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Match Report Chelsea vs Manchester City

City suffer defeat in London, written by Henry Parish

Chelsea put an end to City’s impressive unbeaten run on Saturday after a huge 2-0 win over the Premier League Champions at Stamford Bridge.

City started the game without in form Striker and top goal scorer Sergio Aguero who was ruled out with injury along with last season’s match winner and former Chelsea player Kevin De Bruyne, who remains on the sidelines.

The Champions who also started without second striker Gabriel Jesus lined up with a front three of Sane, Sterling and Mahrez while Chelsea started with star man Eden Hazard up top, with Morata dropped to the bench.

City dominated long periods of the first half having much more of the ball however were undone right on the stroke off half time after Chelsea’s first real threat and shot on goal.

Ngolo Kante scored his second league goal of the season smashing home Eden Hazards clever pass from a quick Chelsea counter attack which caught City out. Chelsea went into the break with a one goal lead after a real smash and grab first half performance.

In the second half Chelsea gained momentum and City found themselves chasing the game with the hosts pushing for a second. City eventually made the change bringing on a recognized striker with Gabriel Jesus entering the field to try and change the game. However it was too little to late as David Luiz headed home with a great header from a corner in the 78th minute to secure the 3 points.

Despite an excellent performance in the first half and having an impressive 61% possession throughout the game, City failed to put the ball in the back of the net and were punished by a clinical Chelsea side. Putting an end to an end to an unbeaten run.

Sergio Aguero’s injury remains a real concern for City as it is still unkown how long he will be out and with games coming up thick and fast over the Christmas period they may have to learn how to adapt to life without their star striker.

After a defeat in midweek to Wolves, Sarri’s men were quick to bounce back by beating the Champions, becoming the first side to score against them without conceding this season.

A win for Chelsea means they sit fourth in the table just two points off Spurs while Liverpool’s win over Bournemouth in the weekend early kick off meant that they overtake City leaving Pep’s men in second and a point behind the leaders.

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Are Blackburn set to sign these two League One players in January?

Blackburn Rovers have had a terrific run in the first half of the League One campaign, as they have managed to accumulate 48 points from 24 games, which has seen them end 2017 in third position in the league table.

Rovers under manager Tony Mowbray have scored 44 goals so far this term and have only conceded 22, which is the third-best defence in the league as things stand.

Despite the flying start to the season that they have had, Rovers are linked with both Devante Cole and Amari’i Bell of Fleetwood Town.

Devante Cole – At 22 the young striker has certainly made his mark in League One, as he has already found the back of the net 10 times this campaign and is amongst the top scorers. Alongside his goalscoring record, he has provided 4 assist for his team, showing he can create goals as well.

With age well and truly on his side, he could be the perfect acquisition for Blackburn as he could go on and have a long spell at Ewood Park and with the way that the club are playing he could be a Championship player next season.

Amari’i Bell – The left fullback has been ever-present for Fleetwood Town in this seasons league campaign and played a major part in the clubs play-off campaign last season. Bell also offers a bit of versatility as he can play in a more attacking role on the left wing, and this has shown as he has 4 goals and 2 assists to his name this season.

Blackburn fans would you like to see Devante Cole and Amari’i Bell sign for your club in January? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section…

 

Manchester City vs Shakhtar Donetsk Match Preview

Manchester City host Shakhtar Donetsk in the Uefa Champions league tonight and City will be hoping to carry on their good run of form. If City win it will be the first time they have won their opening two Champions League fixtures since they started competing in the competition.

 

Manchester City left-back Benjamin Mendy faces a late fitness test for Tuesday’s Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk at Etihad Stadium. Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan (knee) and defender Vincent Kompany (calf) are not yet fit.

 

Manchester City have been in scintillating form since the season kicked off and the club have scored a massive 27 goals in just nine league games. Also in their first match of their Champions League campaign they demolished Feyenoord in Rotterdam eventually winning the game 4-0.

 

Should Sergio Aguero inevitably find the net in tonights match he will equal Eric Brooks record of most goals for Manchester City on 177. Should he score two he will break that record to become the clubs all time top scorer. It is worth noting that Aguero has played 234 less games than Brook which is a phenomenal stat.

 

Shakhtar Donetsk captain Darijo Srna to miss Manchester City clash after testing positive for banned substance. The player has denied the allegations and has made himself not available for the game. He is a good player who Donetsk will miss not that City fans will mind.

 

It will be an interesting game but I just can’t look away from Manchester City as they are playing some brilliant football and are just steam rolling past teams so my money would firmly be on a big home win.

 

Who do you think will win tonights clash? Let us know in the comments section below…

 

Who would of thought it?

Go back to 2011 and Huddersfield Town were just starting their League One campaign and star striker Jordan Rhodes was aiming for a promotion.

 

Fast forward six years and The Terriers are unbeaten in the Premier League so far and have yet to concede a goal. David Wagners side got off to the perfect start, after a summer of anticipation and excitement, with a 3-0 win away to Crystal Palace which was a result that sent shockwaves around English football. They followed that performance  up with a 1-0 win at home to Newcastle United and then they drew 0-0 at home to Southampton.

 

What’s their secret?

The secret to Huddersfield’s success can be found within their summer spending which in my opinion they got spot on. The signing of Aaron Mooy from Manchester City could go down as one of the signings of the season. The Australian won the three points with his strike against Newcastle and has controlled the midfield in their first three games. Manchester City may be looking back at what they missed in the midfield gem after they sold him to The Terriers for just ten million pounds

 

The Signing of Tom Ince will prove to be a smart one as he must be determined to finally make it in the Premier League after two failed spells with Blackpool and Hull City. The 25 year old is a dangerous threat down the wing and if he can produce the goods Huddersfield could be on for a good season.

 

Finally, the signing of Steve Mountie has been integral as the winger has scored two Premier League since his club record move from Montpellier for 11.4 million pounds and he ran the show against Crystal Palace.

 

Huddersfield have had a great start and sit comfortably in 3rd place which begs the question as to whether they can keep it up and finish in the top half of the table?

 

Can they keep it up and challenge for the top half? Let us know in the comments section below…

 

 

Is this the hottest prospect in the Premier League right now?

Before the international break many saw Ben Woodburn as a player who had potential but isn’t ready for the level of the Premier League yet.

 

Two Wales games later and suddenly Woodburn has burst onto the international scene scoring a vital winner against Austria from outside the box just four minutes after coming on and then tonight he provided the assist for Robson-Kanu’s opener in the 2-0 win against Moldova away from home.

 

This is a pretty special feat for someone of just 17 years old and it’s hard to believe that the young lad has done more than Gareth Bale in the last two international games.

 

Surely it won’t be long until Woodburn will be playing for Liverpool particularly as Jurgen Klopp seems to be an admirer of the young welshman. Before the hype can really start surely we must wait and see if the lad can kick it in the Premier League?

 

With his recent performances can it be seen that Woodburn is the hottest prospect in the league? I would argue that he has some way to go before he can pip the likes of Marcus Rashford and Dele Alli but surely he is going in the right direction.

 

Do you think Woodburn is the real deal or just another hyped up kid who hasn’t earned his reputation yet? Let us Know in the comments section below.