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Guus Hiddink has been talking about the loan move of Alexandre Pato to Chelsea.

26-year-old Pato has not featured in the Brazil squad for 2 years but Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink says it’s not a gamble for Chelsea.

“Coming on loan makes it possible to have a good view on him, and on whether he is able to adapt to the high demands of the club and the league.

“It is a brave step. It’s up to him.”




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Ahead of Chelsea’s game against MK Dons at the Stadium MK on Sunday (16:00 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 29th January.


Full-time score:

MK Dons win: SB – 8/1, L – 17/2, C – 8/1

Draw: SB – 4/1, L –15/4, C – 4/1

Chelsea win: SB – 1/3, L – 1/3,  C – 1/3



First goalscorer:

Eden Hazard: SB – 5/1, L – 11/2, C – 4/1

Oscar: SB – 11/2, L – 6/1, C – 5/1

Willian: SB – 6/1, L – 13/2, C – 7/1

Diego Costa: SB – 10/3, L –10/3, C – 5/2

Pedro: SB – 5/1, L – 13/2, C – 6/1

No goalscorer: SB – 11/1, L – 10/1, C – 12/1

Josh Murphy: SB – 12/1, L – 12/1, C – 11/1

Simon Church: SB – 11/1, L – 11/1, C – 10/1

Dean Bowditch: SB – 11/1, L – 11/1, C – 10/1

Tom Hitchcock: SB – 12/1, L – 12/1, C – 14/1

Ben Reeves: SB – 14/1, L – 14/1, C – 20/1


Final Score:

MK Dons win:

1-0: SB – 18/1, L – 18/1, C – 14/1

2-0: SB – 50/1, L – 50/1, C – 50/1

2-1: SB – 25/1, L – 25/1, C – 28/1

3-0: SB – 150/1, L – 150/1, C – 100/1

3-1: SB – 80/1, L – 90/1, – 100/1


0-0: SB – 11/1, L – 11/1, C – 14/1

1-1: SB – 7/1, L – 17/2, C – 9/1

2-2: SB – 22/1, L – 22/1, C – 25/1

3-3: SB – 80/1, L – 90/1, C – 80/1

4-4: SB – 250/1, L – 375/1, C – 100/1

Chelsea win:

1-0: SB – 5/1, L – 11/2,  C – 6/1

2-0: SB – 9/2, L – 5/1 C – 5/1

2-1: SB – 15/2, L – 15/2, C – 7/1

3-0: SB – 7/1, L – 7/1, C – 7/1

3-1: SB – 11/1, L – 11/1, – 9/1

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Chelsea will be looking to avoid suffering a cup upset at the fourth round stage for the second year running as they face MK Dons in the FA Cup at the Stadium MK on Sunday (16:00 GMT KO).

The Blues were knocked out of the competition last season thanks to a stunning display by League 1 side Bradford which resulted in the home side being defeated 2-4. However, they easily overcame League 1 side Scunthorpe in the third round, winning 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

The Dons currently sit 20th in the Championship, just two points off the relegation zone, after being promoted from the third tier last season. They beat League 2 side Northampton 3-0 in a third round replay at the Stadium MK, having drawn 2-2 with the Cobblers in the away leg.


Last six games:

MK Dons: DDLWWL (includes two FA Cup games). 

Chelsea: DWWDDW (includes one FA Cup game). 


Team News:

– Chelsea strikers Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy remain out.

– Diego Costa is fit despite picking up a slight knee injury against Arsenal last Sunday.

– Eden Hazard could make his first start in four weeks.

– Guus Hiddink has no other injury concerns.

– MK Dons striker Nicky Maynard (hamstring) is a major doubt.

– Matthew Upson (hamstring), Ben Reeves (thigh) and Carl Baker (ankle) are all confirmed absentees.

– George Baldock has returned following his loan spell at Oxford, but is cup-tied.



– The Dons have won just once in their last five FA Cup games against Premier League opposition.

– Karl Robinson’s men have also won just once in their last six games against any team from a higher division.

– Chelsea have never played MK Dons since they formed following the liquidation of the old Wimbledon FC.

– The Blues have been knocked out at the fourth round stage in two of the past five seasons.


Starting XI last time out in the FA Cup:

MK Dons (home vs. Northampton Town, won 3-0): Martin, Hodson, Upton, Kay, Lewington, Carruthers, Forster-Caskey, Hall, Reeves, Bowditch, Church.

Chelsea (home vs. Scunthorpe United, won 2-0): Begovic, Ivanovic, Zouma, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Willian, Ramires, Oscar, Pedro, Diego Costa.

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Mauricio Pochettino has reportedly said that he is not interested in the “rumours” linking him with the vacant job as the Chelsea manager in the summer. Reports have linked him and a series of other managers with the job currently held on an interim basis by Guus Hiddink. The current Tottenham Hotspurs manager has lead a young side to 4th in the Premier league so far this season and has transformed them into title contenders.

He said “No I don’t mind, we are supposed to receive the rumours and we are in a media that all is about rumours,” after being asked if links to the Chelsea job has affected his current club.

“But I don’t care about that.It’s the same with any rumours about players, there’s a lot of names in the media now. My focus is here, to try for success at Tottenham and to work hard. That’s all about rumours.

“I always work for the present and the future. I’m very happy here. We’ve created after 18 months a very good group, with a strong basis for success in the future and I’m very happy. My job is to be focused, not to hear rumours. The most important thing is that I’m focused on my job.”

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Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink says that Ramires was allowed to move to Jiangsu Suning in a “beautiful transfer” as a reward for his services to the London club.

After leaving to move to China in a £25 million deal, the brazilian ended his 5-and-a-half year stay with Chelsea. Since signing from Benfica in the summer of 2010, he has won pretty much everything there is to win as a player and Hiddink sees his move as tribute to all of his “good performances”.

In today’s press conference, Guus Hiddink said:

“First we must pay tribute because he had very good performances in the past in this club with important contributions and he is 29 and having this huge offer from a club in China and the club talked about that (and decided they) would give him this (contract) what he can get in China.

“Also regarding his career in Chelsea, he was not playing frequently.He was playing but the club had the attitude and its to be rewarded to give him this beautiful transfer.”

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With Chelsea on the brink of signing American defender Matt Miazga from the MLS, an anonymous former team mate has said the player could really struggle in the Premier League.

“He is a really nice guy but pretty naive and he plays young.
“He looks big but he is soft, so hopefully he gets a little stronger and meaner otherwise he will be eaten alive in the Premier League. “He is a good kid so I am happy for him but he needs to be loaned out to get experience.”

Guus Hiddink gave his thoughts in a press conference this afternoon.

“Miazga is a promising player. We’re not rushing but he will be one of the squad members for the future. [He is a] young guy, stepping up to the national team. You can see what players are capable of in training so I think we will sign him permanently and he will stay with us for the rest of the season, not going on loan anywhere.”

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Stoke City boss Mark Hughes has played down any reports linking him to the Chelsea hot seat.

The 52-year-old Welshman has been linked to be the next permanent manager after interim manager Guus Hiddink leaves in the summer.

However, Hughes has said that he is ‘very happy’ at the West Midlands club after having a great start to the current campaign.

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Last night the Chelsea Under-21 team kept up the clubs sensational youth record and reached the Premier League International Cup by beating Tottenham Under-21s 5-2 away in Stevenage.

The Blues scored early goals through Reece Mitchell, Kasey Palmer and a sensational strike from his own half by Ola Aina to give the youngsters a 3-0 lead going into half time. Spurs then drew 2 goals back after half time before the young Blues finished off their London neighbours with a late brace from promising young striker Tammy Abraham for it to finish 5-2.

After the match Chelsea Under-21 manager Andy Myers spoke to Chelsea’s Official Website “We had the first half and we said at half-time it was important that we don’t concede early in the second half but we did and Spurs got their tails up. They had a go at us, got the second goal and we had to dig deep and keep defending but credit to the boys for staying in there. To get our third goal against the run of play took the wind out of their sails and we went on to win.

“The game opened up in the second half and there was a lot of space for both teams, sometimes too much, but if Tammy gets that space you fancy him to score and his second was a very good finish.

“I am pleased with the boys’ application and when we start these competitions, although it is development we want to win them.”

The Under-21s return to action in the Under-21 Premier League this Sunday 31 January when they travel to take on league leaders Sunderland for an 11.45am kick-off. Before then, the youth team have the opportunity to seal the southern league title with victory against second-placed Reading on Saturday 30 January.


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This Sunday Chelsea visit MK Dons in an FA Cup 4th round tie at Stadium MK.

But what can we expect from the tie? The Dons are currently languishing in 20th position in the Championship after a 3-1 loss to Bolton at the Reebok Stadium last Saturday. And having coming through a 3rd round replay at League Two table toppers Northampton, Chelsea will be strong favourites for the tie after their recent unbeaten form.

The Blues will be on the look out for The Dons top scorer Josh Murphy who’s scored in their last two consecutive games. And as we know from last season, anything can happen at this stage of the FA Cup, as Chelsea gave away a 2-0 lead at Stamford Bridge to then be defeated 4-2 by League Two side Bradford City in one of the greatest shocks in FA Cup history.

Chelsea last won the FA Cup in 2012 under Roberto Di Matteo.

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Reports in the Sun have claimed that Chelsea have already signed a deal with Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri to become their new boss at the end of the season.

The article also claims that Juve are aware of this, and are currently seeking a replacement.

The Blues have been linked with a host of managers in recent weeks, as they look for a permanent figure to lead the team after interim boss Guus Hiddink departs at the end of the season.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes, Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino and Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli have all been linked with the position, among others.

However, it is believed Sampaoli could be replacing Allegri in Turin after Chelsea contacted 48-year old representatives, with talks said to be successful.

It is believed that Allegri, who managed AC Milan before his move to Juve, could be on his way to London to finalise a deal – however, this is unconfirmed.


Brazilian midfielder Jorginho joined Chelsea from SS Napoli some days ago and at Stamford Bridge he will work again with Maurizio Sarri. Speaking with website Football Italia Jorginho himself admitted the influence Sarri had on his...