PSG v CHELSEA: Champions League Preview

Venue: Parc des Princes

Date: Wednesday 2 April

Kick-off: 19:45 BST

After a dire performance against Crystal Palace at the weekend we could probably do without a trip to France to face PSG right now, particularly a PSG side with the likely pairing of Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic running us ragged anyway. That’s just tough though, because that’s what we’re up against tonight in the UEFA Champions League quarter final first leg.  A French side unbeaten in their last 28 European matches at home, dating back to November 2006 and a side who have invested heavily in talent of late, so no pressure!

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Technology companies combine to unveil revolutionary robotic referee

Betfair has today launched the first ever robotic referee prototype, with plans to open talks with the Premier League and FIFA in the close season.

Using the technology expertise which has allowed them to continually revolutionise sports betting, Betfair has worked with Tab Fire Labs – a sport technology company in the same space as Hawk Eye – to develop the device in the hope of revolutionising football.
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Crystal Palace v CHELSEA: Preview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Venue: Selhurst Park

Date: Saturday, 29 March

Kick-off: 15.00 GMT

Jose Mourinho must be surprising a few people this season. Aside from him getting the hump against Villa – which he was perfectly entitle to do given Foy’s ‘performance’ – he’s a more relaxed version of our old Special One. More than that though, he has us playing football that’s a pleasure to watch.  We still have a defence as tight as a Scots wallet under Jose and even without the ‘proper’ striker there’s been so much made of this season, our attacking play is, at times, a thing of beauty.

Today though, might be one of those scruffy games we just have to grind out a result because we may ‘only be playing Palace’ with both the history and form books pointing to an easy 3 points but Tony Pulis has done a decent job of turning round a side destined for the drop not so long ago. Arsenal, Spurs and United have all found them hard to beat but then this is a side fighting to stay in the Premier League – and we can’t afford another Villa! Read more »

CHELSEA v Arsenal: Preview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Date: Saturday, 22 March

Kick-off: 15.00 GMT

 The press might want to pile on the pressure with talk of not just Mourinho’s unbeaten run in ten meetings with Arsene Wenger but also his record 75 game unbeaten run at Stamford Bridge but given this is Arsenal and there’s really no love lost here, all we really want is to get on with the job in hand without the pantomime. Read more »

Chelsea vs Arsenal: Preview, Team News and Prediction

With a plot fit for the most epic of sport fiction novels, Chelsea’s highly anticipated match against Arsenal this Saturday is riddled with added intrigue, with the two title contenders set to slug it out on a backdrop of high emotion and drama.

Arsene Wenger’s 1000th game for Arsenal will be played out at Stamford Bridge of all places, with the ‘specialist in failure’ given the chance to silence his nemesis Jose Mourinho, the man who has never lost a league game at home for Chelsea.

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CHELSEA v Galatasaray: Preview


Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: 18 March 2014
Kick-off: 19.45 GMT

With Chelsea’s lack of strike force this season, there’ll have been plenty of times we’ve longed for Didier Drogba back but none of us would have opted to see him back in someone else’s colours. That’s how it is though because tonight we see our former Ivorian striker running towards us on Galatasaray’s behalf in the Champions League.
With the first-leg a couple of weeks ago finishing 1-1 we have the smallest of advantages but even a minor slip-up would wipe that out, so our defence will have to work their socks off against the 35 year old if we’re going to progress to the quarter finals. Read more »

Aston Villa v CHELSEA: Preview


Venue: Villa Park
Date: Saturday, 15 March
Kick-off: 17.30 GMT

Given our recent form against Villa and our run of 14 games unbeaten, on paper this fixture could look like a formality for us – particularly with Villa struggling for anything resembling consistent form at home.
The trouble with Chelsea though, is that all too often in games we don’t put in the full 90 minutes – and it’s frustrating, as Jose’s silent treatment at half-time against Fulham testified. That being the case, there’s always the danger someone will capitalise on that sooner or later. Let’s hope today isn’t that day. Read more »

Chelsea Supporters Making A Stand?


Chelsea Supporters Trust are jointly running a survey to gather Chelsea supporters’ attitudes to Safe Standing at football grounds in collaboration with other Chelsea supporter organisations, blogs and fanzines including:

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The survey will take about 5 minutes to complete and ends Sunday 16th March. To complete the survey click here.

Further information about Safe Standing can be obtained from the Football Supporters Federation Safe Standing Campaign and the Safe Standing Roadshow or have a look at this video:

CHELSEA v Spurs: Preview

Venue:Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 8 March
Kick-off: 17.30

Despite Jose Mourinho’s insistence we can’t really be classed as genuine league leaders because of City’s games in hand, you’d have to think that with us currently 4 points clear at the top of the table and Arsenal and City both in FA Cup games this weekend, we won’t get a better opportunity this season to put some real daylight between us and the other title contenders.
For us, it’s a visit from Spurs, with their new manager attempting to put any pressure our way with the insistence that whilst we’re probably not good enough to bear City to the title, we’re fully expected to take three more points today. Read more »

David Luiz should mimic Chelsea legend, or risk being shipped out to Barca

With Carlos Puyol announcing his retirement at the end of this season, Barcelona have renewed their interest in Chelsea defender David Luiz and, according to the latest reports, the Catalan giants are weighing up a €30million bid for the Brazil international.

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