Middlesbrough v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Sunday 20th November, 2016
Venue: Riverside Stadium
Kick-off: 16:00 GMT

We’ve come through the International break just about unscathed, so today it’s back to the Premier League and a trip to the Riverside Stadium.
With five wins on the spin, we could have done without the break, whilst Boro haven’t exactly been struggling in recent games either. Whilst the form guide looks a bit hot and cold, it needs to be remembered this is a Boro side that has already given City and Arsenal a run for their money this season.
We’ll just have to hope the break hasn’t disrupted our momentum!
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CHELSEA v Everton: Preview

Date: Sat 5th November, 2016
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 17:30 GMT

Today’s late game sees us at Stamford Bridge, playing host to Ronald Koeman’s Everton.
Last season, this one ended all square at 3-all after John Terry’s late equaliser in the 98th minute left us a lot happier than the Toffees. We’ve been a bit quicker off the mark in recent games, with goals early doors setting out our stall and our new formation shutting out any response.
Despite Costa’s 3 goals in 3 Premier League games against Everton previously, their defence are likely to be better prepared today, with only Spurs letting in fewer goals than the Toffees so far this season. So if Conte is to get a fifth successive win in the league, we’ll have to hope he’s done more homework than Koeman.

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Southampton v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Sunday 30th October, 2016
Venue: St Mary’s Stadium
Kick-off: 16:00 GMT

This afternoon’s game sees Chelsea make the trip to St Mary’s to face a Southampton side in decent form. Not only have they won their last five games at home in the league and cup but they’re unbeaten at St Mary’s since February 2016.
Of course, it was Chelsea who came back from a goal down to win that particular fixture 2-1 and the midweek game to West Ham aside, we’ve not looked too shabby ourselves lately. Our current run of three league wins without conceding is our best in almost two seasons.
Before Conte decided on 7 changes for the league cup, Chelsea had scored 9 goals in 3 games – 4 of them against United last weekend – without response, thanks to Conte’s new set up defensively keeping things nice and tight at the back. Mind you, whilst Southampton have failed to stop us scoring in our last 13 meetings, this season, only Spurs have conceded fewer goals than the Saints.
Unlikely to to be a goal fest, so I suspect it will either come down to individual error losing it or individual brilliance deciding it.

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CHELSEA v Manchester United: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday 23rd October, 2016
Kick-off: 16:00 BST

Roman Abramovich and Jose Mourinho have undoubtedly played a massive part in Chelsea’s most recent successes, yet without Matthew Harding’s investment, belief and genuine love for the club, Chelsea might never have been in the position they are today. So, whilst those scrabbling around for headlines are making the usual meal over the history between Jose Mourinho and Chelsea for today’s game, for Chelsea, the only significant history this weekend will be the anniversary of Matthew Harding’s death. Yesterday marked 20 years since the tragic events unfolded after that league cup game to Bolton and Chelsea learned they’d lost the vice-chairman always regarded by supporters as one of their own and today, his memory will be honoured at Stamford Bridge.
The visit of Manchester United is always a big fixture, irrespective of who might be managing them. This season, that position happens to be filled by Jose Mourinho and whilst it might have been the club we’d have least liked to see him at, we’ve moved on. Antonio Conte has been asked a few questions since he filled Mourinho’s seat at Stamford Bridge and going into today’s game, he’ll undoubtedly be hoping to have answered a few more by the end of it.
Whilst Mourinho spent United’s millions on big names over the summer, in an effort to undo some of the damage LVG inflicted on the squad, Antonio Conte’s resources saw him raise eyebrows by bringing in Alonso alongside the returning David Luiz. Raised eyebrows or not though, Conte has started to shape that proverbial sow’s ear into something resembling a silk purse in recent games. Whether the stitching that held firm against Hull and Leicester is as resilient against United and Ibrahimovic who scored in both his Champions League appearances against us for Paris St-Germain last season is another matter though.

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Chelsea v Manchester United Preview: Can Conte mastermind a win against Mourinho?

Chelsea vs Manchester United Prediction, Betting Odds & Preview ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixture.

Chelsea vs Manchester United
English Premier League 2016/17
23rd October, 2016, 16:00 BST
Stamford Bridge, London

Chelsea team news and preview

Chelsea welcome an old friend in Jose Mourinho to Stamford Bridge on Sunday. The Portuguese will be leading out Manchester United in a fixture that has almost always been a top-of-the-table clash in the past decade. Things may have changed slightly, but the sense of immense occasion still remains.

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CHELSEA v Leicester: Preview

Date: Saturday 15th October, 2016
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 12:30 BST

Today’s early kick-off sees Chelsea play host to Leicester City and it might be a meeting between the champions from the last two seasons but you’d have to be familiar with the Premier League to know that, given neither side are showing the form of title winners so far this season. For Chelsea, today will be about trying to avoid back-to-back home defeats in the league for the first time since 2011. Whilst the current champions will be trying to avoid four out of four straight away defeats in the league.
Last season, our draw against Spurs gave Leicester the title. Today, I’d like to see a lot less benevolence.

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Hull v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Saturday 1st October, 2016
Venue: KC Stadium
Kick-off: 15:00 BST

This afternoon’s game sees Chelsea take the trip to face Hull City but whether we hot-foot it to the KC Stadium or drag our heels is another matter.
Unfortunately, whilst we might have looked at this game as a dead cert for 3 points at the start of this campaign, the ghosts of last season have come back to haunt us in our last few league games. By ghosts, I mean Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic given they looked like extras from the walking dead against Arsenal last weekend. Although to be fair, with the exception of Diego Costa, any one of our players out there could have auditioned.
After last week’s disaster of a game, I noted Roman had hired Antonio Conte, not Paul Daniels and aside from someone kindly pointing out that particular magician wasn’t the best example to use, the Chelsea boss has also clarified he doesn’t even have a magic wand in his possession. So it would seem there’ll be no sprinkling of fairy dust from the dugout today and it’ll be up to our players to get their acts together. Magic Hat anyone?

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Arsenal v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Saturday 24th Sept, 2016
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Kick-off: 17:30 BST

This evening’s game sees us take the short trip to the Emirates to take on Arsenal. We’ve been a thorn in Wenger’s side for quite some time and the Arsenal boss didn’t do any better against Conte in their last meeting either, when Conte’s Juventus knocked Arsenal out of the Champions League.
On current form though, Arsenal are having the better time of it, winning their last 3 in the League. Chelsea meanwhile lost to Liverpool in the last league game, off the back of a draw against Swansea. Antonio Conte looked a bit bemused with some of the decisions called in that one, but given the way Wenger’s side rack up reds in this fixture, I’m hoping decisions follow the usual trend today and Conte has less to look puzzled about.

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Chelsea: Patience and Perspective Needed

Chelsea’s first three games of the season looked promising. Even the draw against Swansea could be put down to poor officiating but last night, after some early season dizziness, we came back down to earth with less of a bump and more of a crash. Quite where our expectations have come from I’m not sure, this is virtually an unchanged side from the one that limped home mid-table in May. Yet the fallout after last night’s defeat suggests many believe we could, and probably should have done better.
Here we had a Liverpool side who’s start to the season has seen them draw with Spurs and totally thump Arsenal and Leicester. A side with a manager who’s had the benefit of time to understand their strengths and weaknesses and more importantly, the time to embed not just new players but to instil the most vital ingredient in any side – team spirit. This then, up against a Chelsea side who’s players ended last season, pretty much the way Kell Brook ended his encounter with Gennady Golovkin. Read more »

CHELSEA v Liverpool: Preview

Date: Friday 16th September, 2016
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 20:00 BST

The tantrums after last weekend’s draw against Swansea have barely subsided and we’re already back in action for tonight’s game at home to Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp’s side have struggled for anything resembling consistency in their first four games, with the edge just taken off high-scoring wins against Arsenal and Leicester, by a defeat to Burnley.
Whilst they’ve been tested with 3 of their 4 games against last season’s top three, our biggest battles seem to have been with the officials so far. Accuse me of bias, but some things never change and last week’s game against Swansea ended with far more focus on the ref than any game should have. Not that we helped ourselves either because the game should have been put to bed by half-time anyway.
We’ll need to be a lot more clinical if we’re to get a result tonight. After a 3-1 win in this fixture last season and full of themselves off the back of a 4-0 win against the current Champions, Liverpool will undoubtedly turn up with enough confidence for both of us.

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