N’Golo Kante

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...

Result: Chelsea reach Europa League semi-finals after thriller with Slavia Prague

Chelsea survive a comeback from Slavia Prague to progress through to the Europa League semi-finals courtesy of a 4-3 victory at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night. Chelsea have earned a place in the Europa League semi-finals courtesy of a dramatic 4-3 victory over Slavia Prague on Thursday night. The Blues held a 4-1 lead after just 27 minutes before being pegged back by Slavia in the second half, but Maurizio Sarri‘s side survived the closing half-hour of the contest to prevail 5-3 on aggregate. Chelsea will now take on Eintracht Frankfurt after the Bundesliga outfit recorded a 2-0 win over Benfica, a result which saw the Portuguese side bow out on away goals with the teams locked at 4-4 over the two legs. The Premier League team went into the game knowing that avoiding defeat would ...

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

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of the second leg of the Europa League last-eight clash between Chelsea and Slavia Prague. Chelsea head into the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final with Slavia Prague on Thursday night looking to build on their narrow success last week. Slavia matched their more illustrious opponents for much of the game in the Czech Republic, but a late header from Marcos Alonso gave the Blues a 1-0 victory. Chelsea © Reuters Maurizio Sarri has targets to meet in two competitions, but the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon may just lead to the Italian showing more priority to success on the European scene. Chelsea are again outsiders to claim a top-four place in the league standings, but the Bl...

Result: Liverpool back on top of Premier League with win over Chelsea

Liverpool return to the top of the Premier League table courtesy of a 2-0 win over Chelsea at Anfield. Liverpool have returned to the top of the Premier League table courtesy of a 2-0 win over Chelsea in Sunday afternoon’s entertaining clash at Anfield. Manchester City had moved to the summit with a 3-1 victory at Crystal Palace earlier in the afternoon, but the Reds regained first position with a two-goal success over the Blues, who stay fourth in the division. Jurgen Klopp‘s side are again two points clear of City, but the reigning champions do have a game in hand, meaning that the advantage is still with the Citizens. © Reuters There were no real surprises in the Liverpool XI, with the big decision perhaps seeing Naby Keita keep his spot ahead of Georginio Wijnaldum, while J...

Combined XI: Liverpool vs. Chelsea

Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from the squads of Liverpool and Chelsea ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash between the two sides. The biggest game in the Premier League this weekend takes place at Anfield on Sunday as title challengers Liverpool face top-four chasing Chelsea. Both teams have some momentum on their side heading into the heavyweight tussle, as the Reds have won six matches in a row and the Blues are on a four-match winning streak. There is no doubt that Liverpool have had the better season of the two sides, boasting 16 points more than their opponents, but how many of Chelsea’s players would make it into Jurgen Klopp‘s side? With that question in mind, Sports Mole has selected a combined XI from both squads, using only players available f...

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...

Preview: Chelsea vs. West Ham United – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Monday night’s London derby between top-four chasing Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea host West Ham United in a Monday night London derby knowing that victory will lift them into the top four of the Premier League table. The Blues have been in patchy form of late but begin the weekend level on points with fourth-placed Arsenal, while West Ham have been even more inconsistent than their hosts but remain in the hunt for a top-half finish. Chelsea © Reuters Every Chelsea match at the moment comes with not only the backdrop of a fiercely-competitive top-four race, but also the ongoing questions over Maurizio Sarri‘s future. The Italian seems to perpetually be one bad result away from the suggestion of the sack, even though victory on Mond...

Robbie Savage: ‘Manchester United should make N’Golo Kante bid’

Manchester United should move for Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante this summer, according to pundit Robbie Savage. Manchester United should launch an ambitious bid for Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante in this summer’s transfer window, according to pundit Robbie Savage. Savage, who came through the youth system at United, has claimed that the Frenchman ‘could be tempted’ by the opportunity to help the Red Devils return to the top of the Premier League. Kante has once again been a key figure for Chelsea this season, but the 28-year-old has been moved from his favoured holding midfield position to accommodate Jorginho, who followed Maurizio Sarri to Stamford Bridge. “Kante has won the Premier League with Leicester [City] and Chelsea already, and who’s t...

Result: Chelsea coast to victory over Brighton & Hove Albion

Chelsea boost their hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League with a 3-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion in Wednesday’s clash at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have moved up to fifth in the Premier League table with a 3-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion in Wednesday’s clash at Stamford Bridge. Olivier Giroud gave the Blues a deserved half-time lead, before Eden Hazard and Ruben Loftus-Cheek both added fine individual efforts in the space of three minutes after the break. Chelsea now find themselves level on points with fourth-placed Arsenal, while Brighton remain five points above the relegation zone after making little impact in West London. Maurizio Sarri opted to hand a first Premier League start to Callum Hudson-Odoi, and the academy graduate offered the bi...

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