Build-Up To The New Season – Chelsea

Team: Chelsea

Nickname: The Blues

Founded: 1905

Manager: Antonio Conte

Stadium Name: Stamford Bridge

Stadium Capacity: 41,631

Major Honours: (6) Division One, (2) Division Two, (7) F.A Cups, (5) League Cups, (4) Community Shields, (1) Champions League, (1) Europa League, (1) UEFA Super Cup

Main Rivals: Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United, West Ham, QPR, Fulham, Brentford

Biggest Win v Brighton: 4-0 (February 1967)

Biggest Defeat v Brighton: 2-1 (January 1933)

Last Meeting: Brighton 0-1 Chelsea (15/3/89)

When Do They Play Brighton: Tuesday 26th December (Stamford Bridge), Saturday 20th January (AMEX Stadium)

 

Players To Watch:

Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois

Defender: David Luiz

Midfielder: N’Golo Kante 

Striker: Eden Hazard

 

After a dissapointing season previously, Antonio Conte had his work cut out, to propel Chelsea back up the table and back into the Champions League. After 3 wins for 3 at the start of the season, Chelsea failed to win the next 3 including defeats against rivals Arsenal and Liverpool. However, a superb run of 13 straight wins helped them go to the top of the table by the end of the year. Tottenham inflicted their first defeat since September when the two London rivals met just after New Years Day, but 14 wins in the remaining 18 games saw them win the title by 7 points, also setting a new Premier League record for most wins in a season, eclipsing the previous record of 29 wins set by themselves during Jose Mourinho’s first spell in charge.

 

Last Season’s Finish: 1st

Predicted Finish; 3rd

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