Match Preview : Crystal Palace vs Chelsea

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Crystal Palace have now lost four of their last five home league matches and it doesn’t get any easier as they welcome Chelsea on Saturday. The Eagles are only three points above the bottom three and have lost three of their last four at home to Chelsea.

Chelsea have won 10 league games in a row and have already secured more victories this season than they managed in the whole of last season. They are the team to beat in the Premier League and it’s hard to see where they will next drop points. Naijabet.com

They have only managed 1-0 wins in each of their last two matches, which may be a concern for Antonio Conte, but the run shouldn’t stop here.

Team News

Crystal Palace – Jason Puncheon missed Crystal Palace’s 2-1 win over Manchester United on Wednesday through suspension and should return to the side here. His return may see Alan Pardew revert to his more usual XI.James Tomkins, Bakary Sako, Pape Soaure, Connor Wickham, Jonathan Benteke and Steve Mandanda are all long-term absentees, while Loic Remy lacks match fitness.

PL Match Preview : Chelsea vs West Bromwich Albion

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Chelsea continue to impress and are now three points clear at the top of the Premier League after their 3-1 win away to Manchester City last weekend. Eight league wins in a row is their best run of form in a single season since 2007, when they won nine in a row.

West Brom are also in top form and have even scored more goals (20) than Manchester United this season (19). From the start of November only Chelsea (12) have won more points in the league than the Baggies (10), so this is not an easy fixture for Conte’s men.

Chelsea have actually only won one of their last six against West Brom, and with the Baggies playing their best football in some time, may not extend their winning run here. Naijabet.com

Team News

Chelsea – Chelsea come into Sunday’s home meeting against West Brom with fresh injury concerns. Nemanja Matic missed their 3-1 win overManchester City with a muscle problem sustained in training, while Pedro and Diego Costa were forced off during the match with knocks.

All three are expected to recover in time to start, although Cesc Fabregas and Willian are on standby. Oscar, however, is ill and will not feature.

PL Match Preview : Manchester City vs Chelsea

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This eagerly anticipated fixture will see two of the most tactically astute managers come together in what could land an early blow in the destination of the Premier League title.

Chelsea have won each of their last seven matches in the Premier League and are currently one-point clear of Manchester City ahead of Saturday’s early kick-off.

Antonio Conte’s side have only conceded one-goal in that time, meaning City will need to be at their best to break down Chelsea’s defence. Naijabet

City, meanwhile, have only kept two clean sheets all season and aren’t in their best moment despite being unbeaten in their last six league matches.

Each of their last two matches have only been settled by a one-goal margin and they will need to improve if they are to become the first team to stop Chelsea from winning since September.

PL Match Preview : Chelsea vs Tottenham

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Six successive wins has lifted Chelsea to the top of the table, though they could be third by the time this match kicks off. However, they will be confident of topping the Premier League by the close of play on Saturday having not lost a league game at home to Tottenham since 1990.

Spurs have won only one of their last nine competitive outings and were knocked out of the Champions League in midweek. They will look to exact revenge on Chelsea having seen their title hopes ended in the 2-2 draw between the pair in west London back in May.

Chelsea don’t look like conceding at present and should inflict further misery upon an out of sorts Spurs side. Naijabet.com

Teams News

Chelsea – Kurt Zouma and Marco van Ginkel are both lacking match fitness for the hosts, though are Antonio Conte’s only injury concerns.

Match Preview : Middlesbrough vs Chelsea

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Middlesbrough have earned two impressive draws against Arsenal and Manchester City in their last three matches when using a 4-5-1 formation. They are expected to opt for the same tactics against a rampant Chelsea side.

Chelsea have won each of their last five matches at an aggregate scoreline of 16-0. They have been immense since switching to 3-4-3 and it will take a huge effort from the home side to take points from Antonio Conte’s side here. The fact Eden Hazard and Diego Costa come into this fixture with slight knocks could help them, however.

These two sides haven’t met since 2013 but Chelsea have won each of their last six matches against Middlesbrough, and ominously, haven’t conceded a goal in that time. In fact, Boro haven’t scored against Chelsea since 2006 when Mark Viduka and Emanuel Pogatetz gave them a 2-1 win over Chelsea. It’s hard to see them getting anywhere close to that result on Sunday. Naijabet.com

Team News

Middlesbrough – Middlesbrough can welcome back Gaston Ramirez to the team after he missed their 1-1 draw with Manchester City through suspension.

Match Preview : Chelsea vs Everton

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Chelsea have kept four clean sheets in a row and are now one point off top spot after switching to a 3-4-3 formation.

Everton secured their first win in four last time out and will now be eyeing an upset when they travel to Stamford Bridge, although the loss of Idrissa Gueye and the absence of James McCarthy as cover may prove detrimental to their chances.

Chelsea are unbeaten in their last six home matches against Everton and it should stay that way this weekend. Naija and Bet

Team News

Chelsea – Marco van Ginkel and Kurt Zouma have stepped up their return to first team action after featuring for the U23s, but they aren’t expected to recover in time for the weekend.

All in all, Antonio Conte isn’t expected to make any changes to the side that has kept four clean sheets in a row in the Premier League. This could even mean Pedro keeps out Willian.

Everton – Maarten Stekelenburg missed their 2-0 win over West Ham through injury and it remains to be seen if he will recover in time to regain his place on Saturday.

Idrissa Gueye will miss the trip to Stamford Bridge through suspension after picking up his fifth booking of the season last time out. This is a huge blow for Ronald Koeman’s side.

The Everton manager could tinker with his formation and match Chelsea’s system, having already reverted to three at the back earlier in the season.

Ross Barkley has been dropped in back games already this season and Koeman may do so again if he fails the attacking midfielder’s knack of losing possession will harm his team’s chances.

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Match Facts

Chelsea are undefeated in their last 22 home matches against Everton in all competitions.

Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in their last 4 matches in Premier League.

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 8 of Chelsea’s last 9 home Premier League games .

Chelsea have won their last 4 matches (Premier League).

Chelsea have scored at least 2 goals in 8 of their last 10 matches (Premier League).

Chelsea have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 3 matches (Premier League).

Everton have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches against Chelsea in all competitions.

NaijaBet Odds

As at this post Chelsea has 1.58 odd to win the match on NaijaBet  while Everton has 5.69 odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 4.22.

Match Preview : Southampton vs Chelsea

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Southampton have only suffered one defeat in their last 10 matches and that came in the Europa League away to Serie A giants Inter.

Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat in midweek to West Ham was the first time they’ve failed to win in their four matches. In league competition, Chelsea have failed to concede in their last 320 minutes of action.

Southampton have only won one of their last five home matches against Chelsea and that came way back in 2013.

Claude Puel’s side have the firepower to hurt Chelsea, but getting those chances against this resilient backline may prove difficult. Naijabet.com

Team News
Southampton – Ryan Bertrand and Matt Targett are still doubts for Southampton so Sam McQueen could retain his spot at left-back.
 

Match Preview : Chelsea vs Manchester United

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Chelsea have won both of their last two matches since changing to a back three and that looks to have given the team a new lease of life.

They have also kept a clean sheet in both of those matches but Sunday’s clash with Manchester United will serve their new formation its first real test.

Jose Mourinho will be desperate to get one over on his former club after being sacked by Chelsea in December. He returns to Stamford Bridge for the first time since his dismissal and only the second time ever as the opposition manager.

He took his Inter side there in March 2010 and recorded a 1-0 win en route to winning the Champions League with the Serie A giants.

United are unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions but haven’t won at Stamford Bridge since October 2012. The away side cannot afford to drop many more points if they want to challenge for the title this season, which means a win is almost mandatory here. Naija and Bet

Mourinho and Conte’s paths have only crossed on one occasion (Atalanta vs Inter in December 2009) in which the match finished as a draw. That looks like the most likely outcome here, but you wouldn’t be surprised to see the ‘Special One’ enjoy a special return to Chelsea.

Team News

Chelsea – Willian missed their win over Leicester last weekend following the death of his mother and it remains to be seen whether he is in the right frame of mind to return this weekend. Pedro is on standby to retain his place if Antonio Conte is without the Brazilian.

Match Preview : Chelsea vs Leicester

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Leicester are one of only three teams yet to win a single point away from home this season. The Foxes have conceded the most goals away from home in the Premier League this season after shipping four goals in successive away matches before the international break.

Chelsea stopped a run of three straight league matches without a win to beat Hull before the international break, which coincided with Antonio Conte using a three-man defence for the first time.

The home side are unbeaten in their last six matches against Leicester at Stamford Bridge, which doesn’t bode well for a Leicester side that are struggling on their travels this season. Naijabet.com

Team News

Chelsea : Antonio Conte is expected to have John Terry back after the Chelsea captain missed their last four matches because of an ankle injury.

Should Terry be available to start, it remains to be seen whether Conte will persist with the three-man defence he used before the international break.

Willian will not feature this weekend after the sad loss of his mother. Victor Moses could be pushed further forward in his place. Pedro is another option in attack.

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John Obi Mikel featured for Nigeria during the international break and will be available for selection this weekend.

Leicester : Shinji Okazaki says he has overcome the ankle injury he suffered during the international break. Claudio Ranieri has hinted he will rotate his squad ahead of their trip to Stamford Bridge with one eye on their Champions League match against Copenhagen next week.

The likes of Demarai Gray, Andy King and Okazaki could profit as a result.

Match Fact

Chelsea have seen over 2.5 goals in 8 of their last 10 matches against Leicester in all competitions.

Leicester have been losing at both half time and full time in their last 3 Premier League away matches .

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 6 of Chelsea‘s last 7 home games in Premier League.

Leicester have lost their last 3 away Premier League matches this season.

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Leicester‘s last 3away games (Premier League).

Chelsea are undefeated in 10 of their last 11 matches against Leicester in all competitions.

Leicester have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 3 away Premier League matches.

NaijaBet Odds

As at this post Chelsea  has 1.56 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Leicester City  has 5.33 odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 4.17

 

Chelsea vs Burnley preview

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Willian has returned to training with Chelsea ahead of their Premier League clash with Burnley on Saturday.

The midfielder had been struggling with a calf injury at the start of the season, and will have his fitness checked ahead of the Stamford Bridge meeting.

Blues boss Antonio Conte has also warned his side to be wary of the counter-punches the Clarets used so effectively in beating Liverpool last weekend.

“It’s incredible as only one year ago people were paying attention to the possession ball. But against Liverpool Burnley had 25 per cent and Liverpool had 75 per cent, and yet the result is 2-0 to Burnley!

“So for this reason I told my players to pay attention. I hope the team will push to win. This is the English league and every game is very tough.” Naijabet.com

Burnley were the surprise package in the Premier League last Saturday with their 2-0 victory over the Reds last weekend, but crashed out to Sky Bet League Two side Accrington Stanley in the EFL Cup on Wednesday.

However, the Clarets know they can compete at Stamford Bridge, picking up a late 1-1 draw there on their last visit in a stormy encounter that saw Nemanja Matic sent off.

Team news

Chelsea centre-back Kurt Zouma remains sidelined with a knee problem while boss Antonio Conte also has another injury worry, but he would not name the player concerned.

Thibaut Courtois, John Terry, Oscar, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa should return to the starting line-up after dropping out for the midweek EFL Cup win over Bristol Rovers.

Burnley are expected to be back at full strength after the midweek loss to Accrington Stanley when Sean Dyche made 10 changes to the team that drew with Liverpool.

Tom Heaton, record signing Steven Defour and Andre Gray will be among those coming back in, although Ashley Barnes (hamstring) will remain out alongside Liverpool loanee Jon Flanagan, who is not ready to play a full game so soon after completing 120 minutes on Wednesday night.

Opta stats

Chelsea are unbeaten in their four Premier League meetings with Burnley, winning three and drawing one.

Burnley have found the back of the net in all but one of their last eight clashes with the Blues in all competitions (a 3-0 top-flight defeat to Chelsea in August 2009).

Branislav Ivanovic scored in both league meetings in 2014/15, the last season the two sides met.

Chelsea have won the Premier League title in both of the previous seasons Burnley were in the division.

Burnley have conceded just one goal in their last five Premier League matches (three of which were in May 2015, the other two in August 2016).

The Blues have lost just one of their last 45 Premier League home games against newly-promoted opposition, but this came last season versus Bournemouth (0-1).

Diego Costa has scored seven goals in nine Premier League appearances for Chelsea in the month of August.

Burnley have picked up just two points from 11 previous visits to London in the Premier League (W0 D2 L9), scoring six times and conceding 28 goals.

Antonio Conte is currently unbeaten in 29 successive league home matches as a club manager (W27 D2 L0), last suffering a home defeat in January 2013 (Juventus 1-2 Sampdoria).

George Boyd has run the furthest (24.9km) and made the most sprints (166) in the Premier League so far this

season.

NaijaBet Odds

As at this post Chelsea has 1.19 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Burnley  has 14.33 odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 6.21