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Chelsea struggled to get the lead as home side Wolverhampton Wanderers showed a great performance in the first half with goal attempts and several chances created.

At 6′ former Chelsea youngster Saville struck the post as Kurt Zouma did not control a high ball into the penalty area.

Willian went close to scoring a few minutes later with a lob, well scrambled away by Wolves keeper Ikeme.

In the second half Diego Costra tried to score first: the Spaniard twisted but his shot crashed into the side netting.

Pedro Willian Chelsea

Chelsea unmarked winger Pedro found a crucial goal at 65′ taking advantage of a wonderful ball from Willian. Then Diego Costa didn’t waste his second chance and scored with a low clinical shot after receiving the ball from Fabregas.

Chelsea win a tough game, which means that Antonio Conte goes through next stage reaching FA Cup Quarter-Finals.

Chelsea (3-4-3): Begovic; Zouma, Terry (c), Ake; Moses, Fabregas, Chalobah, Pedro (Azpilicueta72); Willian (Kante 80), Diego Costa, Hazard (Loftus-Cheek 85).
Unused subs: Eduardo, Cahill, Kenedy, Batshuayi.
Scorers Pedro 64, Diego Costa 89
Pedro 48

Wolverhampton Wanderers (4-2-3-1): Ikeme; Coady, Batth (c), Hause, Doherty; Price, Saville (Saiss 83); Costa, Edwards, Weimann (Wilson 74); Bodvarsson (Ronan 83).
Unused subs: Burgoyne, Stearman, Evans, Saiss, Rona, Enobakhare
Saville 20, Weimann 32

Referee Jonathan Moss
Crowd 30,193

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Chelsea confirm to be unstoppable with a sharp win on Arsenal in one of the most important London derbies: 3-1 and the Blues hands that start to touch the Premier League trophy.

Conte’s side are now 12 points clear of the Gunners and Spurs, that still got one game in hand: 59 points to 47. A huge gap that is not easy to fulfill in fourteen games.

Arsenal started better and with more determination and after a couple of minutes they almost score with a Iwobi’s shot that, deflected, goes wide on the goal´s side, but it´s Chelsea to score at their very first occasion: Pedro runs down the right and executes a perfect cross for Diego Costa to attack. He meets it with a firm header but the ball bounces back off the crossbar, Marcos Alonso comes flying in with Bellerin and heads in goal from close range.

Bellerin remains down receiving treatment as he took a fair whack from the Chelsea full-back, who probably committed a foul. The French defender left the pitch after two minutes looking groggy, with Gabriel replacing him.

After some minutes Costa has the chance to net the 2-0, but his shot is wide. The Blues are in control of the game and try to close the game, but at minute 32 is Cech to stop Pedro’s attempt: it seems a signal for Arsenal, that play the last fifteen minutes of the first half with another spirit.

Courtois first makes an important save on Gabriel -almost- perfect header, then stops a shot from Ozil that could have done better after a fine combination between Coquelin and Walcott.

The first half ends 1-0 for the Blues, who enter the pitch in the second part with even more determination to seal the game and they succeed after eight minutes: a stunning goal from Eden Hazard, who dribbles past half Arsenal team after receiving the ball from Costa when he still was in his half of the pitch.

Probably the goal of the year so far, even if Arsenal defence could do better, with the Belgian player beating Cech with a lob when in front of him.

Arsenal, anyway, had a reaction in their worst moment, with Chelsea being dangerous on the break.

The Gunners replace Coquelin and Walcott with Giroud and Welbeck, who instantly made an impact but didn’t have many chances to be dangerous, with Ozil and Sanchez being clearly in a negative day.

Arsenal blow a couple of chances with a coupld of headers from Mustafi and Welbeck, the first one goes wide while the second is saved by Courtois.

Immediately after Willian and Fabregas replace Pedro and Hazard and after five minute the Spanish midfielder definitely seal the game with an impressive lob from outside the box after a mistake by ex Chelsea keeper Cech, who directs a short ball to his team-mate that is intercepted by the ex Arsenal captain.

A fantastic goal and no celebration for Fab who, at the end, was still a Gunner for eight years.

Consolation goal for Giroud at 90, with a great header on a cross from Monreal.

Chelsea leave the pitch triumphantly, knowing that now the job in the title race can be easier.


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The Anfield big match ends 1-1 but it feels like a win for Chelsea, because their closest rivals all drop points and the Blues increase their gap: in fact, Spurs leave Sunderland with a goalless draw while Arsenal lose 2-1 to Watford at the Emirates and now both teams are second with 47 points, with Chelsea still leading the table with 56, 9 points clear, that at this point of the season can be lost only with a [sport] suicide.

Chelsea could have won a game that Liverpool, anyway, played better if Diego Costa didn´t miss a penalty at minute 77: Mignolet’s save gave even more adrenalin to the Reds, that in the last minutes were even more convinced to get the three points, but the Blues stayed focused and showed their impressive tactical organization, especially in the defense.

Pedro even missed two more chances in a couple of counter attacks, but also Liverpool went close to score when Firmino missed a goal with a weak header, even if the Brazilian missed an even more clamorous occasion half way in the second part, when he sent the ball – really – high on the crossbar when he was alone in front of Courtois, this was just some minutes after Wijaldum’s equaliser, a beautiful header in one of the few occasions where Chelsea defence and Courtois didn’t seem concentrated and ready.

The Dutchman was also the protagonist of the first dangerous chance of the night, when he tested Courtois’ reflexes with a great shot after 11′.

Nothing much happened in the first part, until minute 25′, when Eden Hazard tripped Adam Lallana that pushed him down the floor: on the following free-kick, David Luiz found an incredible powerful shot that surprised Mignolet and took Chelsea to lead 1-0.

After a couple of minutes the Belgian keeper saved a ball coming from a Willian´s free-kick from the left.

Liverpool, anyway, put pressure on Chelsea for the entire game but Conte’s side showed again their great defensive skills and organization.

Despite the draw Chelsea still have a good gap from their chasers and after Arsenal’s defeat tonight they can even face Saturday’s derby with less pressure, even if a win from the Gunners would give them again faith for the title race, so Conte’s guys cannot underestimate this crucial game that, if won, can give them wings in their title’s pursue.

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Chelsea extended their gap at the top of Premier League table today thanks to Diego Costa and their captain Gary Cahill, who both secured a crucial 2-0 win.

The Spaniard broke the deadlock just before the halftime well assisted by Victor Moses, scoring in the extra-time. Ryan Mason‘s head injury in a clash with Cahill caused a nine-minute delay in the first half.

Cahill Mason


The Blues took some risks during the game, as Hull were tactically well organized and were dangerous in more than one occasion, with Thibaut Courtois making a couple of crucial saves and the Tigers missing three/four goal chances, especially in the beginning of the second half, when they went close to equalise a couple of times.

Anyway, in the most difficult moment of the match, current pitch captain Gary Cahill sealed the win with a perfect header on a Cesc Fabregas‘ freek-kick from the left. It was minute 81 and Chelsea could control the last part of the game.

The Blues still leads the Premier League table and now are 8 points clear of Arsenal, that sit second with 47 points, with 55 points after 22 games.

Next weekend Conte’s boys will face Brentford in the FA Cup and they will come back in action in the Premier League on January 31, when they will visit Liverpool at Anfield.

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Chelsea obtain the 13th win in a row since the beginning of October and now are leaders with 49 points.

Liverpool, who are second with 40, will play Manchester City – third – in half an hour at Anfield.

The goals were scored by Cahill, Willian ( brace) and Diego Costa, with Stoke City trying to challenge Chelsea until the 3-2, scored by Willian just two minutes after Peter Crouch’s equaliser.

The other Potters’ goal was scored by Martins Indi in the beginning of the second half.

Full Match Report Coming Soon

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Chelsea won 3-0 over Bournemouth in their Boxing Day clash and obtain the 12th win in a row since the beginning of October, remaining top of the league, this time with 46 points, 9 points clear of Liverpool and Arsenal, who follow with 37, with the Reds having one game in hand to be played tomorrow against Stoke City, while the Gunners won this afternoon 1-0 over WBA.

Pedro scored a brace, even if both shots were deflected by a Cherries defender, while Eden Hazard scored the 2-0 with a well deserved penalty.

Full Match Report Coming Soon.

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Chelsea remain top of the Premier League table until next game with Manchester City after winning 2-1 over Spurs this evening.

Tottenham had a great first half and scored with Eriksen after just 10′ but the Blues were able to equalise right before halt-time with a stunning shot of Pedro from outside the box that went to the posts crossing.

Victor Moses sealed the match and gave back to Chelsea the top of the table scoring the winner at 52′, Spurs then were not able to equalise and still stil fifth in the table with 24 points, while Conte’s side lead with 31.

Liverpool and Man City, who bot won in the afternoon, keep their second place with 30.

Full match report to follow soon.

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The Blues started well, aggressive, and went close to score with Fabregas and Willian in a couple of times, but Spurs were more cynical and took advantage of the only two real chances they got, with Chelsea defense being really poor in both occasions.

In the second half after a corner Gary Cahill took a touch before firing a left-footed shot into the net, then at 83′ Eden Hazard produced a superb first-time shot which curled into the top corner.

Leicester City are now mathematically Premier League champions after Chelsea 2-2 draw.

CHELSEA –  Begovic; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Pedro; Diego Costa

Subs- Amelia, Baba, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Oscar, Hazard, Traore

Manager- Guus Hiddink


TOTTENHAM –  Lloris (c), Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Dier, Dembele; Lamela, Eriksen, Son; Kane

Subs- Vorm, Davies, Wimmer, Carroll, Chadli, Mason, Clinton

Manager- Mauricio Pochettino

Scorers: Kane 35′, Min Son 44′, Cahill 58′, Hazard 83′

Yellow Cards: Walker 27′, Vertonghen 38′, Willian 45′, Rose 45′ Lamela 51′, Eriksen 70′, Dier 90′, Kane 90′, Dembele 90′

Referee- Mark Clattenburg



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Today at Swansea Chelsea lost not only a game but also a huge part of the – already small- chances to get into European competitions for next season.

The Blues were not able to respond to Sigurdsson‘s goal that arrived halfway in the first part and now they find themselves again in the 10th place with 44 points: it will be really hard to climb up to the sixth place, even with a game in hand.

Guus Hiddink said yesterday he preferred to give chances to the youngsters rather than keeping his unbeaten record in the Premier League, but with his record gone now, he could understand that not every game you are facing an almost relegated side with no motivation and some of the youngsters didn’t fulfill the expectations after the good performances against Aston Villa: one of them is Matt Miazga, that did a big mistake in Swansea’s goal with a weak clearing that gave the ball to Sigurdsson.

Chelsea then was not able to equalise, with Pato wasting two big chances before the end of the first half but they risked also to get the second goal after a mix-up between Begovic and Baba Rahman that Andre Ayew didn’t exploit.

In the beginning of the second half Begovic avoid the 2-0 with a great save on Paloschi.

Meanwhile Kenedy made his way into the pitch at half time, replacing Matt Miazga.

A 2-0 that could came right after this chance, when Ivanovic terribly loses a ball near the box delivering that to Sigurdsson, that didn’t take advantage of Chelsea defense’s present like in the first half.

Pato then misses another chance on a terrific cross by Baba and that’s when Hiddink decides to replace him with Bertrand Traorè (minute 64).

Chelsea seem to be more confident to get the equaliser now, but they miss another chance with Pedro and, at the end, it’s Swansea going closer to score with another incredible chance missed by Montero. ( minute 74).

At minute 77 Hiddink tries another desperate move to try to get at least a draw and substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek ( poor today) with Radamel Falcao, who comes back to play an official games after six months from his previous one and a long recovery from two muscular injury.

The result is not what expected, since the team seem to be a little nervous now, throwing balls into Swansea area but in a confusional way.

Anyway Falcao gets his big chance at minute 86′, when he shoots after a quick spin on a great ball gave by Traore but Swansea defender Williams is able to deflect the ball before Fabianski gets it and save his goal.

Chelsea desperately continue to attack but the anxiety to get the result don’t help the team to be lucid when coming close to the goal.

The game ends with a defeat that can be tougher of what imagined: Antonio Conte will have a great job to do next season to restore confidence in this team and take it back to to football top levels.


SWANSEA – Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Cork, Fer, Sigurdsson, Ayew (Routledge 67′), Montero( Naughton 84′), Paloschi (Gomis 75′).

Unused Subs: Nordfeldt,, Amat, Ki, Barrow.

Manager: Francesco Guidolin

CHELSEA - Begovic; Azpilicueta, Miazga (Kenedy 46′), Ivanovic (c), Baba Rahman; Mikel, Fabregas; Pedro, Loftus-Cheek (Falcao 76′), Oscar; Pato (Traore 64′)

Unused Subs: Courtois, Aina, Colkett, Palmer.

Manager: Guus Hiddink


Scorers: Sigurdsson 25′

Yellow Cards- Swansea: Rangel 30′, Taylor 43′, Paloschi 71′, Williams 78′, Leroy Fer 79′. Chelsea: Azpilicueta 36′, Miazga 40′, Pedro 71′, Fabregas 78′


Referee: Andre Marriner

Venue: Liberty Stadium, Swansea, UK


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A first half with two great goals. first from Lanzini to put West Ham 1-0 up  and then stoppage time of the first half saw Cesc Fabregas equalise with an emphatic strike from a free-kick which sailed into the top right corner.

A substitution from Chelsea at half-time sees Pedro replace Kenedy.

The first chance in the second half came from Oscar after a great ball across the goal from Ivanovic but Oscar couldn’t quite wrap his foot around the ball to divert it towards goals.

Chelsea looked threatening early in the second half, winning corner after corner, a goal in the coming it seemed.

West Ham hit Chelsea on the break and Cresswell found himself in the box, he hit a left footed shot which struck the underside of the crossbar and rolled calmly out for a Chelsea throw-in.

The hour mark and Remy found himself on the edge of the box, held off Reid but could only find Adrian with his shot. West Ham got the ball up the pitch quickly, Payet played in Andy Carroll and he found the net with a left-footed shot. Carroll only being on the pitch for a matter of seconds. An inspired substitution from West Ham boss Slaven Bilic.

2-1 West Ham.

A chance for Fabregas in the 72nd minute. A corner whipped in from Willian and an unsuspecting Fabregas headed the ball over the bar. He should have done better.

Fabregas with another chance just 2 minutes later. An acrobatic over-head kick from the middle of the box. The Spaniard unable to hit the target and the ball flew over the crossbar.

Chelsea pressing for the equalising goal, John Terry attacking the corner from Willian but he couldn’t keep the ball down and hit the target.

Chelsea looking likely to score but unable yet to produce the goods after 78 minutes of football.

West Ham tried to conserve their one goal advantage by staying deep and catching Chelsea on the counter attack. West Ham managed to win a corner and Andy Carroll forced a good save from Courtois.

After soaking up a lot of West Ham pressure, Chelsea find a counter attack in the 88th minute in which substitute Loftus-Cheek was brought down inside the box and won a penalty for Chelsea.

Fabregas stepped up to take the resulting penalty, a slight stutter in the run-up and he placed the ball in the bottom right hand corner, sending Adrian the wrong way. Calmly done by Fabregas.

Chelsea 2 – 2 West Ham.

An exciting and very heated few last minutes in stoppage time with Chelsea fighting for the winning goal and West Ham hanging on to the draw.

The final whistle goes after 97 minutes of play with the scores level at 2-2.


CHELSEA - Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Fabregas, Willian, Oscar, Kenedy, Remy

Subs – Begovic, Rahman, Pato, Traore, Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Matic

Manager – Guus Hiddink

WEST HAM – Adrian, Antonio, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble, Kouyate, Valencia, Lanzini, Payet, Sakho

Subs – Randolph, Song, O’Brien, Oxford, Emenike, Carroll, Obiang

Manager – Slaven Bilic


Referee – Robert Madley

Venue – Stamford Bridge, London, UK.






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