Southampton 1-1 CHELSEA: No Luck, No Judgement

So, 1-all it finished but given our dominance in the second half and Fabregas’ yellow card for daring to be fouled in the area, we can probably consider ourselves unlucky not to have taken all 3 points at St Mary’s. On the other hand, some say you make your own luck – and we didn’t do enough of that on the day.
Here’s the round-up:

There’s a full match report from the official Chelsea FC
Sports Mole does some match analysis
BBC Sport bring us Jose’s view
Whilst Sky Sports have Koeman’s thoughts
Goals and highlights come courtesy of Soccer Blogger
And give us their player ratings

Southampton v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: St Mary’s Stadium
Date: Sunday 28th December
Kick-off: 14:05 GMT

This afternoon’s early kick-off sees us travel to St Mary’s for an away fixture against Southampton. The Saints come into this game back up to fourth in the Premier League after their four-game losing streak was put to bed with back to back wins over Everton and Crystal Palace. Their defeats, of course, came against City, Arsenal and United, so Koeman will be looking for his players to demonstrate their ability to stand up against at least one of the top four.
With just one win from their last ten against us, Southampton don’t have the best record against us in the Premier League until now, although Shane Long, with 3 from his last four starts in the Premier League against us might be one to keep an eye on. And with a defence that’s kept six clean sheets in their nine home games so far this season, if we let them in, they’re almost certain to shut up shop.
Of course, we go into this game off the back of a very impressive win over West Ham on Boxing Day, where the 2-0 scoreline really flattered the visitors. That was at home though whilst away, we’ve won just two of the last five. Let’s just hope our fortunes at St Mary’s continue.
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CHELSEA v West Ham: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Friday, 26 December
Kick-off: 12:45 GMT

Today’s early Boxing Day kick-off sees us play host to West Ham. They frustrated us in this fixture early in 2014 when they came and parked their bus, or should that be coach and horses after Jose’s ’19th century’ comments?
This time round, West Ham come into the game fourth in the league and with four wins from their last five games. They also come with Sam Allardyce intent on showing us exactly which century they play their football in.
Chelsea and Jose Mourinho meanwhile, come into this one after a solid, if physical game against Stoke City to give us back the three point lead over City at the top.

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Happy Christmas Blues

The Chelsea Blog would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy, Happy New year

Stoke v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: Britannia Stadium
Date: Monday, 22 December
Kick-off: 20:00 GMT

I’m not a fan of games on a Monday night, even less so when we’ve had to wait it out with City winning at the weekend and drawing level with us in the table. Not that we should be worrying what the opposition are doing necessarily but in terms of what we’re doing, we’ve let a pretty comfortable gap slip away to nothing – or at least it could be nothing unless we get a win tonight.
Our players will have to acknowledge that pressure alongside the knowledge that nothing is exactly what we came from this fixture with last season. Stoke meanwhile, who’ve given Arsenal and City a hard time already this season will throw everything at us in an effort to see history repeated at the Britannia.

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CHELSEA 2-0 Hull: Points Deserved

There was an abundance of bookings in this one yesterday, some justified, some less so. A fully deserved red card for Huddlestone, a completely unjust booking for Costa again and overall, a ref who completely lost control of a game in which a couple of our players embarrassed us a bit. At the end of the day though, we came away with all 3 points and that was justified.

There’s a full match report from the Official CFC
There’s match analysis from Sports Mole
Jose shares his thoughts with BBC Sport
Sunday Express bring us Steve Bruce’s opinion
Goals and highlights come courtesy of Soccer Blogger
And the Daily Mail give us their player ratings

CHELSEA v Hull: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 13 December
Kick-off: 15:00

In spite of press reports predicting we were just about washed up after we’d lost our first game of the season to Newcastle last week, our response against Sporting Lisbon should have demonstrated we’re some distance from being on the ropes yet. Of course, we’ll play this game without Fabregas and Courtois although Matic is back and even with a much changed side midweek, we already seemed to be playing with a bit more freedom with that ‘unbeaten’ monkey off the players backs.
After failing to score in his last 4 games in all competitions though, Diego Costa should prepare himself to be put out to pasture if he has the audacity not to score again today because he’ll surely be auctioned off.

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CHELSEA v Sporting Lisbon: Champions League Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Wed 10 December
Kick-off: 19:45 GMT

It’s probably just as well we’re already through to the knockout stages of the Champions League because after our first defeat of the season against Newcastle at the weekend, it’s a cert we’d have been written off.
Tonight though, whilst Jose Mourinho will use the opportunity to rest a few players, Sporting Lisbon need a draw to guarantee they go through in second place. Should we win and Schalke beat Maribor, it’ll be Roberto Di Matteo’s side who progress.

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Newcastle v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: St James’ Park
Date: Saturday, 6 December
Kick-off: 12:45 GMT

Back to the North East for today’s early kick-off against Newcastle and we’ll be looking to improve on the last visit there this afternoon. Not an easy task though, bearing in mind Newcastle will undoubtedly raise their game for this one, in addition to the little matter of a Mourinho Chelsea team never having won a league game at St James’s Park.
Pardew has done his best to pile on the pressure, insisting we can’t stay unbeaten indefinitely. Sod all the ‘invincible’ stuff though, we just want 3 points!

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CHELSEA v Spurs: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Wednesday, 3 December
Kick-off: 19:45 GMT

After weeks of hearing about the runaway train that was Chelsea, it was almost as if there’d been a total derailment on Sunday after our draw against Sunderland. And as far as the media was concerned, with both sides of Manchester having a decent weekend, we’d gone from the Invincibles to the Invisibles in the space of 90 minutes. In fact, add United’s win again last night putting them within 8 points of us, we should probably just concede the title and be done with it now.
Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on the result) for the lot of them though, we have a game against Spurs tonight that could put the brakes on their latest bandwagon. It’s a game we have to go into without Diego Costa after he racked up his fifth yellow against Sunderland at the weekend, so we’ll have to hope Didier hasn’t lost his passion for scoring against the North London lot.

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