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Why Chelsea Should Sign Saido Berahino

There’s always a plenty of buzz surrounding young English players who excel at the younger age groups. Thus, it is no surprise that there’s a spotlight on the West Brom striker Saido Berahino who had an impressive season in the league and there’s plenty more to come from the young attacker.

Tottenham’s interest in Saido Berahino has cooled, according to the reports, leaving Chelsea as the frontrunners for the striker’s signature. The Express claims that Spurs are worried about the potentially de-establishing influence Berahino could have on the team. Interim Chelsea manager, Guus Hiddink, though has added Berahino’s name to a shortlist of strikers, to replace Ramadel Falcao and possibly Loic Remy, if he leaves. Saido Berahino could be exchanging sullen handshakes with Guus Hiddink, rather than Tony Pulis, soon enough.

Hiddink’s second choice striker, Loic Remy has only just recovered from an ankle injury while #3 Ramadel Falcao is weeks away from playing, thanks to a thigh problem. An injury to Costa more substantial the bruised knee he suffered in the FA Cup win over Scunthrope on Sunday would leave Chelsea woefully short. Besides, Remy is being targeted by Galatasary, Newcastle, Villa and Palace.

Everything you need to know about him:

Born 14th August 1993, in Burundi, Saido Berahino is a forward currently playing for West Brom. He broke onto the scene in the 2013-14 season, scoring 9 goals in 35 games including a hat-trick in the FA Cup on his debut while his first premier league goal was the winner in a 2-1 victory over Manchester United. However, it was the 2014-15 season where is grabbed the attention of the elite clubs. 14 goals in 38 premier league appearances was a very impressive return for a 21-year-old playing in a side that struggled to score goals.

What makes him one of the best youth players?

Standing at only 5’11”, he certainly isn’t the tallest of strikers but he is very strong for his height. He’s able to shield the ball from the opposition rather well, meaning his hold-up play is much better than expected. However, when given space to run with the ball or behind a defense, he can cause havoc. His blistering pace allows him to exploit a high-line held by an opposition defense whilst his smart movement allows him to create space within the box to get into a goal-scoring position which is a rare trait to have for someone so young and raw.

One aspect of his game that is vastly under-rated is his passing ability. A striker’s ability to pass the ball well allows them to bring others into play, create goal-scoring chances and dictate the direction of the attack. Berahino’s passing success rate is 83%, just behind Rooney. Another area of his game that is really impressive is his shot accuracy. In this aspect he is better than Rooney and Aguero. When he shoots, he often hits the target. Versatility is a key area in which Berahino shines. He seems comfortable on the right hand side and central midfield role, and playing in these roles, he can in turn improve his performances and can give a very good return.

Weaknesses

The only area where he needs some enrichment is the ability to finish and his left foot. He has a lot of talent, and with right coaching system around him, he could easily blossom into a 15-20 goal a season striker. Hopefully, he reaches his potential.

 

Manchester United vs Chelsea: Confirmed Lineups

Here are the confirmed lineups: 

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Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael, Smalling, Rojo, Shaw, Blind, Fellaini, Januzaj, Di Maria, Mata, van Persie

Subs: Lindegaard, Blackett, Fletcher, Carrick, Herrera, A.Pereira, Wilson

Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Filipe Luis; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Drogba.

Subs: Cech, Zouma, Ake, Mikel, Baker, Salah, Schurrle.

Manchester United vs Chelsea: Lineups, Preview, Match Facts & Prediction

Chelsea have been flying high in the League so far, as they are the only team to boast an unbeaten record after eight matches. Manchester United, their opponents, have stuttered so far, as their form has seesawed while the new players are adjusting to life in the League. Chelsea have a well-balanced team, which has propelled them to first place on the table; while United are eighth as of now on the table, and could fall further if they do not get at least a point from this fixture.

It will be a contest between the master and his protege, as Louis van Gaal will take on Jose Mourinho. When van Gaal was the manager at Barcelona, Jose Mourinho rose through the ranks from third manager to the first-team coach, who gave halftime talks to the first-team players. Both managers hold each other in high regard, but both will not give each other any leeways once on the pitch. Both managers will look to intercept each other’s tactics and make the appropriate tweaks to their respective sides. Jose Mourinho has less to lose at this stage, with a five-point-lead over the second-placed team so far, but he will look to get a point away from home, while Louis van Gaal will want to grab the win and get United’s campaign back on track.

This fixture will be a true test for both sides, and Louis van Gaal has been bestowed with the tag of being the only manager who can put an end to Chelsea’s juggernaut, which has been wreaking havoc through players such as Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard and Oscar, who have terrorized opposition defences as they have notched up win after win. United have their own force of players who are all capable of creating magic, but they have been let down by a glass defence, as most of their defenders are injury-prone and reserve-team defenders have been used to plug the gap in defence, behind players such as Angel di Maria, Wayne Rooney and Ander Herrera. However, both teams will be missing their most valuable players – Wayne Rooney will miss out through suspension for United, of a two-match ban for a ludicrous tackle; and Diego Costa will play a bit-part role for Chelsea due to a hamstring problem. There are fresh reports claiming that Costa will start tonight, but it is yet to be seen what Mourinho has in his minds.

In their past five meetings at Old Trafford, United and Chelsea have won two matches each, while drawing one. Manchester United will look for a good display from Angel di Maria, who has set the pitch alight with his frenetic tempo, whereas Chelsea will look for a great display from last season’s hero, Eden Hazard, who has been overshadowed by his teammates, Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, even though his own game has improved vastly from last season, even though he has not grabbed too many goals for himself. This game has arrived at an opportune time, when both teams want to prove that they are title contenders, and both sides will use this opportunity to get early bragging rights.

Expected line-ups:

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Thibaut Courtois – Branislov Ivanovic, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Cesar Azpilicueta – Cesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic – Andre Schurrle, Oscar, Eden Hazard – Willian/Diego Costa/Didier Drogba

Manchester United (4-4-2 diamond): David de Gea – Rafael, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw/Chris Smalling – Daley Blind, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini/Juan Mata, Angel di Maria – Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie

Match Facts:

  • Manchester United have won only six of their last 22 Barclays Premier League games against Chelsea.
  • Chelsea have kept clean sheets in their last two Premier League games at Old Trafford. They have not kept 3+ clean sheets in a row there since a spell of five between 1968 and 1972.
  • United have had a man sent off in two of their last three Premier League encounters with Chelsea.
  • The last man to score a goal in this fixture (at Old Trafford) was Juan Mata, playing for the Blues.
  • Angel Di Maria has assisted a goal in four of his last five Premier League games for Manchester United.
  • Robin van Persie has scored six Premier League goals against Chelsea but all of them have come at Stamford Bridge.
  • Only 14 players have started for Chelsea in the Premier League this season, a smaller spread than any other team, while Manchester United have used 30 players in the Premier League this season, more than any other club.
  • Chelsea are the only Premier League opponents that Man Utd have lost more games (15) against than won (13) against.
  • John Terry should make his 430th Premier League appearance in this game; he will overtake Frank Lampard as the player with the most appearances for Chelsea in the competition.

Facts Compiled from uk.eurosport.yahoo.com

Prediction:

A 2-2 draw

(Picture) Chelsea Stars Train Hard Ahead Of The Champions League Clash

The Chelsea squad began their preparation on Monday morning as they welcome Slovenian side Maribor in the Group G game of the Champions League. The Blues have kick started their campaign in style as they are yet to lose a game and stand 5 points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table.

Chelsea will head into the game without the likes of Ramires, Jon Obi Mikel, Andre Schurrle, while the fitness of Diego Costa is a major question. Manager Jose Mourinho has himself admitted that he has no idea when top scorer Diego Costa will be fit again.

The Spanish International has been struggling with a Hamstring problem since the start of the season, and it looks like he cannot play the next two games atleast, but they still have plenty of quality to call on in a match they will know they should win given home advantage.

“It is the same problem. But now it is an injury, not an ‘almost’ injury. It’s simple. Costa is not training because he is not in condition to do so.

“I have no idea how long he will be out. Tomorrow he cannot play. The weekend is not important right now –  but he cannot play tomorrow.”

Costa’s absence will give room for Remy to have a run in the first team, while club legend Didier Droga is yet to gain full fitness although he was involved in the training. With a key clash against Manchester United on the horizon, expect Jose Mourinho to rest some of the key players.

Here are some of the pictures from the training ground.

Crystal Palace vs Chelsea: Confirmed Lineups – Costa Not In The Lineup

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Here are the confirmed lineups for today’s game:

Crystal Palace:  Speroni, Kelly, Hangeland, Delaney, Ward, Bolasie, Jedinak, McArthur, Ledley, Puncheon, Campbell.

Subs: Mariappa, Guedioura, Doyle, Zaha, Hennessey, Gayle, Chamakh.

Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Remy.

Subs: Cech, Zouma, Filipe Luis, Mikel, Salah, Drogba, Solanke

Did Arsenal’s Wilshere Use The Phrase “F**k off you f**kin p****y” On Chelsea Captain?

A whole lot of crazy things happened throughout the game as Chelsea outclassed Arsenal to pick up three comfortable points at Stamford Bridge. It was Hazard and Diego Costa with the goals while Fabregas assisted one of them.

The game although lacked that fiery London Derby gameplay, had some heated moments right from the kickoff. Arsene Wenger decided to push Jose Mourinho on the touchline as Sanchez was shown the Premier League’s brutality by Garry Cahill. And in the aftermath of that incident, Arsenal were awarded a free-kick during which Jack Wilshere decided to exchange few nasty words towards his former International team captain John Terry.

From what is doing the rounds on Twitter, we assume the exact words from Wilshere were F**k off you f**kin p****y”

Have a look at it and decide for yourself:


 

Chelsea vs Arsenal: Confirmed Lineups

Here are the confirmed lineups for both the teams:

Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, JT (c), Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa.

Subs: Cech, Zouma, Filipe Luis, Mikel, Willian, Salah, Remy.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Wilshere, Flamini, Cazorla, Ozil, Alexis, Welbeck.

Subs: Martinez, Monreal, Coquelin, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Campbell, Podolski.