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All the fixtures for Premier League 2016/2017, dates can be subject to change

13 August 2016 (Matchweek 1)

AFC Bournemouth v Manchester United    #BOUMUN
Arsenal v Liverpool    #ARSLIV
Burnley v Swansea City    #BURSWA
Chelsea v West Ham United    #CHEWHU
Crystal Palace v West Bromwich Albion    #CRYWBA
Everton v Tottenham Hotspur    #EVETOT
Hull City v Leicester City    #HULLEI
Manchester City v Sunderland    #MCISUN
Middlesbrough v Stoke City    #MIDSTK
Southampton v Watford    #SOUWAT

20 August 2016 (Matchweek 2)

Leicester City v Arsenal    #LEIARS
Liverpool v Burnley    #LIVBUR
Manchester United v Southampton    #MUNSOU
Stoke City v Manchester City    #STKMCI
Sunderland v Middlesbrough    #SUNMID
Swansea City v Hull City    #SWAHUL
Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace    #TOTCRY
Watford v Chelsea    #TOTCRY
West Bromwich Albion v Everton    #WBAEVE
West Ham United v AFC Bournemouth    #WHUBOU

27 August 2016 (Matchweek 3)

Chelsea v Burnley    #CHEBUR
Crystal Palace v AFC Bournemouth    #CRYBOU
Everton v Stoke City    #EVESTK
Hull City v Manchester United    #HULMUN
Leicester City v Swansea City    #LEISWA
Manchester City v West Ham United    #MCIWHU
Southampton v Sunderland    #SOUSUN
Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool    #TOTLIV
Watford v Arsenal    #WATARS
West Bromwich Albion v Middlesbrough    #WBAMID

10 September 2016 (Matchweek 4)

AFC Bournemouth v West Bromwich Albion    #BOUWBA
Arsenal v Southampton    #ARSSOU
Burnley v Hull City    #BURHUL
Liverpool v Leicester City    #LIVLEI
Manchester United v Manchester City    #MUNMCI
Middlesbrough v Crystal Palace    #MIDCRY
Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur    #STKTOT
Sunderland v Everton    #SUNEVE
Swansea City v Chelsea    #SWACHE
West Ham United v Watford    #WHUWAT

17 September 2016 (Matchweek 5)

Chelsea v Liverpool    #CHELIV
Crystal Palace v Stoke City    #CRYSTK
Everton v Middlesbrough    #EVEMID
Hull City v Arsenal    #HULARS
Leicester City v Burnley    #LEIBUR
Manchester City v AFC Bournemouth    #MCIBOU
Southampton v Swansea City    #SOUSWA
Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland    #TOTSUN
Watford v Manchester United    #WATMUN
West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United    #WBAWHU

24 September 2016 (Matchweek 6)

AFC Bournemouth v Everton    #BOUEVE
Arsenal v Chelsea    #ARSCHE
Burnley v Watford    #BURWAT
Liverpool v Hull City    #LIVHUL
Manchester United v Leicester City    #MUNLEI
Middlesbrough v Tottenham Hotspur    #MIDTOT
Stoke City v West Bromwich Albion    #STKWBA
Sunderland v Crystal Palace    #SUNCRY
Swansea City v Manchester City    #SWAMCI
West Ham United v Southampton    #WHUSOU

1 October 2016 (Matchweek 7)

Burnley v Arsenal    #BURARS
Everton v Crystal Palace    #EVECRY
Hull City v Chelsea    #HULCHE
Leicester City v Southampton    #LEISOU
Manchester United v Stoke City    #MUNSTK
Sunderland v West Bromwich Albion    #SUNWBA
Swansea City v Liverpool    #SWALIV
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City    #TOTMCI
Watford v AFC Bournemouth    #WATBOU
West Ham United v Middlesbrough    #WHUMID

15 October 2016 (Matchweek 8)

AFC Bournemouth v Hull City    #BOUHUL
Arsenal v Swansea City    #ARSSWA
Chelsea v Leicester City    #CHELEI
Crystal Palace v West Ham United    #CRYWHU
Liverpool v Manchester United    #LIVMUN
Manchester City v Everton    #MCIEVE
Middlesbrough v Watford    #MIDWAT
Southampton v Burnley    #SOUBUR
Stoke City v Sunderland    #STKSUN
West Bromwich Albion v Tottenham Hotspur    #WBATOT

22 October 2016 (Matchweek 9)

AFC Bournemouth v Tottenham Hotspur    #BOUTOT
Arsenal v Middlesbrough    #ARSMID
Burnley v Everton    #BUREVE
Chelsea v Manchester United    #CHEMUN
Hull City v Stoke City    #HULSTK
Leicester City v Crystal Palace    #LEICRY
Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion    #LIVWBA
Manchester City v Southampton    #MCISOU
Swansea City v Watford    #SWAWAT
West Ham United v Sunderland    #WHUSUN

29 October 2016 (Matchweek 10)

Crystal Palace v Liverpool    #CRYLIV
Everton v West Ham United    #EVEWHU
Manchester United v Burnley    #MUNBUR
Middlesbrough v AFC Bournemouth    #MIDBOU
Southampton v Chelsea    #SOUCHE
Stoke City v Swansea City    #STKSWA
Sunderland v Arsenal    #SUNARS
Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City    #TOTLEI
Watford v Hull City    #WATHUL
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City    #WBAMCI

5 November 2016 (Matchweek 11)

AFC Bournemouth v Sunderland    #BOUSUN
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur    #ARSTOT
Burnley v Crystal Palace    #BURCRY
Chelsea v Everton    #CHEEVE
Hull City v Southampton    #HULSOU
Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion    #LEIWBA
Liverpool v Watford    #LIVWAT
Manchester City v Middlesbrough    #MCIMID
Swansea City v Manchester United    #SWAMUN
West Ham United v Stoke City    #WHUSTK

19 November 2016 (Matchweek 12)

Crystal Palace v Manchester City    #CRYMCI
Everton v Swansea City    #EVESWA
Manchester United v Arsenal    #MUNARS
Middlesbrough v Chelsea    #MIDCHE
Southampton v Liverpool    #SOULIV
Stoke City v AFC Bournemouth    #STKBOU
Sunderland v Hull City    #SUNHUL
Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United    #TOTWHU
Watford v Leicester City    #WATLEI
West Bromwich Albion v Burnley    #WBABUR

26 November 2016 (Matchweek 13)

Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth    #ARSBOU
Burnley v Manchester City    #BURMCI
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur    #CHETOT
Hull City v West Bromwich Albion    #HULWBA
Leicester City v Middlesbrough    #LEIMID
Liverpool v Sunderland    #LIVSUN
Manchester United v West Ham United    #MUNWHU
Southampton v Everton    #SOUEVE
Swansea City v Crystal Palace    #SWACRY
Watford v Stoke City    #WATSTK

3 December 2016 (Matchweek 14)

AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool   #BOULIV
Crystal Palace v Southampton    #CRYSOU
Everton v Manchester United    #EVEMUN
Manchester City v Chelsea    #HULWBA
Middlesbrough v Hull City    #MIDHUL
Stoke City v Burnley   #STKBUR
Sunderland v Leicester City    #SUNLEI
Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City    #WBAWAT
West Bromwich Albion v Watford    #WBAWAT
West Ham United v Arsenal    #WHUARS

10 December 2016 (Matchweek 15)

Arsenal v Stoke City    #ARSSTK
Burnley v AFC Bournemouth    #BURBOU
Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion    #CHEWBA
Hull City v Crystal Palace    #HULCRY
Leicester City v Manchester City   #LEIMCI
Liverpool v West Ham United    #LIVWHU
Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur
Southampton v Middlesbrough
Swansea City v Sunderland
Watford v Everton

13 December 2016 (Matchweek 16)

(7:45pm kick-off unless stated)
AFC Bournemouth v Leicester City    #BOULEI
8pm Crystal Palace v Manchester United    #CRYMUN
Middlesbrough v Liverpool    #MIDLIV
Sunderland v Chelsea    #SUNCHE
8pm West Bromwich Albion v Swansea City    #WBASWA
West Ham United v Burnley    #WHUBUR

14 December 2016

(7.45pm kick-off unless stated)
Everton v Arsenal    #EVEARS
8pm Manchester City v Watford    #MCIWAT
8pm Stoke City v Southampton    #STKSOU
8pm Tottenham Hotspur v Hull City    #TOTHUL

17 December 2016 (Matchweek 17)

AFC. Bournemouth v Southampton    #BOUSOU
Crystal Palace v Chelsea    #CRYCHE
Everton v Liverpool    #EVELIV
Manchester City v Arsenal     #MCIARS
Middlesbrough v Swansea City    #MIDSWA
Stoke City v Leicester City     #STKLEI
Sunderland v Watford    #SUNWAT
Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley    #TOTBUR
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United    #WBAMUN
West Ham United v Hull City     #WHUHUL

26 December 2016 (Matchweek 18)

Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion     #ARSWBA
Burnley v Middlesbrough     #BURMID
Chelsea v AFC Bournemouth     #CHEBOU
Hull City v Manchester City     #HULMCI
Leicester City v Everton     #LEIEVE
Liverpool v Stoke City    #LIVSTK
Manchester United v Sunderland     #MUNSUN
Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur     #SOUTOT
Swansea City v West Ham United    #SWAWHU
Watford v Crystal Palace     #WATCRY

31 December 2016 (Matchweek 19)

Arsenal v Crystal Palace    #ARSCRY
Burnley v Sunderland    #BURSUN
Chelsea v Stoke City    #CHESTK
Hull City v Everton    #HULEVE
Leicester City v West Ham United    #LEIWHU
Liverpool v Manchester City    #LIVMCI
Manchester United v Middlesbrough    #MUNMID
Southampton v West Bromwich Albion    #SOUWBA
Swansea City v AFC Bournemouth    #SWABOU
Watford v Tottenham Hotspur    #WATTOT

2 January 2017 (Matchweek 20)

AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal    #BOUARS
Crystal Palace v Swansea City    #CRYSWA
Everton v Southampton    #EVESOU
Manchester City v Burnley    #MCIBUR
Middlesbrough v Leicester City    #MIDLEI
Stoke City v Watford    #STKWAT
Sunderland v Liverpool    #SUNLIV
Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea    #TOTCHE
West Bromwich Albion v Hull City    #WBAHUL
West Ham United v Manchester United    #WHUMUN

14 January 2017 (Matchweek 21)

Burnley v Southampton    #BURSOU
Everton v Manchester City   #EVEMCI
Hull City v AFC Bournemouth    #HULBOU
Leicester City v Chelsea    #LEICHE
Manchester United v Liverpool    #MUNLIV
Sunderland v Stoke City    #SUNSTK
Swansea City v Arsenal    #SWAARS
Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion    #TOTWBA
Watford v Middlesbrough    #WATMID
West Ham United v Crystal Palace    #WHUCRY

21 January 2017 (Matchweek 22)

AFC Bournemouth v Watford    #BOUWAT
Arsenal v Burnley    #ARSBUR
Chelsea v Hull City    #CHEHUL
Crystal Palace v Everton    #CRYEVE
Liverpool v Swansea City    #LIVSWA
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur    #MCITOT
Middlesbrough v West Ham United    #MIDWHU
Southampton v Leicester City    #SOULEI
Stoke City v Manchester United    #STKMUN
West Bromwich Albion v Sunderland    #WBASUN

31 January 2017 (Matchweek 23)

(7.45pm kick-off unless stated)
AFC Bournemouth v Crystal Palace    #BOUCRY
Arsenal v Watford    #ARSWAT
Burnley v Leicester City    #BURLEI
8pm Manchester United v Hull City    #MUNHUL
Middlesbrough v West Bromwich Albion    #MIDWBA
Sunderland v Tottenham Hotspur    #SUNTOT
Swansea City v Southampton    #SWASOU
West Ham United v Manchester City    #WHUMCI

1 February 2017

8pm Liverpool v Chelsea    #LIVCHE
8pm Stoke City v Everton    #STKEVE

4 February 2017 (Matchweek 24)

Chelsea v Arsenal    #CHEARS
Crystal Palace v Sunderland    #CRYSUN
Everton v AFC Bournemouth    #EVEBOU
Hull City v Liverpool    #HULLIV
Leicester City v Manchester United    #LEIMUN
Manchester City v Swansea City    #MCISWA
Southampton v West Ham United    #SOUWHU
Tottenham Hotspur v Middlesbrough    #TOTMID
Watford v Burnley    #WATBUR
West Bromwich Albion v Stoke City    #WBASTK

11 February 2017 (Matchweek 25)

AFC Bournemouth v Manchester City    #BOUMCI
Arsenal v Hull City    #ARSHUL
Burnley v Chelsea    #BURCHE
Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur    #LIVTOT
Manchester United v Watford    #MUNWAT
Middlesbrough v Everton    #MIDEVE
Stoke City v Crystal Palace    #STKCRY
Sunderland v Southampton    #SUNSOU
Swansea City v Leicester City    #SWALEI
West Ham United v West Bromwich Albion    #WHUWBA

25 February 2017 (Matchweek 26)

Chelsea v Swansea City    #CHESWA
Crystal Palace v Middlesbrough    #CRYMID
Everton v Sunderland    #EVESUN
Hull City v Burnley    #HULBURN
Leicester City v Liverpool    #LEILIV
Manchester City v Manchester United    #MCIMUN
Southampton v Arsenal    #SOUARS
Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City    #TOTSTK
Watford v West Ham United    #WATWHU
West Bromwich Albion v AFC Bournemouth #WBABOU

4 March 2017 (Matchweek 27)

Leicester City v Hull City    #LEIHUL
Liverpool v Arsenal    #LIVARS
Manchester United v AFC Bournemouth #MUNBOU
Stoke City v Middlesbrough    #STKMID
Sunderland v Manchester City    #SUNMCI
Swansea City v Burnley    #SWABUR
Tottenham Hotspur v Everton    #TOTSOU
Watford v Southampton    #WATSOU
West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace    #WBACRY
West Ham United v Chelsea    #WHUCHE

11 March 2017 (Matchweek 28)

AFC Bournemouth v West Ham United    #BOUWHU
Arsenal v Leicester City    #ARSLEI
Burnley v Liverpool    #BURLIV
Chelsea v Watford    #CHEWAT
Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur    #CRYTOT
Everton v West Bromwich Albion    #EVEWBA
Hull City v Swansea City    #HULSWA
Manchester City v Stoke City    #MCISTK
Middlesbrough v Sunderland    #MIDSUN
Southampton v Manchester United    #SOUMUN

18 March 2017 (Matchweek 29)

AFC Bournemouth v Swansea City    #BOUSWA
Crystal Palace v Watford    #CRYWAT
Everton v Hull City    #EVEHUL
Manchester City v Liverpool    #MCILIV
Middlesbrough v Manchester United    #MIDMUN
Stoke City v Chelsea    #STKCHE
Sunderland v Burnley    #SUNBUR
Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton    #TOTSOU
West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal    #WBAARS
West Ham United v Leicester City    #WHULEI

1 April 2017 (Matchweek 30)

Arsenal v Manchester City    #ARSMCI
Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur    #BURTOT
Chelsea v Crystal Palace    #CHECRY
Hull City v West Ham United    #HULWHU
Leicester City v Stoke City    #LEISTK
Liverpool v Everton    #LIVEVE
Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion    #MUNWBA
Southampton v AFC Bournemouth    #SOUBOU
Swansea City v Middlesbrough    #SWAMID
Watford v Sunderland    #WATSUN

4 April 2017 (Matchweek 31)

(7.45pm kick-off unless stated)
Arsenal v West Ham United    #ARSWHU
Burnley v Stoke City    #BURSTK
Hull City v Middlesbrough    #HULMID
Leicester City v Sunderland    #LEISUN
8pm Manchester United v Everton    #MUNEVE
Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur    #SWATOT
Watford v West Bromwich Albion    #WATWBA

5 April 2017

(7.45pm kick-off unless stated)
Chelsea v Manchester City    #CHEBOU
8pm Liverpool v AFC Bournemouth    #LIVBOU
Southampton v Crystal Palace    #SOUCRY

8 April 2017 (Matchweek 32)

AFC Bournemouth v Chelsea    #BOUCHE
Crystal Palace v Arsenal    #CRYARS
Everton v Leicester City    #EVELEI
Manchester City v Hull City    #MCIHUL
Middlesbrough v Burnley    #MIDBUR
Stoke City v Liverpool    #STKLIV
Sunderland v Manchester United    #SUNMUN
Tottenham Hotspur v Watford    #TOTWAT
West Bromwich Albion v Southampton    #WBASOU
West Ham United v Swansea City #WHUSWA

15 April 2017 (Matchweek 33)

Crystal Palace v Leicester City    #CRYLEI
Everton v Burnley    #EVEBUR
Manchester United v Chelsea    #MUNCHE
Middlesbrough v Arsenal    #MIDARS
Southampton v Manchester City    #SOUMCI
Stoke City v Hull City    #STKHUL
Sunderland v West Ham United    #SUNWHU
Tottenham Hotspur v AFC Bournemouth    #TOTBOU
Watford v Swansea City    #WATSWA
West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool    #WBALIV

22 April 2017 (Matchweek 34)

AFC Bournemouth v Middlesbrough #BOUMID
Arsenal v Sunderland    #ARSSUN
Burnley v Manchester United    #BURMUN
Chelsea v Southampton    #CHESOU
Hull City v Watford    #HULWAT
Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur    #LEITOT
Liverpool v Crystal Palace    #LIVCRY
Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion    #MCIWBA
Swansea City v Stoke City    #SWASTK
West Ham United v Everton    #WHUEVE

29 April 2017 (Matchweek 35)

Crystal Palace v Burnley    #CRYBUR
Everton v Chelsea    #EVECHE
Manchester United v Swansea City    #MUNSWA
Middlesbrough v Manchester City    #MIDMCI
Southampton v Hull City    #SOUHUL
Stoke City v West Ham United    #STKWHU
Sunderland v AFC Bournemouth    #SUNBOU
Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal    #TOTARS
Watford v Liverpool    #WATLIV
West Bromwich Albion v Leicester City    #WBALEI

6 May 2017 (Matchweek 36)

AFC Bournemouth v Stoke City    #BOUSTK
Arsenal v Manchester United    #ARSMUN
Burnley v West Bromwich Albion    #BURWBA
Chelsea v Middlesbrough    #CHEMID
Hull City v Sunderland    #HULSUN
Leicester City v Watford    #LEIWAT
Liverpool v Southampton    #LIVSOU
Manchester City v Crystal Palace    #MCICRY
Swansea City v Everton    #SWAEVE
West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur    #WHUTOT

13 May 2017 (Matchweek 37)

AFC Bournemouth v Burnley    #BOUBUR
Crystal Palace v Hull City    #CRYHUL
Everton v Watford    #EVEWAT
Manchester City v Leicester City    #MCILEI
Middlesbrough v Southampton    #MIDSOU
Stoke City v Arsenal    #STKARS
Sunderland v Swansea City    #SUNSWA
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United    #TOTMUN
West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea    #WBACHE
West Ham United v Liverpool    #WHULIV

21 May 2017 (Matchweek 38)

Arsenal v Everton    #ARSEVE
Burnley v West Ham United    #BURWHU
Chelsea v Sunderland    #CHESUN
Hull City v Tottenham Hotspur    #HULTOT
Leicester City v AFC Bournemouth    #LEIBOU
Liverpool v Middlesbrough    #LIVMID
Manchester United v Crystal Palace    #MUNCRY
Southampton v Stoke City    #SOUSTK
Swansea City v West Bromwich Albion    #SWAWBA
Watford v Manchester City    #WATMCI

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Dutch midfielder Marco van Ginkel would be happy to leave Chelsea to stay at PSV Eindhoven.

The 23-year-old spent the 2014-15 season with AC Milan before joining Stoke last summer, only for the Potters to cut short his year-long loan deal in January: Chelsea soon loaned him to PSV, where he made an impact and was crucial in title winning campaign.

Now that he found a team where he fits and not feeling confidence from his parent club, van Ginkel would be glad to move permanently to the Eredivisie side:

“It is still unclear what I am going to do. I need to report to Chelsea at some point in July and there is new coach there; I need to know what he intends to do,” he said to the Dutch newspaper De Telegraf.

“I am not feeling any pressure, I had a good half season here and I feel fine. If I don’t have a future in London, Chelsea would have to sell as I would only have one year left on my contract after next season.

“I had a good time at PSV, so a transfer is possible.”

 

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With Thibaut Courtois suspended following his red card against Manchester City, second choice Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has a chance today to prove himself in goal against Bournemouth.

Begovic left Stoke City last year in the move Stamford Bridge but has yet to cement his place as a first team regular. Statistics suggest that Begovic has had more success between the posts at Chelsea, keeping 8 clean sheets to Thibaut Courtois‘ 6.

There is much speculation over the future of Courtois leaving an opening for Begovic to get first team football at Stamford Bridge, however, there is also speculation that Begovic could be keen on leaving in the summer seeking more game time at another club.

Reports suggest that if Begovic doesn’t receive the game time he wants, he too will leave the club with teams like West Ham, Everton and Crystal Palace waiting in the wings to sign him.

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Cesc Fabregas was a guest of Sky Sports program Monday Night Football tonight, commenting the game between Spurs and Stoke City, that Pochettino’s side won 4-0 with braces by Harry Kane and Dele Alli, reducing the gap from Leicester from 7 to 5 points, having the Foxes drew 2-2 with West Ham yesterday.

The Chelsea midfielder revealed he doesn’t want Tottenham to win the league:

“Hopefully not, I don’t want Spurs to win it to be honest.

“For what they’ve done through the season I’d love Leicester to win the Premier League.”

Chelsea can be decisive in the title race since they will host Spurs at Stamford Bridge on Monday 2 May, with three games to go, and Leicester in the last fixture, on Sunday 15 May.

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Jack Butland has decided to stay at Stoke-on-Trent and has reportedly rejected a move to Chelsea.

The England international, who is currently with a broken ankle, would have been in the squad to go to the Euros in the summer, anyway his great performances linked with a big move away in the summer.

He told Goals: “It wasn’t the need to play straight away. It was kind of ‘what’s the next step and how can I build my career next?. I just felt at the time I didn’t want to get bogged down at a big club.”

 “I’d always back myself to try and do well, but I didn’t want to get bogged down and be another number. It felt like the next step for me was at Stoke and that was somewhere I could really develop and build something.”

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Bertrand Traore has been living a magical moment since he started to get more playing time with Guus Hiddink.

The youngster always makes an impact in the games and yesterday he scored a beautiful goal that until five minutes to go was letting Chelsea win over Stoke City:

“I took the decision to turn and shoot and it was on target,” he explains speaking to Chelsea website.

“It was a great shot, so I’m happy with it.

“Of course we wanted to take the three points and they scored a late equaliser, so it feels like a defeat, but we have to keep our heads up for Wednesday’s game.

Baba Rahman started the game as well and Ruben Loftus-Cheek came off the bench later:

“As young players they are big opportunities for us,”said Traore about him and the other young players.

“We have to push, knock on the door and work hard in training.

“Every player wants to be in the starting 11 every week. I’ve had the chance to start two games in a row so I’m very happy with that and I have to keep training well.

“From now we have to stay focused, go into training and get everything in place for Wednesday.”

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Diego Costa is injured again © Francesca Ceciarini

Diego Costa was set to start today against Stoke City but a minor tendon injury stopped him to play against Potters.

After the match Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink explained that it was more precaution and that the Spanish striker should be ok for next Wednesday crucial game against PSG:

“He had a little problem on the tendon,” the Dutch coach revealed.

“So that’s why I was bit cautious not to take the risk of worsening the situation. I think he will be OK on Wednesday.”

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Nemanja Matic in action © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic is optimistic and believes that the Blues, now 10th in the table with 40 points – 10 points under Manchester City that occupies the fourth spot with 50 points and one game in hand- can still finish in the top four.

“We’re a big team and we want to be closer to the top four,” the Serbian midfielder stated after the draw with Stoke City.

“It’s very difficult to catch them but we will try our best to win every game.

“We can certainly be in the top six and who knows what happens if we keep winning.

“It’s difficult – and maybe impossible – but in football anything can happen.”

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Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink is obviously frustrated after getting a draw at home against Stoke with the Potters scored the equaliser with five minutes to go:

“Yeah of course frustrating because we conceded a late goal – that is always frustrating.

“We scored a beautiful goal through Traore and then in the second half I think there was one key moment when the penalty was not awarded on Oscar, if you see it it was a clear, clear, clear penalty.

“I don’t often say that, but it would have been given as a free-kick if it was outside the box. I think it was a key moment but we must not say that Stoke was not pushing.

“They got encouraged by that, and they have some very creative players in the attacking part of team. At the end I think it was a fair result.”

He added: “Yeah, that’s difficult, almost impossible. Especially when other teams are also knocking on that door.

“Today’s result of West Ham for instance, we are respectful that they are also knocking on that door as well.

“You have to win, as we said, all the games.

“At the other end we know where we come from in December, one point off the relegation zone, amazingly we did it in a relatively short time to get safe of course, but also going into the mid of the table.

“Normally at Chelsea the standard is not enough, but after this season, If we can go into a very beautiful March and April it would be nice – I am referring to the upcoming Champions League and FA Cup competitions.”

Yeah of course frustrating because we conceded a late goal – that is always frustrating.

“We scored a beautiful goal through Traore and then in the second half I think there was one key moment when the penalty was not awarded on Oscar, if you see it it was a clear, clear, clear penalty.

“I don’t often say that, but it would have been given as a free-kick if it was outside the box. I think it was a key moment but we must not say that Stoke was not pushing.

“They got encouraged by that, and they have some very creative players in the attacking part of team. At the end I think it was a fair result.”

About reaching the fourth spot he admitted:

“Yeah, that’s difficult, almost impossible. Especially when other teams are also knocking on that door.

“Today’s result of West Ham for instance, we are respectful that they are also knocking on that door as well.

“You have to win, as we said, all the games.

“At the other end we know where we come from in December, one point off the relegation zone, amazingly we did it in a relatively short time to get safe of course, but also going into the mid of the table.

“Normally at Chelsea the standard is not enough, but after this season, If we can go into a very beautiful March and April it would be nice – I am referring to the upcoming Champions League and FA Cup competitions.”

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