Can Chelsea beat Manchester City on Saturday?

Chelsea start the weekend three points behind joint Premier League leaders Manchester City and Manchester United.

Our opening day defeat to Burnley following the dismissals of Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas had been an early hinder to the defence of our title.

A disappointing draw at home to Arsenal a fortnight ago was followed up by the 4-0 thrashing of Stoke City last weekend.

Our performance and 2-1 victory over Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night showed we’re back to the form we showed last season in running away with the Premier League title.

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Stoke v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Saturday 23rd September, 2017
Venue: bet365 stadium
Kick-off: 15:00 BST

This afternoon’s game sees us take on a Stoke side with five points from five games so far this season and just three wins from their last 16 in the Premier League. Stoke also come into this game off the back of a midweek defeat to Bristol City in the League Cup.
Chelsea meanwhile had the luxury of resting players against Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night and still coming away with a decent win. This did come after a less than inspiring scoreless draw against Arsenal last weekend though and with Atletico Madrid and Manchester City up for us next, we could do with getting back to the momentum we had before the international break.
Stoke won’t make it easy for us to do that and Alvaro Morata is likely to be subjected to the customary welcome from Mark Hughes’ side although with five reds in our last nine games, we’ll be the ones having to watch our backs in what’s likely to be a bumpy ride.

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CHELSEA v Arsenal: Preview

Date: Sunday 17th September, 2017
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 13:30 BST

Today’s game sees us play host to an out of sorts Arsenal. They’ve had a couple of poor results in the league, most notably the thumping from Liverpool. It’s also six years since they’ve avoided defeat at Stamford Bridge, so predictably they’re being written off for this game.
The pessimists among us though, will remember they did beat Bournemouth last time out in the league and followed that up with a Europa win midweek. They’ve also beaten us in both the FA Cup and Charity Shield this calendar year, so this is by no means a foregone conclusion.

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Leicester v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Saturday 9th September, 2017
Venue: King Power Stadium
Kick-off: 15:00 BST

Thankfully another international break is behind us and it’s back to proper football this afternoon with a trip to the King Power Stadium.
Before the break, we looked like we might be getting into our stride, with wins against Spurs and Everton after a dodgy start against Burnley. Leicester meanwhile have had defeats to Arsenal and United either side of a win to Brighton, so they may have welcomed the break more than us.
On the plus side though, today could see the reunion of Drinkwater and Kante, as well as the return of Eden Hazard. Bring that on!

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CHELSEA v Everton: Preview

Date: Sunday 27th August, 2017
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 13:30 BST

After the hysterics that followed the Burnley game, last week quietened things down a bit, but the reality is it was Spurs at Wembley so the odds were always in our favour.
Today, it’s Everton and with Wayne Rooney back at a club where he’s genuinely valued, we’ll probably have a tougher test than last week. Of course, we’re already facing an uphill struggle with the league already won a week into the season and confirmed yesterday but like Spurs, we should probably try and mount some sort of a challenge.
On the plus side, Everton don’t have the best win record at Stamford Bridge although they’re not averse to holding out for a point – but we could do without dropping anymore if we’re going to keep the histrionics to a minimum.

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Chelsea vs Everton: Blues must continue momentum after Tottenham victory

Chelsea return to Premier League action on Sunday as Everton are the visitors to Stamford Bridge, with Antonio Conte’s men looking for three points to go into the international break with spirits high.

The Blues remain the team to beat this term after last season’s momentous Premier League title success, but retaining English football’s top crown looks set to be a more-difficult task in 2017-18.

Chelsea won the corresponding fixture 5-0 last term at Stamford Bridge but there are no suggestions that the London hosts will have it anywhere near as easy this time around.

Conte’s men go into the clash with Everton full of confidence after defeating Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Wembley last Sunday, with the odds with Sun Bets sports betting favouring another victory this time out for the defending champions.

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Tottenham v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Sunday 20th August, 2017
Venue: Wembley Stadium
Kick-off: 16:00 BST

I’m not sure who wrote the script for our opening game of the season but the critics have fallen over themselves to give their two-pence worth for the last week.
Conte’s not supported by the board, Conte’s the villain, Costa’s treated like a criminal, the title’s already gone to United, Willian’s not trusted….whatever angle there might, or might not be, we’ve read them all – and more – and at the end of the onslaught, Antonio Conte laughed his arse off.
Not that he was laughing last week though, and rightly so, because whatever the impact of yet another inept Premier League ref, we could and should have managed to see off Burnley. As a result of not doing so however, we go into today’s game right up against it. Not only have we got the press’ other favourite title contenders, but we will be going there without 2 more first team players after last week’s red cards.
We’ve been well and truly written off for this one, so Harry Kane will be rubbing his little co hands at the thought of breaking his August hoodoo and Spurs will undoubtedly be intent on exorcising their Wembley curse in the first Premier League game at Wembley.

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CHELSEA 2-3 Burnley: False Start for Chelsea

You know when the gun goes off at the start of a race and there’s someone with their foot trapped in the starting blocks and they try to free it but their shoe comes off? No me neither, but if Chelsea were Olympic sprinters……… get the picture.
It’s fair to say it took us a while to get out of the starting blocks yesterday and yet another red card thrown into the mix, this time for Gary Cahill, didn’t help much either. Was it warranted? Not for me, he was clumsy and over-zealous but there was no intent and it wasn’t reckless or out of control. Still, with red cards in 3 consecutive competitive games now, we’re getting used to playing with ten men – so our inability to hold off Burnley in the first half was pretty inexcusable. Read more »

CHELSEA v Burnley: Preview

Date: Saturday 12th August, 2017
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 15:00 BST

After a ‘summer’ of whinging, today sees the start of a new season – and probably more whinging, as we play host to Burnley.
Last weekend’s Community Shield didn’t go our way in the penalty shoot out and not only did we lose Pedro to an unnecessary red card but we’ve also lost him to an ankle injury, so he’s yet another player out of our ever-decreasing squad. Still, we only need 11 on the pitch, so we should still stretch to that requirement without the need to call in favours from the canteen staff.
Burnley, who won away just once in 21 attempts last season, have also lost some key players over the summer, so they might not be feeling overly optimistic of serving up our first opening-day defeat in 20 seasons. Having said that, stranger things have happened at Stamford Bridge.
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Arsenal 1-1 CHELSEA (4-1 pens): No ABBA fans here

As Community Shields go, it was more of a curtain twitcher than a curtain raiser but it gave the neurotic section of support a trial run to the supermarket for their pampers, so all was not lost. Read more »