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Legendary Arsenal winger Paul Merson is convinced, that Costa’s problems may cost Chelsea the title this season.

According to former England international, Diego Costa’s antics may ruin his career at Chelsea. What’s more Merson warns that because of the controversial behaviours of the Spaniard the Blues may lose the chance to defend the title during this campaign.

Merson wrote in his Daily Star column:

“He needs to play 30-odd games for them to win the league. But he won’t. Not after what happened against Arsenal,”

“He’s a marked man now after getting himself banned for three games for slapping Laurent Koscielny”

”The powers that be will be telling referees to watch him more closely, and the whole league will be trying to wind him up.”

”He will be banned again before the end of the season for sure now. And that will hurt Chelsea in the games he misses.”

”People will say: ‘Oh, he didn’t mean it. He’s not that type of player.’ Not with Costa. People expect it from him now.”


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Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic warns against too much enthusiasm before the game against Newcastle.

Even if Chelsea have won three consecutive games against Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Arsenal and Walsall,the Serbian player warns that even the Blues seems to be favourite in today’s match Newcastle may surprise them.

Matic told Chelsea’s official website:

”Newcastle are always a difficult opponent especially when they play at home”

”It really doesn’t matter where they are in the table. It’s going to be difficult and we have to be 100 per cent ready. In the Premier League every team can on their day play like the best team in the league, and I think when Newcastle play against Chelsea they have always have a special motivation.”

‘‘Winning the last three games has been very important for our confidence and now the next few games will be crucial. We are in a moment where we have to take all three points and give everything for that.’’

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Arsenal manager surprised everyone by saying that in his opinion Claudio Ranieri built the foundation for Chelsea’s success not Jose Mourinho.

According to the Arsenal coach, Chelsea already had a strong team when the Portuguese coach arrived at Stamford Bridge. What is more, Wenger is convinced that people are making a mistake saying that Chelsea’s supremacy started thanks to the Special One.

Arsenal will face Ranieri’s new team Leicester on Saturday, and during the pre-match press conference, the French manager has praised the Italian coach saying that Chelsea owes him a lot.

Wenger said:

”I remember them finishing second in the league with Ranieri and the team was upcoming with young players like John Terry and Frank Lampard who were the players that contributed to the success of Chelsea”

“I’ve followed his career because I have big respect for Claudio Ranieri. He’s a great manager and a great man.”

”I like him. He has served football in a very positive way. I think he deserves a lot of respect and I don’t see him as a “Tinkerman”

”Look at the team of Chelsea when he left: they all survived after. They were on the way up when he left.”

”Yes, he built the foundations. He did a great job. He bought Lampard; they had Terry, Desailly, Gallas. They had already a very strong team.”

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Chelsea youngster Lewis Baker has revealed, that he is really satisfied with the support he is receiving from the Blues while being on a loan at Vitesse.

Baker joined Chelsea as a nine-year-old in 2005. The midfielder subsequently progressed through Chelsea’s academy and on 5 January 2014, Baker made his professional debut as Chelsea player.

In January 2015 he was loaned out to Sheffield Wednesday, then to Milton Keynes Dons. Finally on 26 June 2015, Baker joined Vitesse on a season-long loan to gain first team experience abroad.

The youngster has praised Chelsea club for taking care of their starlets while there are on different loans.

Baker told Voetbal International :

”I’ve not spoken recently with Jose Mourinho, but he knows that I am in good hands”

”There is a group of scouts who follow us ( the loan players) in every game ”

”We receive specific match feedbacks and comments. It’s not like they say go to Arnhem and get on with it”

”They are quite professional”

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Arsenal defender Gabriel has received a one-match ban from the FA for failing to leave the pitch after being sent off against Chelsea.

The Gunners centre-back was sent off after swinging his arm at Blues striker Diego Costa, who earlier had struck Laurent Koscielney in the face.

Gabriel was originally booked by referee Mike Dean, along with Costa, but the Brazilian was then sent off after seemingly stamping on the Spanish striker’s toe.

Costa was, after the 2-0 victory, given a three match ban in relation to his clash with Koscielney, the first game of which was the Blues’ 1-4 win over Walsall in midweek.

Gabriel however had his red card rescinded, but the 24-year old has now been given a one-match ban on a charge of improper conduct, after failing to leave the pitch immediately after being sent off.

He has also been fined £10,000, and as a result of the fine will miss Arsene Wenger’s side’s game against Leicester at the King Power Stadium tomorrow.

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emmanuel petit

Former Chelsea midfielder Emmanuel Petit has claimed that mental problems are the cause of the club’s poor start to the season. 

Jose Mourinho’s side sit 15th in the Premier League table, with just seven points from the opening six games of the season.

Petit, who won the Premier League with Arsenal in 1998, made over 50 appearances at Stamford Bridge between 2001 and 2004.

And the Frenchman, who also scored the third goal in France’s 3-0 1998 World Cup Final win over Brazil, says that physical issues are not the cause of Chelsea’s slow start:

They didn’t lose their talent, their potential.

“It’s in their mind, in their heart something has changed. In some way, they have lost their anger, they have lost their desire,” the 45-year old said.

Petit has however also said that Chelsea’s problems are typified by the plight of centre-half and skipper John Terry, who was dropped to the bench in the 2-0 victory over Arsenal last Saturday.

John Terry was in the best XI of the Premier League last year, he was the captain of the champions,” he added.

Then all of sudden everything changed in the space of a few weeks. That showed me that something has been broken during that time.”

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Chelsea will look to continue their new-found Premier League form as they face struggling Newcastle in the evening kick off at St. James’ Park (17:30 GMT KO).

The Blues will wish to keep their title defence on track after seemingly finding their form in the 2-0 win over Arsenal last week, as well as the 1-4 win over League 1 side Walsall in midweek.

The Magpies however have had a more than disappointing start to the season and currently sit second from bottom. Steve McClaren’s side have just two points from six games, and were knocked out of the League Cup on Wednesday thanks to a 0-1 home defeat to Championship side Sheffield Wednesday. They have scored just three league goals all season.

Jose Mourinho’s side beat Newcastle once last season, with tomorrow’s host winning the home tie 2-1 last December, before Chelsea won 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in January with goals from Oscar and Diego Costa.

Last six games:

Newcastle: DWLLLL (includes two League Cup games)

Chelsea: WLLWWW (includes one Champions League game and one League Cup game)


Team News:

– Aleksander Mitrovic returns for Newcastle after serving his three match ban following a red card against Arsenal.

– However, the Toon have a lengthy injury list – Papiss Cisse, Check Tiote and Steven Taylor are all out.

– Jack Colback and Rolando Aarons are also doubts.

– Chelsea are still without Diego Costa, who is serving the second game of his three match ban.

– Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Willian, Oscar and Pedro are all fit.



– Newcastle have won their last three home matches against Chelsea.

– The last six Premier League meetings have been won by the home team.

– The Magpies have earned just 15 points from a possible 75 in 2015 (W3, D6, L15).

– Chelsea have seven points, and a defeat at Newcastle would mean they equal the club’s lowest points tally after seven matches of a Premier League season.

– Jose Mourinho has never won a league game at St. James’ Park (D2, L3).


Starting XI last time out in the Premier League:

Newcastle (home vs Watford, lost 1-2): Krul; Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Haidara; Colback, Thauvin, Sissoko, Wijnaldum; Pérez, Cissé.


Chelsea (home vs. Arsenal, won 2-0): Begovic; Ivanovic, Zouma, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Pedro, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa.

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Ahead of Chelsea’s game against Newcastle at St. James Park on Saturday (18.30 GMT KO) we take a look at the odds on offer.

All odds provided by SkyBET (SB), Ladbrokes (L) and Coral (C), correct as of 25th September. 


Chelsea win: SB – 8/13, L – 8/13,  C – 8/13

Draw: SB – 14/5, L – 3/1, C – 3/1

Newcastle win: SB – 4/1, L – 17/4, C – 17/4


First goalscorer:

Eden Hazard: SB – 6/4, L – 8/5, C – 7/4

Oscar: SB – 2/1, L – 2/1, C – 2/1

Radamel Falcao: SB – 5/4, L – 13/10, C – 5/4

Pedro: SB – 6/4, L – 7/4, C – 7/4

Loic Remy: SB – 6/4, L – 13/10, C – 5/4

No goalscorer: SB – 11/1, L – 3/1, C – 3/1

Papis Cisse: SB – 3/1, L – 5/2,  C – 10/3

Aleksander Mitrovic: SB – 11/4, L – 10/3, C – 10/3

Ayoze: SB – 3/1, L – 15/4,  C – 11/2

Moussa Sissoko: SB – 4/1, L – 5/1, C – 11/2

Siem de Jong: SB – 4/1, L – 5/1, C – 5/1


Final Score:

Chelsea win:

1-0: SB – 6/1, L – 6/1, C – 6/1

2-0: SB – 13/2, L – 13/2, C – 13/2

2-1: SB – 7/1, L – 7/1, C – 7/1

3-0: SB – 11/1, L – 10/1, C – 11/1

3-1: SB – 12/1, L – 11/1, C– 12/1


0-0: SB – 11/1, L – 11/1,C – 11/1

1-1: SB – 11/2, L – 13/2, C – 13/2

2-2: SB – 14/1, L – 14/1 , C – 14/1

3-3: SB – 66/1, L – 50/1, C – 55/1

4-4: SB – 250/1, L – 250/1, C – 150/1

Newcastle win:

1-0: SB – 12/1, L – 12/1,  C – 14/1

2-0: SB – 28/1, L – 28/1, C – 33/1

2-1: SB – 14/1, L – 14/1, C– 16/1

3-0: SB – 66/1, L – 66/1, C – 80/1

3-1: SB -50/1, L – 40/1, C– 45/1

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Brazil legend Pele says he would rather play for Chelsea’s London rivals Arsenal than the Premiership Champions.

Pele, who scored over a thousand goals in one of the finest careers in football history, says that it is Arsenal’s supposed philosophy of always open and attacking football that would win him over if he was still playing.

The 74-year-old is quoted in the Metro as saying:

“Arsenal is a good team to play for. I like the teams that play open football.

Between Chelsea and Arsenal? I would play for Arsenal if I had the chance.

The three time World Cup winner also criticised Brazil born Diego Costa for provoking Gabriel into getting sent off during Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Arsenal last weekend.

“It is not a good message for children.

“He didn’t get a red card, but he was charged. It was dirty.

“Unfortunately so many things like this happen on the pitch and this is not good. That’s clear.

“It is not good for football.”

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers

Steven Gerrard has admitted that Liverpool lost the Premiership title in 2014 because of Brendan Rodgers’ overconfidence, in particular when the Reds played Chelsea in their penultimate home game that season when they lost the initiative.

Liverpool needed just two wins out of their final three games at the end of the 2013/14 season having beaten Manchester City 3-2 a fortnight earlier. They went up against a depleted Chelsea side knowing that a draw would mean they retained the lead of the league table going into the final two matches against Crystal Palace and West Ham, but lost 2-0 in a game that has come to symbolise Liverpool’s repeated failure to win the Premiership.

Steven Gerrard, who famously gave the ball away to Demba Ba a minute before halftime which meant Liverpool had to chase the game in the second half, left the club at the end of last season to join LA Galaxy, and now claims that it was the manager’s approach to the Chelsea game that cost him and his club the chance of winning the league.

In his autobiography, My Story, Gerrard says the manager felt Liverpool’s superb form going forward would be enough to break down a resilient Chelsea side and that no alterations to tactics were needed.

The former Liverpool and England captain goes onto to say this:

“I’ve never been able to say this in public before but I was seriously concerned that we thought we could blow Chelsea away.

“I sensed an over-confidence in Brendan’s team talks. We played into Chelsea’s hands. I feared it then and I know it now.” 

Rodgers is under significant pressure after Liverpool’s poor start to the season was made worse by Wednesday’s embarrassingly narrow win over Carlisle United in the League Cup- they won 3-2 on penalties. Reports in recent days suggest that Liverpool have spoken to both Jurgen Klopp and former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti in regard to replacing Rodgers.


Chelsea sold Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid few days ago, but Alvaro Morata, scoring a hattrick yesterday vs Stoke City demostrated that Blues fans shouldn't worry. Former Chelsea player Glenn Hoddle also believes now Antonio...