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PREVIEW: WATFORD VS CHELSEA

Key Stats Chelsea are unbeaten in 13 matches against Watford in all competitions since a 1-0 Premier League defeat in September 1999. This will be both Watford and Chelsea’s first fixture on a Monday since they played out a 4-3 thriller in May last year, won by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. All three of Chelsea’s Premier League goals at Vicarage Road have come in the 80th minute or later – a 92nd-minute winner by Salomon Kalou in 2007, and goals by Michy Batshuayi and Diego Costa in 2016. Chelsea’s 50-point tally after 25 games this season is 10 fewer than at this stage last season on their way to the title. Chelsea have won only two of their nine competitive matches in 2018. Chelsea have won five consecutive Premier League matches played on a Monday since a 2-2 home draw against Tottenham Hotspur in May 2016. Only Manchester…

PREVIEW: CHELSEA VS BOURNEMOUTH

Key Stats Chelsea are unbeaten in eight league games (W5, D3), their longest such run since March 2017. Chelsea could keep five consecutive Premier League clean sheets at Stamford Bridge for the first time in three years. Eden Hazard has scored in all four of #Chelsea’s Premier League wins against Bournemouth, amassing five goals in total. (via BBC Sport) Predicted Line-up Caballero; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Alonso; Pedro, Hazard, Barkley Prediction A real worry is that Chelsea don’t have a single striker in their squad, with Michy Batshuayi now out on loan at Dortmund, and new boy Olivier Giroud unavailable. Eden Hazard has struggled in the false nine position and it’s difficult to see where the goals will come from. 1-0

PREVIEW: CHELSEA VS NEWCASTLE

Key Stats Chelsea have progressed past Newcastle in five of their last six FA Cup ties, with the Blues winning 1-0 in their most recent FA Cup encounter in 2006 thanks to a John Terry goal. Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 10 FA Cup games against Premier League opponents at Stamford Bridge (W8 D2), with Arsenal the last side to beat them on their home turf in a sixth-round replay in March 2003. Newcastle are looking to reach the FA Cup fifth round for the first time since 2006, with the Magpies falling at this stage last season, losing 3-0 to Oxford United at the Kassam. In fact, Newcastle have been eliminated in each of their last four FA Cup fourth round ties. Chelsea have reached the FA Cup fifth round in 17 of their last 19 seasons, only failing to do so in 2010/11…

PREVIEW: ARSENAL VS CHELSEA

Key Stats This will be the fifth meeting in all competitions between the two sides this season – the third time they’ve met five times in a single campaign and first since 2003-04 (also 1946-47). After failing to reach the final in five of their first six League Cup semi-finals in which they failed to win the first leg, the Gunners have progressed from two of the last three. Chelsea have lost just once in their last eight away games versus Arsenal in all competitions (W3 D4 L1). Arsenal and Chelsea have both made the League Cup final on seven previous occasions – only four teams have reached the final more times (Liverpool 12, Man Utd 9, Aston Villa 8, Spurs 8). (via Sky Sports) Predicted Line-up Caballero; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rüdiger; Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Pedro Prediction Arsenal are in good form…

PREVIEW: BRIGHTON VS CHELSEA

Key Stats Brighton have lost their last seven games against Chelsea in all competitions, failing to score in six of them. Brighton’s only win against Chelsea came in the first meeting in 1933, a 2-1 home victory in the FA Cup. Chelsea could go three league away games without a win for the first time under Antonio Conte. Chelsea could also remain winless in their opening three Premier League matches of a calendar year for the first time in 23 years. Chelsea’s only away victory in six league and cup matches was 3-1 at Huddersfield Town on 12 December (W1, D4, L1). Chelsea have lost just one of their 27 Premier League matches as reigning champions versus promoted opposition (W21, D5). (via BBC Sport) Predicted Line-up Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rüdiger; Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Alonso; Willian, Batshuayi, Hazard Prediction Chelsea are desperate for their first…

REPORT: CHELSEA 1-1 NORWICH (5-3 ON PENS)

Chelsea survived another late scare from Norwich but managed to progress to the next round of the FA Cup on penalties. Antonio Conte picked the same attack and midfield that started at Carrow Road two weeks ago, but there was one change in defence, with Ethan Ampadu coming in for Antonio Rüdiger. Chelsea’s first attempt at goal came after seven minutes, but Danny Drinkwater’s shot whistled a few yards wide of the post. Our summer signing once again tried his luck from distance at the midway point of the first half, forcing Angus Gunn to make a stunning fingertip save to diverted it onto the crossbar. It was the closest the Blues had come to scoring. The visitors also came close 10 minutes before the break, when Nelson Oliveira hit the woodwork with a stunning strike from the edge of the box. The scores remained goalless at half-time. Michy Batshuayi…

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