Everton v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Saturday 23rd December, 2017
Venue: Goodison Park
Kick-off: 12:30 GMT

Today’s early kick-off sees us travel to Goodison Park to take on an Everton side looking like they have a clue again under Sam Allardyce. Everton are unbeaten in their last five, with four wins and a draw, so it’s probably fair to say normal service has resumed after a disastrous start this season.
For Chelsea, we’ve lost just one from the last ten games but we’re not what I’d call consistent and with Alvaro Morata out following the harshest of yellow cards against Bournemouth, and Conte more likely to play with a false nine than he is to put Batshuayi in, goals might be hard to come by for us.
As for Allardyce, he’ll be trying to extend his record against us to five clubs.

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CHELSEA v Southampton: Preview

Date: Saturday 16th December, 2017
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

After picking ourselves up, or being pulled up by the boss after last weekend’s disaster against West Ham, we looked more like ourselves against Huddersfield midweek. As Conte pointed out though, with City beating everything in front of them, and us blowing hot and cold, the chances of us retaining this title are slim to just about none.
Today’s opponents are no more consistent though, with a battling display in a narrow defeat to Arsenal followed by an absolute thumping from Leicester in the past week. It’s worth remembering though that whilst the Saints have also won just two of their 40 top-flight matches away against the reigning champions, one of those was us in 2015. And whilst we’re on notes of caution, another fact worth bearing in mind is that all but one one our nine Premier League defeats under Conte have come in London.

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West Ham v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Saturday 9th December, 2017
Venue: London Stadium
Kick-off: 12:30 GMT

Today’s early kick-off sees us take the short trip to the London Stadium to take on a West Ham side who pushed the runaway league leaders pretty hard in their last game. They’ll be feeling more confident having kept City to a narrow win but they’re still 8 games without a win.
Chelsea, on the other hand, are unbeaten in 7 league games but just weren’t clinical enough against Atletico midweek. We’ve conceded just four goals in our last seven games in all competitions but as we all know only too well, there’s nothing like a London derby to turn even the poorest opposition into world beaters for a day.

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Chelsea aiming to crank up the pressure on Manchester pair

Chelsea visit West Ham United on Saturday aiming to stay in touch with the two Manchester clubs at the top of the Premier League.

Antonio Conte’s side trail table-topping City by 11 points and United by three, but with their title rivals set to clash at Old Trafford on Sunday they have an opportunity to crank up the pressure with a victory at the London Stadium.

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CHELSEA v Newcastle: Preview

Date: Saturday 2nd December, 2017
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 12:30 GMT

After our frustrating game against Swansea on Wednesday night, today’s early kick-off sees us play host to Newcastle at Stamford Bridge. I say frustrating because aside from decisions being less than favourable, and Swansea setting themselves out to defend in numbers, it was another game where we just didn’t make the most of the chances we did have – and we’re not going to keep getting away with that.
Newcastle, on the other hand, got themselves a point against West Brom from a 2-goal deficit, so they might be buoyed coming into this one. Naturally I hope we put a stop to any sense of security that draw might have given them. In fact, I’d be delighted to see us batter them. We’re due a decent win, we need a decent win and quite frankly, we need to bestow as much misery on Benitez as he did on us.

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Liverpool v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Saturday 25th November, 2017
Venue: Anfield
Kick-off: 17:30 GMT

Today’s game sees the 55th meeting in all competitions between Liverpool and Chelsea since the turn of the century, with us taking the trip to Anfield for the late kick-off.
Liverpool come into the game off the back of a mid-week slip up against Seville in the Champions League where another defensive disaster turned a comfortable 3-0 lead into a 3-3 draw. Chelsea meanwhile, have had a day less to prepare after the much longer trip to Baku midweek resulted in a more fruitful 4-0 win against Qarabag.
In Liverpool’s corner, there’s Coutinho who might want to get himself in the shop window for the New Year sales and obviously there’ll be much talk of Salah ahead of this game. Fair play to the man, he’s in great form for Liverpool but “the one that got away”? behave! He was a very different player during his spell at Chelsea, whatever his goal tally at Liverpool. In the Chelsea corner, there’s the blossoming relationship between Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas which has flourished since the return of N’golo Kante.
Undoubtedly plenty of talent on show and a hard one to call, which is probably why most of the predictions have called it a draw or a marginal home win.

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West Brom v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Saturday 18th November, 2017
Venue: The Hawthorns
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

Our return from the last international break saw us lose to a Crystal Palace side who couldn’t win an argument before our game, this time back from the break its West Brom.
West Brom, like Palace, aren’t in a good place. With no win from nine games and just 10 points from 11 games, the Baggies are in the sort of form that saw them relegated in the 2005-06 season.
Chelsea meanwhile, come into the game off the back of a win against Manchester United before the break and will be carrying fond memories of this fixture last season. The Baggies can all too often be relied on to cause an upset though, so let’s hope memories of the Palace game are more prominent in our players’ minds.

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CHELSEA v Manchester United: Preview

Date: Sunday 5th November, 2017
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 16:30 GMT

After a 3-0 defeat against Roma midweek in what was quite probably our worst performance under Antonio Conte to date, this afternoon’s game sees us back home against Mourinho’s Manchester United. Probably not the fixture we’d have wanted when we need to get back on track but it gives the red tops the opportunity for a few corny fireworks headlines.
Whilst we come into today’s game off the back of a dressing down from Roma, United supporters make the trip after a bit of a dressing down themselves. Not that a bit of criticism from the manager will bother them, they had a win in Europe midweek and sit second to City in the Premier League, which might explain the selective hearing.
You won’t hear them complain if he sends them out to ‘not lose’ against us today either – particularly if they win.

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Bournemouth v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Saturday 28th October, 2017
Venue: Vitality Stadium
Kick-off: 17:30 BST

After getting ourselves back to winning ways against Watford last weekend in the league and Everton midweek in the cup, today’s late game takes us to the Vitality Stadium.
Bournemouth might be hanging around the bottom of the table but they come into the game off the back of a win against Stoke, so could be on the upturn at the wrong time for us. Chelsea have already lost 3 times in their 9 opening games – as many as we’ve lost in two of the last four seasons but whilst today’s opponents have had a win against us in the last couple of years, we did beat them comfortably home and away last season.
We should watch out for Defoe though, as the only player to score in the Premier League against us for four different clubs already (Tottenham, West Ham, Sunderland and Portsmouth).

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CHELSEA v Watford: Preview

Date: 21st October 2017
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 12:30 BST

We had a disaster against Palace last weekend and did our best to have another one when we threw away a 2-goal lead against Roma midweek, today it’s back home in the Premier League, with Watford the visitors.
The Hornets don’t have a great record against us, and it’s 18 years since their last win over us in the Premier League but they sit above us in the table going into today’s game after their best start in the Premier League to date. Their away form so far this season should also be noted, with 3 wins and a draw from four games.
As for us, we go into the game having lost our last 2 in the league, so a third will only ever lead to mass hysteria. We had a tough game midweek, with Luiz and Bakayoko left struggling with muscle problems and the gaping hole left by Kante’s stretched ever wider with each game. But it’s not the injuries taking their toll, or even the number of outgoings over the summer leaving us with a squad resembling a paddling pool in terms of depth, it’s the absence of big characters to take these games, and their team-mates by the scruff of the neck.
Whether Conte has pointed that out to them over the past few days or not, we’ll have to wait and see – just as long as he’s told them to play to the whistle rather than the clock against Silva’s late scorers!

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