Chelsea batter Morecambe in 4-0 FA Cup Fourth Round win

The Blues never really needed to get out of second gear as Frank Lampard’s side flexed their goal scoring muscles.

Chelsea were on front foot from the word go here as Mason Mount fired home a superb opener.

Lampard’s hosts then laid siege to the Morecambe goal before the break before Timo Werner tapped home a second.

And there was no let up after the restart as Callum Hudson-Odoi’s solo goal made the game safe on 48 minutes.

Morecambe keeper Mark Halstead worked overtime from there to keep the score respectable before Kai Havertz’s late header wrapped it up for Lampard.

Full Time from Stamford Bridge it’s Chelsea 4 Morecambe 0

Manchester City cruise to 3-1 Premier League win at Chelsea

City impressive run of recent form puts them just four points behind leaders Liverpool as goals from Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne secured a massive result in London.

Guardiola’s team were on their A game from the start in this one with a 20-minute blitz putting them 3-0 up before the break.

German star Gundogan smashed home his third goal in four games to get City going before Foden brilliantly swept home De Bruyne’s cross.

And the Belgian talisman wasn’t to be denied his own goal before the half time break as he started and buried an emphatic City counter attack.

Chelsea’s chances of a comeback vanished almost immediately after the restart as wave after wave of City pressure kept Edouard Mendy busy from Rodri and De Bruyne.

The hosts did notch a consolation in added time, as Kai Havertz’s cross was slid home by fellow sub Callum Hudson-Odoi, but there was very little to shout about at the end as the pressure grows on Frank Lampard.

Full Time at Stamford Bridge it’s Chelsea 1 Manchester City 3

Five City players to miss trip to Chelsea through isolation

Pep Guardiola has confirmed that his Man City side will be without 5 squad players for their trip to Stamford Bridge. Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus continue to self-isolate following recent positive coronavirus tests. Three other unnamed City squad members are also in isolation which led to City’s game against Everton on Monday being postponed.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is expecting Sunday’s clash of Blues to go ahead despite the number of positive cases and has faith in the precautions both sides are taking.

Assuming it does, Lampard should have Hakim Ziyech available who is due back from his hamstring injury, although Reece James swops places with him on the treatment table having picked up a similar injury.

Chelsea come into this game having only won one of their past five Premier League matches, taking four points from a possible 15. And this is not traditionally a good time of year for them as the Blues have failed to win their opening Premier League fixture in each of the past four calendar years. But they have been strong at home recently, only losing one in the last 14 and that was against champions Liverpool.

Manchester City are currently unbeaten in 10 matches in all competitions, and all three points in this game would give them three consecutive league fixtures for the first time this season.

However, with Jesus out and Aguero not at full fitness, questions still remain over the gifted squad who have only amassed 26 points – their lowest record after 14 matches for 10 years.

The game kicks off at 430pm on Sunday the 3rd of January.

Premier League: Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa

But Frank Lampard’s men could not get back to winning ways after their 3-1 loss at Arsenal on Boxing Day, to be left instead with just one victory in their last five league matches.

Villa, by contrast, extended their unbeaten run to five matches, to sit fifth in the table and hold off Chelsea in sixth.

Chelsea boss Lampard made six changes from the Boxing Day defeat at Arsenal but will have been frustrated not to receive the upswing in performance he had demanded.

Villa’s neat build-up play and compact work off the ball kept Chelsea pegged back regularly throughout a cagey opening half-hour.

But just when Villa were gearing up to be reasonably satisfied with their work, Chelsea finally strung together a move of purpose and incision.

The first true flowing attack from the Blues yielded the breakthrough, as Chilwell delivered the telling cross – and Giroud applied the deadly finish.

Villa snatched an equaliser shortly after the break to halt Chelsea’s momentum, though the legitimacy of the goal would be long debated.

El Ghazi tapped home at the far post but would arguably not have had the space to do so had Grealish been censured for his tackle on Christensen in the build-up.

Villa managed to see the rest of the game out, leaving Stamford Bridge with a 1-1 draw.

Premier League: Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa

But Frank Lampard’s men could not get back to winning ways after their 3-1 loss at Arsenal on Boxing Day, to be left instead with just one victory in their last five league matches.

Villa, by contrast, extended their unbeaten run to five matches, to sit fifth in the table and hold off Chelsea in sixth.

Chelsea boss Lampard made six changes from the Boxing Day defeat at Arsenal but will have been frustrated not to receive the upswing in performance he had demanded.

Villa’s neat build-up play and compact work off the ball kept Chelsea pegged back regularly throughout a cagey opening half-hour.

But just when Villa were gearing up to be reasonably satisfied with their work, Chelsea finally strung together a move of purpose and incision.

The first true flowing attack from the Blues yielded the breakthrough, as Chilwell delivered the telling cross – and Giroud applied the deadly finish.

Villa snatched an equaliser shortly after the break to halt Chelsea’s momentum, though the legitimacy of the goal would be long debated.

El Ghazi tapped home at the far post but would arguably not have had the space to do so had Grealish been censured for his tackle on Christensen in the build-up.

Villa managed to see the rest of the game out, leaving Stamford Bridge with a 1-1 draw.

Premier League Preview: Chelsea v Aston Villa

They play host to Aston Villa in their final game of 2020 and the former England man is expected to make changes.

Full back pair Reece James and Ben Chilwell are both back in action after their injuries were not as bad as first feared.

But Kai Havertz and Jorginho could return to the starting team in place of Mateo Kovacic and Timo Werner.

Villa have enjoyed a much better festive period than their hosts in this one with back-to-back 3-0 wins over West Brom and Crystal Palace.

That run of results means he’s likely to make less changes than Lampard, with the suspended Tyrone Mings the only absentee, with United States international Ezri Konsa set to step in.

And this one gets going at 5.30pm at Stamford Bridge on December 28th.

Premier League Preview: Chelsea v West Ham

Back to back defeats against Everton and Wolves has dented the Blues confidence ahead of this one and the former England star is certain to make changes.

Hakim Ziyech misses out through injury, but Mateo Kovacic and Billy Gilmour could both potentially return as Lampard looks to stiffen up his midfield unit.

Hammers boss David Moyes has stuck with a consistent line up in recent weeks with his team picking up an eye catching four wins in their last six matches.

The Scottish coach has confirmed he’ll wait on some late fitness checks before naming his side, with Aaron Cresswell and Fabian Balbuena both struggling with knocks.

Ryan Fredericks and Issa Diop are on stand by to step in if needed, but there is positive news on Jarrod Bowen, with the flying winger passed fit to start.

And kick off in this Tier 4 clash is set for 8pm tomorrow night at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea cruise to 3-1 Premier League win over Leeds United

An impressive performance from Frank Lampard’s side keeps them firmly in the title race thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud, Kurt Zouma and Christian Pulisic.

Despite the final result, it was the visitors that started the brightest, as former Blues forward Patrick Bamford bagged his eight goal of the season.

Kalvin Phillips’ pass caught the Chelsea backline out of position and Bamford kept his cool to tuck past Edouard Mendy.

Chelsea did look to quickly react to that setback as Timo Werner’s deflected onto the bar and Illan Meslier denied Mason Mount.

But the with the traffic all heading in one direction, Giroud hauled the Blues level on the half hour mark.

Reece James delivered a perfect ball into the box and the Frenchman got across his man to finish at the front post.

Both sides showed plenty of drive after the restart with vital missed chances at either end as Raphinha tested Mendy and Werner brought a brilliant stop from Meslier.

But the Blues didn’t have to wait much longer for a second as Zouma escapes his marker to power home Mount’s corner.

That goal seemed to edge the final stages for Chelsea as Meslier was called into action again to deny Giroud and Werner.

And Lampard’s side finally snatched that all important third goal in added time as Captain America Pulisic slid home from Werner’s pull back.

Full Time at Stamford Bridge it’s Chelsea 3 Leeds United 1

Premier League: Chelsea v Leeds United

It’s fair to say it took Chelsea a little time to click in to gear this season after an influx of high-profile summer signings, but the Blues appear to have found their rhythm recently under Frank Lampard after a run of seven wins in the last eight games in all competitions.

In fact, Chelsea haven’t lost a game inside 90 minutes since September and comfortably swept aside Sevilla 0-4 in the Champions League midweek with striker Olivier Giroud bagging all four goals.

The Frenchman’s brilliant display – which saw him score with his left foot, right foot, head and from the penalty spot – may give Lampard some food for thought as to whether to start Giroud ahead of the visit of Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United.

Leeds are 12th in the Premier League table, but such is the congested nature of the league so far this season, 3 points at Stamford Bridge – which they are perfectly capable of – would see them within touching distance of the top six.

However, the Whites don’t tend to perform well in London, having won just once in their last 21 visits to the capital.

Further to this, Chelsea’s record against promoted sides is formidable – their 68 wins in 83 matches against promoted teams is the best of any side in the Premier League era.

Frank Lampard has a fresh enough squad to pick from too, with several Blues players rested against Sevilla.

That includes Ben Chilwell, who concerningly rolled his ankle against Spurs in the last Premier League contest but is expected to be available against Leeds.

Marcelo Bielsa meanwhile will be without Pablo Hernandez and Adam Forshaw, but Jack Harrison and Diego Llorente are expected to return to the fold.

Leeds may opt to start with Patrick Bamford up front – the Chelsea academy graduate, who never played a league game for the Blues, is the Whites’ top scorer this season.

Chelsea v Leeds United kicks off at 8pm on Saturday 5th December.

Chelsea and Tottenham battle out 0-0 Premier League draw at Stamford Bridge

Lampard stretched his unbeaten Premier League run over Jose Mourinho to three games in one of the more forgettable London derbies.

Neither side created much in a busy opening half an hour, with Timo Werner offside goal the closest to a breakthrough.

Spurs seemed happy to leave the Blues in possession in the first 45 minutes with Serge Aurier and Harry Kane testing Edouard Mendy from distance.

Chelsea continued to edge it in a scrappy start to the second period as Tammy Abraham skidded a header wide of Hugo Lloris’ post.

Lampard threw on Olivier Giroud to try and force a winner in the closing stages and the French striker almost punished Joe Rodon’s error in added time but Lloris reacted smartly to save a point for Mourinho.

Full Time at Stamford Bridge it’s Chelsea 0 Tottenham 0

Premier League: Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur

Both sides have made excellent starts to the season, putting busy European schedules aside to mount early title challenges.

Spurs are the leaders of the pack at the minute, and come into the game having rested many of their big names in a routine 4-0 win over Ludogorets on Thursday night.

With that in mind, Spurs should have a fully-fit Harry Kane to call upon, as he continues his excellent start to the season looking for his 17th goal involvement in just his tenth game. The England striker has seven goals and nine assists so far, most of which have been laid on for Son Heung-Min, who also enjoyed a night off on Thursday.

Despite their packed schedule, Spurs actually won’t have too many injuries to contend with when they visit the Bridge, with Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela the only definite absentees. Japhet Tanganga made a return from injury in the win over Ludogorets and could return to the squad to contend with Joe Rodon and Davinson Sanchez to partner Eric Dier at centre-back.

Giovanni Lo Celso is also a doubt with a knock, but after scoring 35 seconds after coming on as a sub in the win over Manchester City last weekend, could still make the squad from the bench.

Chelsea had to work a little harder than Spurs on Tuesday night, needing a late winner from Olivier Giroud to edge past Rennes and qualify for the Champions League last 16 with a 2-1 win.

Manager Frank Lampard also has practically a full squad to choose from for the visit of Spurs, with Christian Pulisic available after recovering from a hamstring injury which has seen him miss most of the start of the season.

Thiago Silva played 90 minutes against Rennes and should continue alongside Kurt Zouma, after missing last weekend’s win over Newcastle through fatigues from international duty.

Sunday will mark Roman Abramovich’s 1000th game in charge of Chelsea and also the last game the Blues will have to play in front of an empty stadium, with 2,000 fans ready to be allowed into Stamford Bridge when Leeds United are the visitors on December 5th.

And they could come back as their team tops the league, as a win over Spurs could send Chelsea top of the pile if Liverpool fail to beat Brighton on Saturday.

Chelsea take on Spurs at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, November 29th. Kick-off is at 4.30pm.

Chelsea star Timo Werner on fire with Germany in UEFA Nations League action

After initially struggling to find that net in the Premier League, the 24-year old joined up with Joachim Low’s side with five goals in his last seven game.

He has picked that form up with the national side after bagging a brace in their 3-1 Nations League win over Ukraine.

Elsewhere on the international circuit, midfielder Mateo Kovacic has returned to London after testing positive for Covid-19 with Croatia.

The former Real Madrid man will now enter into self-isolation until he has returned the mandatory two negative PCR tests.

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