How Will Chelsea Lineup against West Ham?

With a new boss at the helm, Chelsea will start their 2016/17 Premier League campaign at Stamford Bridge on Monday against a strong West Ham side.

Although the Blues have strengthened considerably in the transfer market this summer – with the likes of Kante and Batshuayi coming in, only the French midfielder is expected to start on Monday in the Chelsea starting lineup.

Here is how we think Chelsea will Lineup against West Ham:

Although he’s facing a competition for his place from Asmir Begovic, it would be a huge surprise if Thibaut Courtois isn’t named in the starting eleven on Monday.

Last season wasn’t the best one for the Belgian shot stopper – with injuries marring his campaign and no doubt he will be hoping to set things straight right from the start this time around.

At a time when almost all of their rivals have brought in defenders to strengthen their defence, Chelsea will start this season with the same back four which featured last season.

With Azpilicueta and Ivanovic playing on the flanks, Terry and Cahill will be in the heart of Chelsea defence against West Ham.

Defensive Midfield
If there’s one player whose name is already cemented in the Chelsea starting eleven, it has to be the new arrival N’Golo Kante.

Alongside him, Fabregas is expected to start with Matic on the bench.

Attacking Midfield
While Conte might change many things in the long run at Chelsea, he’ll be going against West Ham with the same attacking midfield which featured for Chelsea on numerous occasions last season. Oscar will play in the role behind the striker, with Willian and Hazard providing the support from the wings.

There might be rumours of his exit from Chelsea, but Diego Costa is still the best option that Chelsea have in their strike department. However, if Costa wants to stake his claim for a spot in the long run, he will have to control his volatile temperament.

Chelsea are disrespecting John Terry, Claims former Defender

Ahead of Tuesday’s Night’s encounter with the reigning Premier League Champions, former Chelsea defender David Luiz has slammed the treatment of John Terry by his former club.

The English defender is set to leave Chelsea after series of failed contract talks and Luiz claims that the London club has disrespected the legendary defender.

Terry announced in January that he will leave the Stamford Bridge at the end of this season.

It was expected that Chelsea would grant the defender with a 1-year contract extension but any such rumours have been proven to be false.

“John is probably Chelsea’s greatest ever player, the club need to show him some more respect,” Luiz said,

“He has been clear that he wants to stay at the club, and they are making him wait for an answer.”

Terry will miss the all-important Champions League encounter for Chelsea on Tuesday.

He suffered a hamstring injury during the weekend and has been ruled out of this particular fixture.

After Terry announced that he won’t be renewing his contract with the Blues, Chelsea were bombarded with criticism from a large portion of their fans.

The club responded by saying that the “channels of dialogue” were still open.

However, according to Luiz who played in the Chelsea side that lifted the Champions League in 2012, Chelsea should never have allowed Terry to leave in the first place.

“I am confused why John hasn’t been offered a new contract. He is still the best central defender at the club and one of the best in England, there should be no question about him being offered another a year.

“I really don’t know what to say, the whole situation has confused me. I think it’s obvious to everybody he deserves an extension.”

Gary Cahill

Roma Plot January Move for Unsettled Chelsea Defender

According to latest reports from various media outlets, Chelsea defender Gary Cahill is on the radar of Roma as the transfer window draws to a close.

After the English defender expressed his frustration at the lack of game time under Guus Hiddink (he is yet to make a Premier League appearance in 2016), Cahill has been linked with a number of clubs ranging from both Premier League and abroad in the last few days.

Remember Cahill was an integral part of Jose Mourinho’s first team but ever since Jose was axed, Cahill has been seen warming the bench more often than not.

Liverpool were the first club to be linked with Cahill and now an Italian suitor has reportedly entered the frame to secure Cahill’s services.

That club is said to be AS Roma and they look set to firm up their interest with an offer for the defender before the January window slams shut.

Roma currently sit 5th in the Serie A standings and are eager to add to their backline.

It remains to be seen whether Spaletti will move for Cahill. It’s unlikely Chelsea would allow Cahill to leave on the cheap with him signing a new deal only recently.

Then again, this is the January transfer window and literally anything can happen.


Leicester Set to Beat Newcastle in race for Chelsea Striker

According to reports coming from British newspaper The Daily Mirror, Leicester are closing in on the signing of out of favour Chelsea striker Loic Remy.

Newcastle are also long term admirers of the French striker, being Remy’s former club, but it is former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieiri who is set to lure the 29-year-old to King Power Stadium in this transfer window.

After the arrival of Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato at Stamford Bridge, it was only a matter of time before clubs came calling for Remy, sniffing an opportunity.

In an effort to earn his place in the French national team that will play in the European Championships this year (in France), Remy is looking for a move away from Stamford Bridge.

Although the French have the likes of Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema ahead of him, more goals and games could help Remy muscle his way into the France side.

Chelsea Manager Guus Hiddink has also fueled the claims that Remy is going to leave the club with his recent comments. Here is what Hiddink had to say on the future of the Frenchman:

“Remy has a slight calf injury right now. We’ll see what happens in the upcoming hours. But I don’t think being injured now has any influence on whether he stays or goes” said the interim Chelsea boss.

This could easily be taken either way, but knowing the media it’ll likely stir up further rumours of a move.


Chelsea Defender Set to Sign One-Year Contract Extension

According to news coming from British newspaper ‘The Independent’, Chelsea defender and Serbian international Branislav Ivanovic is set to sign a new contract with the club before the end of this month.

Ivanovic’s current contract with Chelsea will run out at the end of this season.

His form has been questionable of late and there were rumours that the defender would be saying goodbye to the Stamford Bridge faithful in the summer.

Manchester City are one of the clubs that are reportedly interested in his acquisition. However, if sources are believed to be true, interim Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink is set to award the Serbian with a one-year extension.

Chelsea fans might not be amused with his contract extension given the level of performances from the Serbian in recent months.

Ivanovic joined the London side in 2008 as an Avram Grant signing. Since then, the Serbian has made more than 300 appearances for the club and has won every trophy bar the FIFA Club World Cup with Chelsea.