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Busy April ahead, but we’re nearly there

The quiet month of March ended with us getting three wins out of three ahead of the International break. We had two hard thought 2-1 away league wins and of course the FA Cup home win against Manchester United. We now have double the amount of fixtures this month with three home league fixtures, two away league fixtures and that big semi-final against Spurs at Wembley. We’re not over the line in the league yet, but nearly, we just need to keep taking one game at a time and do what we have been doing. Maybe then there will be the chance that we can then try to win two trophies this season, the league of course though is the priority.

As mentioned at the start of the calendar year, myself and a couple of friends are doing a Sky Sports Super 6 game points system as we have decided to try to predict our results for the remainder of the season. All for a bit of fun to see how we’d do. You’d be more than welcome to join us if you like, just get in contact? I had another good month last month but so did George but I do still lead our mini-league as of the end of March:

Oliver – 34 points in total (7 correct results, 4 correct score)
Alexis – 26 points in total (8 correct results, 2 correct score)
George – 24 points in total (7 correct results, 2 correct score)

Below then are the fixtures for the month of April, before each game we’ll do our predictions and update the blog. Then after the game the result and a small match report etc will be updated:

League – Sun 30 Apr 2017 14:05 EVERTON 0 VS CHELSEA 3 – Sky Sports
Pedro (66), Cahill (79), Willian (86)
Attendance: 39,595 & Referee: Jonathan Moss

Pre-Match Predictions:

Pedro’s great second half strike

Oliver – Everton 1 Chelsea 1
Alexis – Everton 1 Chelsea 2
George – Everton 0 Chelsea 3

A top class second half performance saw us cruise past Everton in the end. With what looked like our trickiest away fixture in the run in, turned out to be a breeze as we blew Ronald Koeman’s team away. Everton pushed forward in the first half of the game but never really threatened us as we allowed them to play a little bit. Then after the break we dug in and finally took them apart, starting with Pedro’s fantastic left footed strike from outside the box. Just four game to go now.

League – Tue 25 Apr 2017 19:45 CHELSEA 4 VS SOUTHAMPTON 2 – Sky Sports
Hazard (5), Cahill (45+1), Costa (53, 89)
Romeu (24), Bertrand (90+4)
Attendance: 41,168 & Referee: Lee Mason

Pre-Match Predictions:

Oliver – Chelsea 2 Southampton 0
Alexis – Chelsea 1 Southampton 0
George – Chelsea 2 Southampton 1

Well I was expecting that type of game or result. I honestly thought it might be more tricky than that and a little bit edgy. It wasn’t to be and although Southampton got level to make it 1-1 I wasn’t the slightest bit concerned with the outcome of the result. Once we got the lead again with literally the last kick of the first half it was always going to be an easy second half. Another three points then and we going marching on.

FA Cup SF – Sat 22 Apr 2017 17:15 CHELSEA 4 VS SPURS 2 – BBC
Willian (5, 43), Hazard (75), Matic (80)
Kane (18), Dele (52)
Attendance: 86,355 & Referee: Martin Atkinson

Pre-Match Predictions:

Oliver – Chelsea 2 Spurs 1
Alexis – Chelsea 2 Spurs 1
George – Chelsea 3 Spurs 2

We all predicted the win for us and although Spurs are going well and tried to give us a game. That voodoo we have over them was just there once again and we fully deserved the win. What a cracking game, what a day and what a goal from Matic:

League – Sun 16 Apr 2017 16:00 MAN UTD 2 VS CHELSEA 0 – Sky Sports
Rashford (7), Herrera (49)
Attendance: 75,272 & Referee: Bobby Madley

Pre-Match Predictions:

Oliver – Man Utd 1 Chelsea 1
Alexis – Man Utd 1 Chelsea 2
George – Man Utd 1 Chelsea 1

I wouldn’t say we felt the pressure yesterday, I just think unfortunately Manchester United did a job on us. They had a game plan, a similar one from our FA Cup tie but on this occasion they executed it better and just did not allow us to play. It was disappointing Conte didn’t have any answers to Jose’s plans, but as per all our setbacks this season. Which of course, there haven’t been many. We’ll learn from it and that again will make us even better. No worries from us here though, we move on and look forward to the next game.

League – Sat 8 Apr 2017 17:30 BOURNEMOUTH 1 VS CHELSEA 3 – BT Sport
King (42)
Smith (17) og, Hazard (20), Alonso (68)
Attendance: 11,283 & Referee: Andre Marriner

Pre-Match Predictions:

Oliver – Bournemouth 0 Chelsea 2
Alexis – Bournemouth 0 Chelsea 2
George – Bournemouth 0 Chelsea 2

The pressure was apparently on before kick off with Spurs just four points behind us after their win earlier in the day. We certainly didn’t show it though and I thought our reaction to that was first class. We controlled the game, got a bit of luck but also showed some real class like we have done for most of the season. Just seven game to go now.

League – Wed 5 Apr 2017 20:00 CHELSEA 2 VS MAN CITY 1 – BT Sport
Hazard (10, 35)
Agüero (26)
Attendance: 41,528 & Referee: Mike Dean

Pre-Match Predictions:

Oliver – Chelsea 1 Man City 1
Alexis – Chelsea 2 Man City 1
George – Chelsea 2 Man City 1

After the Palace defeat I said we’d bounce back and we have. Yes, City were pushing towards the end and had a couple of half chances but once the substitutions were made and Matic came on we looked back in control of the game. Hazard could have got a hat-trick too but he had a few wayward second half shots. The charge to the title is back on.

Eden Hazard on form as he struck twice against City

League – Sat 1 Apr 2017 15:00 CHELSEA 1 VS PALACE 2
Fàbregas (5)
Zaha (9), Benteke (11)
Attendance: 41,489 & Referee: Craig Pawson

Pre-Match Predictions:

Oliver – Chelsea 2 Palace 0
Alexis – Chelsea 1 Palace 0
George – Chelsea 3 Palace 2

Just a blip. Nothing to see here. We still played well, could have and should have won but it was just one of those days. Better to slip up now against a team like Palace than one of our closest rivals. We’ll get back on track no question come this Wednesday.

Coming next month too, a Frank Lampard special blog.

Updated: May 3, 2017 — 11:13 am

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