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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Crystal Palace v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Saturday 14th October, 2017
Venue: Selhurst Park
Kick-off: 15:00 BST

So we’re finally back from the international break and it didn’t come without a cost. We were already missing Morata and looked toothless against City, now the internationals have cost us Kante as well. Conte doesn’t seem particularly keen on starting Michy Batshuayi in games but has had plenty of time to reflect on how worn out Hazard was in our last game, so he should bite the bullet for this one.
As for our opponents today, Palace are goalless after seven games and have Benteke out injured, so it probably goes without saying they’ll put in a Barcelona-esque performance this afternoon.

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CHELSEA v Man City: Preview

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

After the manner in which we went about our midweek win at Atletico on Wednesday night, the more optimistic among us could be forgiven for being mildly confident ahead of this game. The result midweek and the performance that got us there, is undoubtedly one of the stand out games by an English team in Europe in recent years.
Our miserable opening day against Burnley and the hysterics that came after it have faded from memories, as quickly as Diego Costa, thanks to Alvaro Morata although an abject display against Arsenal – coincidentally, also after a good win in Europe – will be fresher in the minds of us realists.
Manchester City have had another strong start to the season, they’re unbeaten in 14 league games since losing to us in April and with five or more goals in three consecutive top-flight games, they’re scoring for fun right now.
Add to that Pep Guardiola’s seven games against us as a manager without a win (Super Cup on penalties aside), and he will make sure they throw everything they have at us today.

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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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