What Chelsea should hope for in difficult run of fixtures
Chelsea are entering an extremely important stage of the season. They are heading towards the business end of the campaign, where games become more important each week. Not only this, but the Blues have a seriously tough run of fixtures coming up. Here is what they should target in their next five games.
Arsenal are struggling this season and currently sit in 10th place. They will be without top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and are not the same threat without him in their line-up.
The Gunners will be fired up for this one after the late controversy of the reverse fixture. Arteta’s side desperately need points to give them any chance of European qualification but Lampard’s Chelsea side have to back themselves to get all three points.
Hull City (A)
Hull City are currently sat 12th in the Championship. They pose a real threat going forward, especially with English forward Jarrod Bowen, but Chelsea should be capable of dealing with him.
A win in this FA Cup 4th round fixture is the only acceptable result for the Blues. After dispatching Championship opposition in the last round with relative ease, Chelsea will be confident they can do the same against Grant McCann’s men.
Leicester City (A)
This is an extremely important game for both sides. At the point of writing, Leicester are six points ahead of Chelsea but suffering from a real dip in form. They have lost three of their last five league games and seem to be there for the taking.
A lot could change before this fixture, but the Blues will need to win the game if they are to close the gap on the Foxes. However, a draw is the most likely result. Leicester’s devastating attack will cause Chelsea problems and it will be a tough game to win.
Manchester United (H)
Manchester United are struggling with similar inconsistencies that Chelsea are. They are the closest side to the Blues and Lampard’s side will be keen to banish the demons of the 4-0 defeat in the reverse fixture.
There are gaps to exploit in the United backline and Chelsea will have some joy going forward. However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are dangerous going forward with the likes of Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood. Considering the Blues’ home form, a draw would be enough.
Jose Mourinho’s men are currently struggling to cope with the loss of Harry Kane for the season. The England man is crucial to this Tottenham team and if they do not replace him in January, Chelsea can go into this game with relative confidence.
However, there are plenty of other dangerous players in the Spurs team. Also, Mourinho will be desperate to get one over on his old club. A draw would again be good enough for Lampard’s side because it would mean that Tottenham do not get any closer to overtaking the Blues.