CHELSEA v Manchester United: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: 7th February 2016
Kick-off: 16:00 GMT

Today’s late game brings Manchester United to Stamford Bridge. Not their favoured ground with only one win from the last 13 visits but at least they come off the back of a convincing win against Stoke.
Chelsea, 13th in the table at the start of the weekend, might feel less assured from previous home form against United given we couldn’t get more than a point at Watford last time out, in one of the most lacklustre games from a season of many.
Whilst unbeaten under Guus Hiddink, realistically we’ve only turned in 3 wins and still don’t look up for the fight. Talking of fights, our last five meetings with United have produced four red cards so you’d have to assume Diego Costa will make some headlines today – as could former Chelsea man Juan Mata, without a goal or assist in 12 games is well overdue a standout game.

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Watford v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: Vicarage Road
Date: Wednesday, 3 February
Kick-off: 19:45 GMT

Tonight’s game sees us travel to Watford, where Hiddink’s second spell in charge started with a draw. Chelsea are unbeaten since then and we looked good in our 5-1 win at the weekend, albeit against MK Dons.
Watford are unlikely to be as charitable as the weekend’s opponents though and our defence would do well to take note of Odion Ighalo’s run of 7 goals in his last seven Premier League games at home.
3 points on my birthday would do nicely though!

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Arsenal v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: Emirates Stadium
Date: Sunday, 24 January
Kick-off: 16:00 GMT

Guus Hiddink inflicted Arsenal’s heaviest ever Premier League defeat at the Emirates when we won 4-1 there in May 2009, but whilst we travel back across the capital today, Hiddink will know these are very different times.
Arsenal won’t get a better opportunity to win the league than this season, with only City realistically to battle it out with. As for us, if we avoid the drop (and that’s not something I’m ruling out), I can’t see Roman letting us get in this position again either.
As far as today’s game goes, we just need to get through with it and hope it’s not too painful.

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CHELSEA v Everton: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 16 January
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

This afternoon’s game sees us play host to Everton and like every other side that comes to Stamford Bridge these days, the Toffees will be coming for the win. Martinez might not have a good record against us here but his Everton side have only lost once on their travels this season.
Chelsea, on the other hand, whilst possibly a little happier with Hiddink around aren’t exactly any more consistent. Unbeaten in a handful of games we might be, but winning we ain’t! And to call our performance against West Brom in midweek lacklustre, would be flattering us in the extreme.
Lets just hope the homecoming for Romelu Lukaku isn’t too happy!

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CHELSEA v Scunthorpe: FA Cup Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Sunday, 10 January
Kick-off: 14:00 GMT

During his first stint in charge in 2009, Guus Hiddink led Chelsea to FA Cup glory in a 2-1 win over Everton. Having blown even a European place this season, he’s hoping for domestic silverware at least, so we can expect the current interim manager to field a strong side as we play host to Scunthorpe.
Although 14th in the Premier League, Chelsea are unbeaten in four for the first time this season and certainly played more in the manner we’d expect against Palace in their last game. Scunthorpe meanwhile sit 15th in League One after 25 games and have been in mixed form of late, winning three, drawing four, and losing three of their last 10 games in all competitions. Mind you, it’s worth noting they’re unbeaten on the road in four outings, so there’s no room for complacency on our part.
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Crystal Palace v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: Selhurst Park
Date: Sunday, 3 January
Kick-off: 13:30 GMT

Our first game of the new year sees us take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in the early kick-off.
Last time out against Manchester United was absolute torture to watch and in all honesty United could, and probably should, have been out of sight by half-time. The jury is still out on whether us coming out of the game with a point was more by luck than judgement.
For Palace, it’s been two successive goalless draws, with them lacking a clinical finish up front but not lacking any presence at the back.
Despite Chelsea’s decent record against Palace, with nine wins against them in the Premier League, we’ve lost 2 of the last 4 meetings so we’re going to have to hope the players have resolved to kick-off our season in 2016.

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Man United v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: Old Trafford
Date: Monday, 28 December
Kick-off: 17:30 GMT

In view of our record away at Old Trafford, this fixture wouldn’t usually bother Chelsea as much as most teams. Ahead of today, we’re unbeaten in our last eight against them in the league and cup. That’s not a statistic United will want to hear either in their current form but then, given we’re sitting 10 points and 9 places behind them in the table right now, this isn’t your usual United-Chelsea game.
United can’t find goals, which is a bonus since we don’t appear too great at defending them. Chelsea, meanwhile are without Diego Costa who scored both of ours against Watford Boxing Day.

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CHELSEA v Watford: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 26 December
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

Our last game, against Sunderland, was probably the worst we’ll have to sit through this season – and god knows we’ve had to sit through enough dross. Obviously, we will always want to win – the point was, we wanted the same level of commitment under Jose Mourinho they managed to summon up without him last week. You’d have to think they got that message loud and clear, so it’s up to them what they do about it now.
This afternoon’s game against Watford won’t be anything like as easy, they’ve shown they have goals in them for a start and off the back of a win against Liverpool, the confidence will be all with them.

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CHELSEA v Sunderland: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 19 December
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

So much to say yet so little motivation to say it as we go into what should have been a straight forward game for us at home to Sunderland. We’re Premier League champions, Sunderland are sitting in the relegation places and this fixture last season ended in a 3-1 win. Things at Chelsea are anything but straight forward though, we’re 16th in the table, manager-less and playing like the Dog & Duck after a night on the lash.
Whether our players come out all guns blazing now, or opt for the victim role, it’s fair to say they’re unlikely to be feeling the Stamford Bridge love either way. Make no mistake though, Sunderland will come with the intention of doing what most other teams have this season – going away with points in the bag. It’s going to be a difficult but interesting one to watch.

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Chelsea’s Precious One’s Calling the Shots

My relationship with Chelsea Football Club is a love-hate one. Actually that’s not true, of course it’s not, but at times it’s a love-wind me up to the point I could headbutt a wall one. It’s a roller coaster of emotions I kid myself I want to get off sometimes but the reality is that’s not how football works. So whilst this week I’m furious with the club for sacking Jose Mourinho and even more disgusted with the players for leaving Chelsea with very little alternative, like the majority I’ll get over it and get on with supporting Chelsea in the same way I always have. It’ll just feel easier once the current crop of players have gone because I sit in the ‘players replicating a Dog & Duck XI to oust the manager’ camp. Read more »