Burnley v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Sunday 12th February 2017
Venue: Turf Moor
Kick-off: 13:30 GMT

Today’s game sees us travel to Turf Moor to take on a Burnley side who’ve turned their home ground into somewhat of a fortress. So, somewhat of a potential banana skin for us against a side with 7 straight wins at home. Having said that, Burnley haven’t done so well on Sunday’s, losing all 4 played so far, whereas we’ve won five and drawn one from our six.
After yesterday’s results where Spurs dropped points, the mindset of our players will play a viral part today, in a game that could either leave us 12 points away from the pack or just the 9 points and kicking ourselves all the way back to Stamford Bridge.

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CHELSEA v Arsenal: Preview

Date: Saturday 4th February 2017
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 12:30 GMT

Today’s early kick off sees us take on an Arsenal side who thumped us 3-0 in September. Mind you, when we suffered that defeat, we were in a very different place to the one we find ourselves in going into this game. When we went to the Emirates, Arsenal were three points ahead of us, yet a defeat today would leave them 12 points behind.
Thanks to the management of Antonio Conte, a change in formation and a change in mentality, we go into this game top of the table with 13 wins from 14 at home in all competitions. Arsenal meanwhile, come into today’s game off the back of a defeat at home to Watford and Wenger won’t want them dropping any more points here if they’re to keep up with the chasing pack.

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Liverpool v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Tuesday 31st January 2017
Venue: Anfield
Kick-off: 20:00 GMT

Tonight’s game sees us travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have crashed out of both cups and have failed to win their last three in the Premier League, leaving them ten points adrift of us going into tonight’s game. Chelsea meanwhile, saw off Brentford in a comfortable FA Cup fixture at the weekend and have won the last 2 in the league after the slip up against Spurs.
We should bear in mind, the side that went out to Wolves won’t be the side we face tonight, with Klopp doing everything in his power to have Mane back on the pitch for this one, for a return to his strongest XI – and it’ll be an XI that won’t want the poor run to continue.

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CHELSEA v Hull: Preview

Date: Saturday 22nd January, 2017
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 16:30 GMT

Today’s game sees us play host to Hull City off the back of their convincing win against Bournemouth last time out.
Of course, our last game against today’s opponents was the start of our 13 game winning run and after our slip against Spurs, we’ll be hoping last week’s impressive performance against Leicester was the start of another successful spell.
Hull meanwhile have won 2 out of their last 3 in all competitions but have lost their last 8 away, so we’ll be trying to extend that to 9 for them as we go for our 9th successive home win as Costa and Conte rebuild the bromance.

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Leicester v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Saturday 14th January, 2017
Venue: King Power Stadium
Kick-off: 17:30 GMT

Today’s late game sees us away at Leicester, with the current champions 28 points behind us instead of the 17 ahead they were at the same stage last year. But whilst Ranieri and Leicester’s season isn’t going as well as they might have hoped, they showed against City they’ve still got some fire in their bellies.
As for Chelsea, after 13 consecutive wins the defeat when it came last week was all the tougher to take because it was Spurs ending the run. Add to that, the rumours surrounding Diego Costa being whipped up by the press, and you’d have to think this game will show us just how much character we really do have.

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Tottenham v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Wednesday 4th January, 2017
Venue: White Hart Lane
Kick-off: 20:00 GMT

Tonight’s game sees us take the trip across London to White Hart Lane, to visit a Tottenham side who have typically found some form right before we play.
Spurs have won their last 4, and 5 of the last 6 and they’ll undoubtedly be looking for revenge after their defeat at Stamford Bridge in November. Add to that the way we p*ssed all over their fireworks last season and Pochettino will quite probably stop at nothing to end our thirteen game winning run.

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CHELSEA v Stoke: Preview

Date: Saturday 31st December, 2016
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

Our last game of the season sees us at home to Stoke City.
Mark Hughes’ side has struggled for consistency so far this season and come into the game with no win from the previous four after what looked like a half-decent spell. Of course Chelsea are on a run of 12 wins from 12 and despite the absence of both Diego Costa and N’golo Kante against Bournemouth on Boxing Day, looked no less solid.
On a run like ours though, we’re there to be beaten and having taken a point off us in this fixture last season, Hughes will be setting Stoke out to do what he’s so far failed to do as a manager against us himself – take all 3 points away from Stamford Bridge.

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CHELSEA v Bournemouth: Preview

Date: Monday 26th December 2016
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

This afternoon’s Boxing Day fixture sees us at home to 10th place Bournemouth.
Chelsea will go into this game at the top of the table and a bit of breathing space, thanks to 11 previous wins in a row. Bournemouth, on the other hand, come into the game off the back of a defeat by Southampton, so they will be looking to take something away from this one.
The Cherries have failed to win 9 of their last 10 away from home this season although we shouldn’t forget they became the first newly-promoted side to beat us at home in 14 years last season with a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge.
It’s also worth bearing in mind Diego Costa has been involved in 51% of our 35 league goals this season, and both him and N’Golo Kante sit this game out through suspension.

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Crystal Palace v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Saturday 17th December, 2017
Venue: Selhurst Park
Kick-off: 12:30 GMT

Today’s early kick off sees us take the short trip to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace and whilst we’re riding on confidence with ten straight wins, Palace aren’t doing quite so well. This time last season it was us struggling in 16th and Palace sitting 6th in the table but with one win in ten, Crystal Palace are taking up 16th spot coming into the game.
Our last couple of games have been about patience, focus and even a bit of digging in to get the result. Neither were blessed with an abundance of goals and you’d have to suspect this could be another one of those games. Not that we’ll necessarily walk away with 3 points on this occasion, because with Christian Benteke’s record against us, the 1-all predictions might not be far off the mark.

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Sunderland v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Wednesday 14th December, 2016
Venue: Stadium of Light
Kick-off: 19:45 GMT

After our well-fought 9th successive win at the weekend, where we really had to dig in to get something from a resilient West Brom, tonight it’s a trip to the Stadium of Light to take on Sunderland.
Of course, this is another game where the weight of expectation is all on us to win given its top against bottom but there’ll be plenty of us who know what a potential banana skin this fixture is – and it wouldn’t be the first time either. Not only do Sunderland seem to do ok against top four opposition when they’re not expected to, they’re also unbeaten at home against us in the last 3 and beat us in this fixture in May.
Definitely not a forgone conclusion here.

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