Gonzalo Higuain

Result: Chelsea held by battling Burnley at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea draw 2-2 with Burnley in Monday’s Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge, with all four goals being scored in the opening 24 minutes. Chelsea have failed to capitalise on some favourable weekend results as they played out a 2-2 draw with lowly Burnley in Monday evening’s Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge. © Reuters Maurizio Sarri made four changes to his starting lineup on the back of the victory over Slavia Prague here four days ago, a result that keeps Chelsea’s campaign alive on two fronts, but it was one of those who retained his place in the side that had the first shot on goal. Eden Hazard’s corner was cleared back into his path and his stinging shot from a tight angle was too hot for Tom Heaton to handle, though his defenders were able to help ...

Preview: Chelsea vs. Burnley – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Monday’s Premier League meeting between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea‘s quest for a top-four finish in the Premier League continues on Monday evening with the visit of Burnley to Stamford Bridge. The Blues booked a place in the semi-finals of the Europa League in midweek and attention now turns back to the top flight, with four teams battling for third and fourth place. Chelsea © Reuters Into the last four of the Europa League and still on course for a Champions League spot for next season, Maurizio Sarri‘s debut campaign in West London could still end on a real high. Midfield star N’Golo Kante believes that going all the way on the continent, by first overcoming Eintracht Fran...

Gonzalo Higuain’s Chelsea loan ‘almost certain to be cancelled’

Maurizio Sarri reportedly does not intend to extend Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain’s loan stay at Chelsea beyond the summer. Chelsea are ‘almost certain’ to cancel Gonzalo Higuain‘s loan contract at the end of the season, according to a report. The Blues snapped up the 31-year-old from Juventus in January after allowing Alvaro Morata to return to Spain with Atletico Madrid. Higuain has not had the impact Maurizio Sarri expected, though, managing just three goals in 13 matches and none in his last five. Sarri has overlooked the ex-Argentina international for selection, leaving him out for both legs of the Europa League quarter-final with Slavia Prague and bringing him off the bench against Liverpool. Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Higuain’s time in West Lon...

How Chelsea could line up against Slavia Prague

Sports Mole looks at how Chelsea could line up for Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final first leg against Slavia Prague at the Sinobo Stadium. Chelsea have a quick turnaround to contend with when they face Slavia Prague in the Czech capital on Thursday night, having been in Premier League action on Monday. The Blues beat West Ham United to climb up to third in the table, albeit having played a game more than the other three teams battling for a top-four spot this season. A resounding victory over Dynamo Kiev in the last round saw Chelsea installed as favourites to go all the way and lift the Europa League trophy, and Slavia Prague are a team they will be expected to beat over two legs. Here, Sports Mole looks at how Maurizio Sarri could line his side up for the first of those at th...

Preview: Slavia Prague vs. Chelsea – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of the first leg of the Europa League last-eight clash between Slavia Prague and Chelsea. Chelsea head into the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final with Slavia Prague having put together a run of seven wins from nine matches in all competitions. Slavia Prague currently hold a seven-point lead in Czech Republic’s top flight, while Jindrich Trpisovsky‘s side got the better of Sevilla in the last 16 of this competition. Slavia Prague © Reuters Slavia Prague began this season looking to progress through to the group stages of the Champions League for just the second time in their history, but Cervenobili have now put themselves into a position where they are in contention for their first-ever European t...

Result: Eden Hazard scores brace to lift Chelsea up to third

Eden Hazard scores a goal of the season contender and adds a late second as Chelsea see off West Ham United 2-0 at Stamford Bridge to move up to third place. Eden Hazard scored twice, including a contender for goal of the season, to earn Chelsea a 2-0 win over West Ham United on Monday evening that lifts them up to third in the Premier League. © Reuters Chelsea started to make their dominance count with a little under a quarter of the match played as N’Golo Kante, finding all sorts of space high up the pitch, spun away from Angelo Ogbonna and fired over the bar. That attempt was off target but Eden Hazard lit up the match with his sublime solo goal soon after, taking the ball past Mark Noble around 35 yards from goal, knocking it between Fabian Balbuena and Ogbonna in the final third...

Gonzalo Higuain open to Chelsea stay

Gonzalo Higuain has insisted he wants to stay at Chelsea next season. The Argentina striker joined Chelsea on loan from Juventus in January but has mustered just three goals in 11 appearances for the Blues. Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri feels Higuain must sharpen up to make a real fist of life in the Premier League but still wants the 31-year-old in his squad next term. Higuain, right, is enjoying working under Sarri, left, again. (Adam Davy/PA) Chelsea’s appeal against a two-window transfer ban will be heard by FIFA on Thursday and if that cannot be overturned the Stamford Bridge club may not be able to make Higuain’s move permanent. “From a personal point of view I want to do as well as I can so I can be here for next season,” Higuain said.  “That’s my i...

Chelsea in contact with Robert Lewandowski representatives?

A report claims that Chelsea are interested in signing Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski as they have doubts over loan striker Gonzalo Higuain. Chelsea have reportedly been in contact with the representatives of Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski about a summer move to Stamford Bridge. The Blues are said to be in the market for a new number nine, despite bringing in Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus in January. Higuain has struggled to make an impact during his loan spell in West London, scoring just three times in 11 appearances, and Chelsea are unlikely to take up the option to sign him permanently at the end of the season. According to The Mirror, the Premier League side’s search for a new goalscorer is said to have taken them to the Bundesliga, with Lewandowski and Borus...

How Chelsea could line up against West Ham United

Sports Mole looks at how Chelsea could line up for Monday night’s Premier League London derby with West Ham United at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea could ensure that they end the gameweek in the top four of the Premier League table when they host West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on Monday night. The Blues began the weekend level on points with Arsenal – who face Everton on Sunday – but neither Tottenham Hotspur nor Manchester United are in Premier League action. Victory would guarantee that Chelsea sit in the Champions League places before turning their attention to European matters, then, although they face a West Ham side unbeaten in the last three editions of this fixture. Here, Sports Mole looks at how Maurizio Sarri could set his side up for the London derby. Out: Ethan...

Result: Chelsea net two late goals to beat Cardiff City in Wales

Ruben Loftus-Cheek scores a 91st-minute winner as Chelsea come from behind to record a 2-1 victory over Cardiff City in Wales. Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored a 91st-minute winner as Chelsea came from behind to record a 2-1 victory over Cardiff City in Sunday afternoon’s Premier League clash in Wales. Victor Camarasa‘s 46th-minute effort looked to be securing a huge three points for Neil Warnock‘s side, but Cesar Azpilicueta levelled the scores in the 84th minute before Loftus-Cheek broke Cardiff hearts late on. Cardiff will feel hugely aggrieved by the final result, though, with Azpilicueta clearly offside when he headed the away side level six minutes from time. © Reuters Eden Hazard was left out of the Chelsea XI, but there was no room for Callum Hudson-Odoi once again as Wi...

Preview: Cardiff City vs. Chelsea – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday’s Premier League clash between Cardiff City and Chelsea, including predictions, team news and head-to-head records. Top-four chasing Chelsea mark their return to Premier League action with a trip to relegation-threatened Cardiff City on Sunday afternoon. The Blues fell to defeat at Everton prior to the international break and cannot afford to drop points in South Wales this weekend if they are to keep pace with the three sides directly above them. Cardiff City © Reuters Cardiff’s 2-0 win over a flat West Ham United three weeks ago provided them with a massive boost, coming on the back of three successive top-flight defeats. After building momentum with their first back-to-back wins of the season by overcoming south-coast pair Bournemouth and Southamp...

Chelsea unlikely to sign Gonzalo Higuain on permanent deal?

Chelsea are reportedly unlikely to push through a permanent deal for Juventus loanee Gonzalo Higuain. Chelsea have reportedly been left uncertain as to whether to push through a permanent deal for Gonzalo Higuain. Juventus have allowed the forward to spend the next 18 months at Stamford Bridge, but the Argentine has only contributed three goals from 10 outings in all competitions. Chelsea had seemingly been prepared to complete the acquisition of the 31-year-old but according to Tuttosport, the Blues may instead look for an alternative option. The report suggests that Chelsea’s two-window transfer ban could prove to be an issue, while the West Londoners may have reservations over committing a large fee on a player who will turn 32 before the end of the 2019. However, Juventus alleged...

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