in spite of a bit of bravado, a game in hand and a seven point gap because whilst United have come into this game with their manager bemoaning a depleted defensive line, we don’t even know if we’ve got anyone to put out against them. With Diego Costa out, Remy injured last week and Didier Drogba unfortunately a long way past his hayday, there’s a possibility their injury issues won’t have that much of an impact anyway. Read more »

QPR v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: Loftus Road
Date: Sunday, 12 April
Kick-off: 13:30 BST

I’m sure there are plenty out there well up up for this today. Me? I hate this sort of game.
It’s QPR and on any other week of the season, they’re pants. Bring on chelsea though and they’ll turn into Barcelona complete with bent referee playing twelfth man for them.
Arsenal have their tissues out getting themselves within 4 points of us now and one of the Manchester sides could be contacting Kleenex this afternoon themselves as well unless we give them all a reminder this lunchtime of who is actually leading the race in terms of points scored and games played – no pressure though.

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Chelsea Must Cash In On Salah This Summer

Mohammed Salah has been somewhat of an inconsistent player during his career. When he was at Basel, the Egyptian winger terrorized defenses, scoring several goals while at the Swiss club.

After impressing Mr. Abramovich, scoring 3 goals against Chelsea in 4 games, Salah earned a big move to West London. Since his transfer Salah has done little to prove his worth. He has shown a few glimpses of his potential, but that’s about it. The Egyptian has largely underwhelmed and found it hard to even make the bench.
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CHELSEA v Stoke: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 4 April
Kick-off: 17:30 BST

After the international bore break, we’re back to the Premier League today for the late game at home to Stoke City.
We were far from our best in our last game in the Premier League and despite an initial 2-goal lead, made hard work of it with the sort of sloppy defending that took a late goal from Loic Remy to get away with a last gasp win. Jose Mourinho reckons we need 6 more wins if we’re to take the title this season although the way we’ve been playing, we need a rocket up our backsides to get them.

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Chelsea vs Stoke City Preview, Possible Lineups & Key Stats

Chelsea will be looking to get one step closer to the Premier League title in a game they are heavily fancied to win on Saturday evening.

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Join Chelsea’s Official club on INPLAY for a chance to win trip for two to London

Join Chelsea’s official Club on INPLAY for your chance to win an amazing hospitality package for 2 to watch Chelsea in London.

Fans can now follow the Chelsea F.C. via the ‘Official Chelsea FC’ Club on INPLAY, receiving the latest news, videos, offers and more, and seamlessly share them with all their friends and fellow CFC fans on INPLAY. Chelsea FC joins fabulous full-back Cesar Azpilicueta in launching their own official Fan Club on the app.

In order to have your chance of winning this fantastic prize, all you need to do is to follow 3 easy steps:

(1) Download the INPLAY app from the App Store or Google Play
(2) Invite at least 1 friend to the app.
(3) Join the ‘Official Chelsea FC’ Fan Club (search for ‘Official Chelsea FC’ in the Discover area).

The promotion will run between 2-30 April.

INPLAY is available on both iOS and Android, and offers the chance to chat with friends and fellow football fans, plus unique features like ‘Hotwire’ which aggregates the latest trending content for you to enjoy, and then ‘pass’ into your Chats and Fan Clubs to continue the conversation.

Get started by downloading the app here.

Why Bale Signing is Hard To Resist

In the last few weeks, Chelsea have been linked with Real Madrid winger, Gareth Bale. It has survived past a few weeks, which means the media is either bored, or the move could actually have some substance. At first glance, the idea of Bale wearing blue next season seems ridiculous. I was guilty of taking the attitude of “we don’t need him anyway”. However, taking a second look at the situation, it not only seems plausible, but quite intriguing.

As much as I hate to be critical of this Chelsea team, I must admit that this season has been a minor disappointment. Even if Chelsea win the league, with their start to the season, their recent results have been underwhelming. While it’s tough to point fingers at any players in particular, Chelsea have lacked their attacking impetus.
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Get On Mourinho’s Bandwagon, Not His Back

As we head swiftly into April, with weeks rather than months of the season left, it’s hard not to drag out a cliché or two. “If you’d told us in August we’d be top…..”, “6 point gap, game in hand….”, “it’s in our own hands…” But realistically, who wouldn’t rather be in Chelsea’s position right now? And yet, for weeks, it’s been one grumble after another about lack lustre performances as confidence wavers on and off the pitch. So what’s the score?
Good teams lose, they also under perform for periods of time, it happens. It’s not the end of the world although there’s certainly been suggestions it might signal the beginning of the end. Catastrophising much? Read more »