Sunderland face Chelsea with the relegation-threatened Black Cats needing to win
Sunderland enters this week a point behind Newcastle with a match with Chelsea for the last spot in the league. Norwich City is still in this fight as well, but Sunderland certainly has the look of the best of the three teams hoping to survive for one more season in the top flight. Chelsea is just stuck in the middle of the table however the Blues are slight favorites in this fixture. The duel between Sunderland and Chelsea is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. ET on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Stadium of Light. The matchup will be televised on NBC Sports Network.
Chelsea wasn’t the better team on the pitch against Tottenham on Monday in the 2-2 draw. The Blues celebrated as if they won the Premier League when they knocked the Spurs out from contention and Leicester City was handed the title. Chelsea does have a 4-1 road win at Bournemouth to its credit, but aside from that, the results are pretty bad at the end of the campaign.
Sunderland has draws in six of its last nine matches. During that stretch the 3-0 win against Norwich City will probably end up being the difference separating these teams at the end of the campaign. The Black Cats have drawn two straight against Stoke City and Arsenal. The Sunderland manager, Sam Allardyce knows that this is the game his team has to have to shake free of Norwich and Newcastle. The defense of the Black Cats has been in good form as of late. The defenders Patrick Van Aanholt, John O’Shea and the rest at the back have played fantastic. Also, goalkeeper Vito Mannone is playing great at shutting the door in the box . Best Sports Site Blog thinks that Chelsea could be stymied from the defensive play of Sunderland and would give the edge to the Black Cats in this one.
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Chelsea FC to host Tottenham Hotspur FC – Premier League
Tottenham will be hoping that Leicester City will not claim all three points at Manchester United on Sunday. That would mean that the Spurs would still have a chance at the Premier League championship by the time it gets on the field on Monday night. If Leicester succeeds to claim all three points then the Spurs can focus on locking up a spot in the Champions League next year. The matchup between Chelsea and Tottenham will take place on Monday, May 2, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. ET at Stamford Bridge. The game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network.
Tottenham has overachieved this season and has held the second position on the table for quite some time. They have gotten 15 results from 17 away matches so far. They are missing some key players for this match. A versatile defensive player, Eric Dier is out with a concussion and is unlikely to be cleared for this one. Midfielder Nabil Bentaleb is still probably a week or two away from returning from his knee injury. Midfielder Dele Alli has also been charged by the FA and is likely to be suspended for this fixture.
This year the Chelsea team is just 5-7-5 at home and is playing uninspired ball right in the middle of the EPL table. Chelsea was definitely better against Bournemouth last weekend with a 4-1 away win. Prior to that win, the Blues lost to Manchester City 3-0, and lost 1-0 on the road at Swansea before that. Chelsea has a long list of injuries. Centre back Gary Cahill is out with the flu and still isn’t back in training as of Wednesday. Forward Loic Remy, centre backs John Terry and Kurt Zouma are all out of the fold for now. One of the best goalkeepers of his generation, Thibaut Courtois is out serving a two match suspension against Tottenham. Best Sports Site Blog thinks the Blues have done a nice job incorporating some of the younger members of the team in some games which were relatively meaningless. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Bertrand Traore, Kenedy and Matt Miazga, all of which are 20 years old or younger, have shown plenty of signs of improvement. We believe that the Spurs could reasonably have nothing left to play for this year themselves, and would give the edge in this match to the Blues.
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Southampton host Chelsea this Saturday – Premier League
Southampton is the only team in England which has allowed a single goal since the middle of January. The Saints have made a nice run and they’re on the verge of competing for a spot in the Europa League next year. A win over Chelsea at home would be massive on Saturday. The soccer match between Southampton and Chelsea will be played on Saturday, February 27, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. ET at St. Mary’s Stadium. The game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Live Extra.
Southampton has been playing to at least a draw in six straight matches. The team hasn’t allowed a goal in that run, and it is 3-0-0 at home in its last three against West Ham, West Brom and Watford. Striker Shane Long has been in awesome form for the Saints, as has goalkeeper Fraser Forster. The Saints were dominant back in October when these two last met, a clinical 3-1 victory at Stamford Bridge before we really knew that everything was falling apart for the Blues.
Chelsea is starting to look more promising. The Blues blasted Man City in the FA Cup last weekend 5-1, and though the match earlier that week against PSG was lost, the 2-1 defeat at least kept them alive for the second leg. Prior to that, Chelsea blew out Newcastle 5-1 and escaped a potential failure at home against Manchester United to get a point. Chelsea might be in better form at the moment, but for our money, Southampton is the better of these two clubs. The Saints were dominant back in October when these two last met, a clinical 3-1 victory at Stamford Bridge before we really knew that everything was falling apart for the Blues. Chelsea might be in better form at the moment, but for our money, Southampton is the better of these two clubs.
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The Barclays Premier League gives way to the 5th round of the FA Cup this weekend in England with the Chelsea versus Manchester City game
Chelsea heads into this game looking to return to winning ways after they were beaten 2-1 by Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 clash on Tuesday night. They may be down, but it would be wrong to rule them out after picking up a crucial away goal in that game. Manchester City have to play in the Champions League early next week, and there’s still the matter of trying to run down Leicester City in the Premier League while getting back into at least the Top 3 in the process. It would be easy for the players to take their foot off the gas pedal here in this one against Chelsea which has been a mess all season long. The matchup between Chelsea and Manchester City will take place on Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. ET at Stamford Bridge. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 2.
Manchester City is looking to return to winning ways after their disappointing 2-1 home defeat by Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League last weekend. The Citizens suffered their second home defeat in an important match, and they aren’t playing to their potential at the moment making them look vulnerable. There isn’t a heck of a lot left for Chelsea to play for this year, but it can still work its way into European competition next year by winning the FA Cup. This is going to be a full Chelsea side with nothing left to play for but this. Though it would be easy to hit the self-destruct button here at home, we can’t imagine the Blues doing so in front of their hometown fans.
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