CHELSEA v Manchester United: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday 23rd October, 2016
Kick-off: 16:00 BST

Roman Abramovich and Jose Mourinho have undoubtedly played a massive part in Chelsea’s most recent successes, yet without Matthew Harding’s investment, belief and genuine love for the club, Chelsea might never have been in the position they are today. So, whilst those scrabbling around for headlines are making the usual meal over the history between Jose Mourinho and Chelsea for today’s game, for Chelsea, the only significant history this weekend will be the anniversary of Matthew Harding’s death. Yesterday marked 20 years since the tragic events unfolded after that league cup game to Bolton and Chelsea learned they’d lost the vice-chairman always regarded by supporters as one of their own and today, his memory will be honoured at Stamford Bridge.
The visit of Manchester United is always a big fixture, irrespective of who might be managing them. This season, that position happens to be filled by Jose Mourinho and whilst it might have been the club we’d have least liked to see him at, we’ve moved on. Antonio Conte has been asked a few questions since he filled Mourinho’s seat at Stamford Bridge and going into today’s game, he’ll undoubtedly be hoping to have answered a few more by the end of it.
Whilst Mourinho spent United’s millions on big names over the summer, in an effort to undo some of the damage LVG inflicted on the squad, Antonio Conte’s resources saw him raise eyebrows by bringing in Alonso alongside the returning David Luiz. Raised eyebrows or not though, Conte has started to shape that proverbial sow’s ear into something resembling a silk purse in recent games. Whether the stitching that held firm against Hull and Leicester is as resilient against United and Ibrahimovic who scored in both his Champions League appearances against us for Paris St-Germain last season is another matter though.

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Chelsea v Manchester United Preview: Can Conte mastermind a win against Mourinho?

Chelsea vs Manchester United Prediction, Betting Odds & Preview ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixture.

Chelsea vs Manchester United
English Premier League 2016/17
23rd October, 2016, 16:00 BST
Stamford Bridge, London

Chelsea team news and preview

Chelsea welcome an old friend in Jose Mourinho to Stamford Bridge on Sunday. The Portuguese will be leading out Manchester United in a fixture that has almost always been a top-of-the-table clash in the past decade. Things may have changed slightly, but the sense of immense occasion still remains.

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CHELSEA v Leicester: Preview

Date: Saturday 15th October, 2016
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 12:30 BST

Today’s early kick-off sees Chelsea play host to Leicester City and it might be a meeting between the champions from the last two seasons but you’d have to be familiar with the Premier League to know that, given neither side are showing the form of title winners so far this season. For Chelsea, today will be about trying to avoid back-to-back home defeats in the league for the first time since 2011. Whilst the current champions will be trying to avoid four out of four straight away defeats in the league.
Last season, our draw against Spurs gave Leicester the title. Today, I’d like to see a lot less benevolence.

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Hull v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Saturday 1st October, 2016
Venue: KC Stadium
Kick-off: 15:00 BST

This afternoon’s game sees Chelsea take the trip to face Hull City but whether we hot-foot it to the KC Stadium or drag our heels is another matter.
Unfortunately, whilst we might have looked at this game as a dead cert for 3 points at the start of this campaign, the ghosts of last season have come back to haunt us in our last few league games. By ghosts, I mean Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic given they looked like extras from the walking dead against Arsenal last weekend. Although to be fair, with the exception of Diego Costa, any one of our players out there could have auditioned.
After last week’s disaster of a game, I noted Roman had hired Antonio Conte, not Paul Daniels and aside from someone kindly pointing out that particular magician wasn’t the best example to use, the Chelsea boss has also clarified he doesn’t even have a magic wand in his possession. So it would seem there’ll be no sprinkling of fairy dust from the dugout today and it’ll be up to our players to get their acts together. Magic Hat anyone?

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Arsenal v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Saturday 24th Sept, 2016
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Kick-off: 17:30 BST

This evening’s game sees us take the short trip to the Emirates to take on Arsenal. We’ve been a thorn in Wenger’s side for quite some time and the Arsenal boss didn’t do any better against Conte in their last meeting either, when Conte’s Juventus knocked Arsenal out of the Champions League.
On current form though, Arsenal are having the better time of it, winning their last 3 in the League. Chelsea meanwhile lost to Liverpool in the last league game, off the back of a draw against Swansea. Antonio Conte looked a bit bemused with some of the decisions called in that one, but given the way Wenger’s side rack up reds in this fixture, I’m hoping decisions follow the usual trend today and Conte has less to look puzzled about.

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Chelsea: Patience and Perspective Needed

Chelsea’s first three games of the season looked promising. Even the draw against Swansea could be put down to poor officiating but last night, after some early season dizziness, we came back down to earth with less of a bump and more of a crash. Quite where our expectations have come from I’m not sure, this is virtually an unchanged side from the one that limped home mid-table in May. Yet the fallout after last night’s defeat suggests many believe we could, and probably should have done better.
Here we had a Liverpool side who’s start to the season has seen them draw with Spurs and totally thump Arsenal and Leicester. A side with a manager who’s had the benefit of time to understand their strengths and weaknesses and more importantly, the time to embed not just new players but to instil the most vital ingredient in any side – team spirit. This then, up against a Chelsea side who’s players ended last season, pretty much the way Kell Brook ended his encounter with Gennady Golovkin. Read more »

CHELSEA v Liverpool: Preview

Date: Friday 16th September, 2016
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 20:00 BST

The tantrums after last weekend’s draw against Swansea have barely subsided and we’re already back in action for tonight’s game at home to Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp’s side have struggled for anything resembling consistency in their first four games, with the edge just taken off high-scoring wins against Arsenal and Leicester, by a defeat to Burnley.
Whilst they’ve been tested with 3 of their 4 games against last season’s top three, our biggest battles seem to have been with the officials so far. Accuse me of bias, but some things never change and last week’s game against Swansea ended with far more focus on the ref than any game should have. Not that we helped ourselves either because the game should have been put to bed by half-time anyway.
We’ll need to be a lot more clinical if we’re to get a result tonight. After a 3-1 win in this fixture last season and full of themselves off the back of a 4-0 win against the current Champions, Liverpool will undoubtedly turn up with enough confidence for both of us.

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Swansea v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Sunday 11th September, 2016
Venue: Liberty Stadium
Kick-off: 16:00 BST

Back from an international break we could have done without, this afternoon’s return to Premier League action takes us to the Liberty Stadium to face a Swansea side who kept their first clean sheet against us since 1981 when we last met in April.
In this fixture just a few months ago, Swansea ended Hiddink’s unbeaten run with a 1-0 win.
This time around, it’s Antonio Conte in charge and the new Chelsea boss could become the fourth Blues manager to win his opening four Premier League games if he succeeds where Hiddink failed towards the end of last season.
Today’s opposing managers are no strangers, with Antonio Conte unbeaten against Francesco Guidolin in their Serie A meetings. And Chelsea are no strangers to winning their first four league games either, having achieved this in all four of their title-winning seasons: 2004-05, 2005-06, 2009-10 and 2014-15.
No pressure Antonio!

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CHELSEA v Burnley: Preview

Date: Saturday 27th August, 2016
Venue: Stamford Bridge’
Kick-off: 15:00 BST

This afternoon’s game sees us play host to Burnley at Stamford Bridge.
A nice little fixture at this point in the season maybe? Not so, if their last game is anything to go by. Because, whilst today’s visitors didn’t see a lot of the ball against Liverpool last week, when they did get hold of it, they made made the most of the leaky defence they were up against, coming away with only 19% of the possession but all of the points in a 2-0 win.
With our defence looking badly in need of reinforcements we don’t seem to be able to entice in right now, we might need a bit more of the Fabregas magic this afternoon.

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Watford v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Saturday 20th August, 2016
Venue: Vicarage Road
Kick-off: 15:00 BST

This afternoon’s game sees up travel to Vicarage Road to take on Watford.
Our first game of the season Monday night was harder than it should have. We were head and shoulders the better side against West Ham in a game with more than one controversial decision. Positives for us from that game, besides 3 points, were performances from Hazard and Kante on the pitch and the performance off the pitch from new boss Antonio Conte.
Watford put in a decent first shift against Southampton in their opening game to secure themselves a point, and with today’s managerial opponents hardly the best of friends, we can probably expect everything to be thrown at this one as well.
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