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PREVIEW: CHELSEA VS NORWICH

Key Stats Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 14 games against Norwich – a run that stretches back to December 1994 (W10, D4). Norwich have failed to score in six of their last eight visits to Chelsea, netting just two goals whilst conceding 22. Chelsea were last knocked out in the FA Cup third round in 1998, which is the longest unbeaten run of any team at this stage. Chelsea are yet to win in 2018 having drawn all four games: 2-2 v Arsenal (h); 0-0 v Norwich (a); 0-0 v Arsenal (h); and 0-0 v Leicester (h). Chelsea have recorded three consecutive 0-0 draws in all competitions for the first time in their history. (via BBC Sport) Predicted Line-up Caballero; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Ampadu; Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Kante, Kenedy, Willian, Batshuayi, Pedro Prediction The players know they need to play so much better than…

REPORT: CHELSEA 0-0 LEICESTER

Chelsea slumped to a third consecutive 0-0 draw for the first time in their history, as Leicester proved to be the better side at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Captain Gary Cahill started in the heart of our defence, replacing Andreas Christensen. Meanwhile, Danny Drinkwater made way for Tiemoue Bakayoko. The visitors came out flying and put Chelsea’s defence under pressure early on, with Shinji Okazaki, Jamie Vardy and Marc Albrighton all having shots blocked in quick succession. Thibaut Courtois produced a stunning save in the 10th minute, when he managed to parry Wilfred Ndidi’s header away with an outstretched arm to keep the score level. Chelsea struggled to get out of their own half, and a tame shot from Cesc Fabregas was the only real attempt the Blues had in the opening 15 minutes. Riyad Mahrez and Vardy were both denied by last-ditch blocks from Gary Cahill, who…

PREVIEW: CHELSEA VS LEICESTER

Key Stats Chelsea have only lost once in 26 league games against Leicester at Stamford Bridge since 1965. That was a 2-0 defeat in September 2000 (W16, D9, L1). Chelsea have won seven successive home games in the league, keeping five clean sheets during that run. Antonio Conte has won 25 of his first 30 Premier League home fixtures as manager, a joint record with Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti. Mourinho and Ancelotti both failed to win their 31st home games in charge. Chelsea are unbeaten in six league matches home and away, earning 14 points out of a possible 18. N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater played in 37 and 35 league matches respectively for Leicester during the club’s 2015-16 title-winning season. Marcos Alonso has scored 12 Premier League goals since the start of last season, more than any other defender. (via BBC Sport) …

REPORT: CHELSEA 0-0 ARSENAL

Chelsea were held to yet another draw against Arsenal on Wednesday night, putting pressure on the Blues going into the return leg at the Emirates Stadium. Antonio Conte picked all his big guns for the game, including Alvaro Morata, who sat out in our game against Norwich City. The Spaniard has an opportunity after just two minutes, but the angle was too night and he put the ball into the side netting. The game was evenly matched in the opening 15 minutes, with both teams keeping possession well without really creating any chances. Alexandre Lacazette was played in by Jack Wilshere with just over 20 minutes played, but a wild shot from Arsenal’s £46million summer signing denied the away side an opening goal. Two minutes later, Victor Moses found himself in space down his right flank and tested David Ospina in goal with a good strike. The…

PREVIEW: CHELSEA VS ARSENAL

Chelsea face Arsenal for the second time in seven days as the Blues prepare for their Carabao Cup semi-final clash against the Gunners at Stamford Bridge. A late equaliser in the game in January 3rd denied Chelsea a win at the Emirates, and with this round being played over two legs, Antonio Conte’s men will undoubtedly looking to take an advantage into the away match. Arsenal has become a bit of a bogey team for the Italian manager, who has only beaten them once in six meetings, including a defeat in the FA Cup final. He will be able to pick from a fully fit squad on Wednesday, apart from new signing Ross Barkley, who is still working on a return to action. Arsenal meanwhile will be without Sead Kolasinac, Olivier Giroud, Nacho Monreal and Laurent Koscielny. All eyes will be on Alvaro Morata, who missed as…

REPORT: NORWICH 0-0 CHELSEA

Chelsea were held to a goalless draw at Norwich on Saturday and face an FA Cup replay at Stamford Bridge in two weeks’ time. David Luiz returned to the side for the first time since November, and there were also starts for Kenedy and Michy Batshuayi. A poor strike from Kenedy after three minutes was the only notable – notable being an exaggeration – chance in the opening quarter of an hour. It was quite obvious that David Luiz hadn’t played in two months, when he gave the ball away with a poor touch and Alex Pritchard almost scored for the hosts. Norwich’s main thread came down the left hand side, where Josh Murphy had a great game against Davide Zappacosta and put the Chelsea defence under pressure in numerous occasions. Chelsea looked a lot more energised going into the second half. Batshuayi had two shots saved in quick…

PREVIEW: NORWICH VS CHELSEA

Chelsea’s FA Cup campaign gets underway on Saturday with a trip to Carrow Road to face Championship side Norwich City. The last meeting between the sides was back in March 2016, when Chelsea won 1-2 away from home thanks to goals from Kenedy and the now departed Diego Costa. In fact, Chelsea haven’t lost against Norwich since December 1994, when the Canaries won 3-0 against a Blues side managed by Glenn Hoddle. Antonio Conte is bound to rest some of his star players in this game, and the likes of Ethan Ampadu, Michy Batshuayi and maybe even the returning David Luiz will almost certainly start. On paper, this should be a comfortable victory, considering Chelsea have progressed from 20 of their last 21 FA Cup ties against non-Premier League sides. Norwich do have one danger man, however, who has caused Chelsea many headaches in the past. Steven Naismith…

REPORT: ARSENAL 2-2 CHELSEA

Chelsea (3-5-2): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Moses (Zappacosta 56′), Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas (Drinkwater 71′), Alonso; Hazard (Willian 82′), Morata Unused: subs Caballero, Rudiger, Pedro, Batshuayi Scorers: Hazard pen 67, Alonso 84 Booked: Fabregas 43, Courtois 89

PREVIEW: ARSENAL VS CHELSEA

Chelsea’s first game of 2018 is a London derby against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night. The fixture back in September, at Stamford Bridge, didn’t produce a single goal and both teams will be hoping to pick up a massive three points this time around. Arsene Wenger’s side have been fairly inconsistent this season. They currently sit in sixth place, seven points behind Chelsea, having already lost five games in the Premier League this season. The Gunners also face an injury crisis going into this fixture, with Santi Cazorla, Olivier Giroud, Sead Kolasinac, Nacho Monreal and Aaron Ramsey all not fit to play. Meanwhile, Mesut Ozil and Laurent Koscielny are also doubts. Chelsea have beaten Arsenal at the Emirates more than any other side, and the Blues should be confident going into this fixture. Eden Hazard, who was rested against Stoke City, is expected to…

REPORT: CHELSEA 5-0 STOKE

Chelsea finished the year in style with a 5-0 win over Stoke City at Stamford Bridge, in one of the most one-sided game we have seen so far this season. Eden Hazard was benched ahead of a busy January schedule, starting with an away game at Arsenal on January 3rd. Andreas Christensen was not quite ready to start yet, following his illness in midweek, so captain Gary Cahill kept his place at the heart of our defence. It took Chelsea just three minutes to take the lead, when Victor Moses was brought down for a free-kick on the right wing. Willian crossed the ball invitingly for Antonio Rüdiger, who headed the ball past Jack Butland. Stoke were incredibly poor in the opening minutes and gave away another goal six minutes later – although this time, there wasn’t much their defence or goalkeeper could have done. The…

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