Southampton vs. Chelsea, Match Preview, 27-02-16

Predicted XI’s

Southampton: Forster, Cédric, Fonte, van Dijk, Bertrand, Clasie, Davies, Long, Ward-Prowse, Mane, Pelle

Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Ivanovich, Cahill, Baba, Fabregas, Mikel, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Diego Costa

Southampton’s season has somewhat turned around in the last 6 games. Their 4-0 defeat of Arsenal was an undoubted highlight of a pretty rubbish Christmas period that saw defeats to Tottenham, West Ham and more worryingly Norwich. Yet Koeman used the January window effectively, bringing in Charlie Austin for a snip at £4million, whilst Southampton went on to find a bit of form once more.

Their victory against Swansea last time out in the Premier League was Southampton’s 6th game unbeaten, and whilst defeat in the FA Cup all but ended any potential silverware for the season, Koeman admitted after the Swansea game that it “…looks like another great season…” for Southampton. Continue reading “Southampton vs. Chelsea, Match Preview, 27-02-16”

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Could a cup run be Chelsea’s catalyst?

Chelsea Predicted XI

Begovic, Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Baba Rahman, Mikel, Matic, Pedro, Fabregas, Willian, Diego Costa

The FA Cup last year didn’t go so well for Chelsea. That 4-2 defeat at home to Bradford City was a bizarre and unfortunate afternoon for the Champions elect. Yet now the resonance of that afternoon rings loud and clear.

Over the period between Christmas and New Year Chelsea would be on the back end of two traumatic afternoons of the football; the 5-3 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur and the aforementioned game against Bradford City. With hindsight, however these two momentary blips of sub-par performance take on greater importance when you look at the Chelsea team today. Continue reading “Could a cup run be Chelsea’s catalyst?”

‘Welcome Back to the Premier League Mr Hiddink’ – Chelsea vs. Watford, 26-12-15

Predicted XI’s

Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Matic, Willian, Oscar, Pedro, Diego Costa

Watford: Gomes, Nyom, Britos, Cathcart, Holebas, Abdi, Watson, Capoue, Jurado, Ighalo, Deeney

Well what a 10 days it has been if you are a Chelsea fan. After seeing the ‘Happy One’ leave last week, Stamford Bridge last weekend against Sunderland became the nation’s most public Christmas pantomime as the Matthew Harding Stand booed their villains and chanted the name of their own personal messiah. For any manager watching in the stands and waiting in the wings to take over it would have made for quite an unsettling experience but Guus Hiddink has been here before. It was back in 2009 that Guus saved the day the first time, taking over from ‘Big Phil’ Scolari after Mourinho’s faithful lieutenants on the pitch decided he wasn’t the man to lead their team any longer. This is a very different atmosphere however for the Dutchman the second time around. Continue reading “‘Welcome Back to the Premier League Mr Hiddink’ – Chelsea vs. Watford, 26-12-15”