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Frank Lampard has returned home

Frank Lampard has been named the new Chelsea manager on a three year deal after leaving Derby County.

The Chelsea legend has received a lot of praise while at Derby County, with Lampard leading the side to the Championship play-off final.

While at Derby, the Chelsea man brought Mason Mount on loan from Chelsea and is more then likely to hand him a contract extension.

Lampard; who made 648 appearances, scored 211 goals and won 13 trophies; will sure to take a whole new approach with a young Chelsea side.

Chelsea received a lot of criticism for shipping out young players on loan over recent years.

However, fans are now confident that Lampard could be the man to start playing the exciting young talent at Chelsea with players like Mount, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Tammy Abraham, Reece James and Ethan Ampadu.

With the club having a transfer ban and a young side, it will be a difficult season for Lampard but with the fans fully behind the club legend, he has every chance of a successful season.

Race for the top 4

The Premier League is now a 2 horse race. Most may argue that it always has been, and Tottenham’s midweek meltdown at Chelsea ended any hopes the North London club had of being included in that esteemed group.

With just 10 games left to go, and 2 crucial Champions League spots up for grabs, a look at the remaining fixtures of Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea could provide valuable insight over who will consolidate their place in the top 4.

Tottenham

Spurs look to prevent a 3rd loss in a row in the league when they play Arsenal tomorrow. It could be the first time they’ve lost 3 in a row since 2012 when they lost to… Arsenal. Spurs will want to gain ground on their North London rivals and try to cement their position in 3rd place and try to avoid being dragged into the fight for 4th place. Tottenham have 6 of their last 10 remaining games at home, although 3 of those are London derbies where current form has no relevance. Spurs will also have a big say on where the Premier League title could end up as they still have to travel to Liverpool and City before the end of the season. Spurs getting Harry Kane and Dele Alli back to full fitness will be key to their run in.

Key games: Liverpool, Manchester City

Arsenal

In contrast to Tottenham, Arsenal has just 4 of their remaining 10 fixtures at home, one of which sees the North London side face up against a resurgent Manchester United. If the Gunners were to lose that game it would see them lose ground to one of their top 4 rivals. Their next 2 fixtures are the North London derby followed by Manchester United’s trip to the Emirates. If Unai Emery’s men can come out of those 2 games still in the hunt, they will be encouraged by their remaining games as ‘on paper’ they have the most favourable run-in of the 4 sides. With the upturn in form of Ozil and Mkhitaryan, along with the always dangerous duo of Lacazette and Aubameyang, Arsenal will fancy their chances of a return to the Champions League for the first time in 3 years.

Key games: Tottenham, Manchester United

Manchester United

The Red Devils have six of their remaining fixtures at home starting with Southampton tomorrow afternoon. United will be hoping to build on their incredible run of form since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over from Jose Mourinho. They currently have the longest unbeaten run in the Premier League and have just broken Sir Alex Ferguson’s record for consecutive away wins with their 8th in a row coming via a comfortable 3-1 victory at Selhurst Park despite having an injury-ravaged squad. Confidence is obviously high and will need to be as United still have massive games on the horizon with Arsenal, Chelsea and a Manchester derby still to play. With noisy neighbours City still to play, that could have huge ramifications on their quest for a top 4 place. United will relish the challenge, seeing as though Solskjaer’s men have recently beaten Arsenal and Chelsea in cup competitions. The reverse league fixture against Sarri’s blues was frustrating for the North West giants after an undeserved last-minute equaliser from Ross Barkley stopped the Red Devils taking home all three points. United finish the season with 2 bottom-table sides in the shape of Huddersfield and Cardiff that barring a dramatic turn of events will already be relegated. They still have an array of talent to return, including Martial, Herrera, Mata and Jesse Lingard. Ole will hope this caps off his resurrection of the team and consolidate his push for the managerial position.

Key games: Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City

Chelsea

The Blues, like Arsenal, only have 4 home games left, the first of those being this weekend against a Wolves team that won the reverse fixture in December. However, the West-Midlands side lost midweek to struggling Huddersfield, whereas Chelsea go into the game after a big win over Tottenham at Stamford Bridge. After the embarrassing scenes in the Carabao Cup final, Maurizio Sarri will be hoping to get Chelsea back in the right mood and push for a spot in the top 4. Chelsea kicked off the season in extraordinary form but as time has gone on the future of the manager has been called into question with many Blues fans fed up with the Italian’s ‘Sarriball’ style of football and the placement of Ngolo Kante in the wrong position. Chelsea still has big games remaining, with trips to Liverpool and Manchester United still to play, and with their involvement in the Europa League, this could make their chances of securing a top 4 place difficult. However, should Chelsea win those games, everything looks good for the Blues. If the West London side could win the Europa League, it would grant Sarri’s side automatic Champions League qualification, rendering any Premier League slip-ups irrelevant.

Key games: Liverpool, Manchester United

An exciting end to the season is virtually guaranteed, and the race for those final Champions League places begins tomorrow!

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Is this wonderkid set to move to London this summer?

According to reports in the Mirror Online Norwich City wonderkid, James Maddison could be set to swap East Anglia for the capital this summer, with both Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea chasing the 21 year-olds signature.

The central midfielder has been in impressive form this season scoring 14 goals in all competitions and providing 10 assists for his teammates. With this rich vein of form, the ‘Canaries’ are looking for a fee in the region of £25m for Maddison and with Norwich looking like they’re going to have another season in the Championship the lure of Premier League football may be hard to resist for Maddison.

Tottenham have a history of plucking young talent from the Football League with Dele Alli joining the club from Milton Keynes Dons for £5m in 2014, and also they promote from within with the likes of Kyle Walker-Peters and Josh Onomah been given their first team debuts in recent seasons.

Chelsea, on the other hand, could be too much to resist as like Tottenham they are consistently in the mix for major trophies every season and with the clubs average squad age of 27.7 years, the ninth highest in the Premier League the club may look to bring in young talent and Maddison fits the bill perfectly.

If the Norwich midfielder continues in the form he is in between now and the end of the season, then it will be more than just Tottenham and Chelsea in for him, but one thing is for sure that the ‘Canaries’ will be looking for as much money as possible for their starman.

Tottenham and Chelsea fans which club should sign Maddison this summer and why? Norwich fans would you like to see Maddison stay at Carrow Road and develop with your club? Let us know in the comments section…

Why Chelsea should sign this striker this transfer window

This January transfer window, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has said that Michy Batshuayi is free to leave Stamford Bridge, frustrated by his lack of game time. In addition, Alvaro Morata is in a sticky spell at the minute, scoring three in his last 15 for the Blues.

So it is clear that Conte needs a striker this window, taking into account that Swansea City’s top scorer this season, Tammy Abraham, is on loan from Chelsea. However, there is cover for Morata needed, and the man who could perfectly fit that is Edin Dzeko.

Dzeko, formerly of English side Manchester City and currently at AS Roma, would be a great fit at Stamford Bridge as he has shown that despite being 31, he still has class, scoring nine goals already this campaign.

He scored twice in the thrilling 3-3 Champions League match earlier in the season between Chelsea and Roma, showing he can still score goals against top English opposition.

In addition, during his time at the Etihad, he was well known for being a supersub, someone who Roberto Mancini or Manuel Pellegrini would bring on and he would score goals, and that is what Conte is looking for to cover Morata.

Chelsea have been linked with the likes of Peter Crouch, a boyhood Chelsea fan, Andy Carroll and Christian Benteke. All of these are brilliant strikers, but Dzeko is a proven constant goalscorer, shy of injuries and a man that fans love to love. He would be a great fit into Chelsea’s side, but it is to be seen if Conte sees the same in him.

Chelsea vs Arsenal: Preview & Combined XI

The pressure could be potentially heaped on Arsene Wenger’s shoulders in Sunday’s first Super Sunday clash as he takes his side to Stamford Bridge to face Champions, Chelsea. 

Arsenal have a torrid record against last season’s top six failing to win in the last 13 outings to them as well as losing seven of their last eight at Stamford Bridge.

The Gunners have lost two on the bounce on their travels and have not lost three straight league away games since 1954.

Chelsea meanwhile, have looked more their usual self since losing on the opening weekend against Burnley.

Alexis Sanchez is fully fit to play Sunday after featuring in Thursdays win over FC Koln in which Theo Walcott (calf) limped off, whilst Santi Cazorla (ankle) and Francis Coquelin ( hamstring) are definitely out.

Chelsea’s only injury problem is midfielder Danny Drinkwater who is expected to be out until the end of October after sustaining a calf problem; Eden Hazard however, is in contention for his first start.

Arsenal’s last win against last season’s top six was a 2-0 win away at Manchester City back in 2015 and have since drawn five and lost eight on their travels against these clubs.

Chelsea have won their last five home Premier League games against Arsenal since 2011 and the Gunners have not kept a Premier League clean sheet away to Chelsea in twelve attempts.

Combined XI

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech (Arsenal)

There is no doubt Thibaut Courtois is now one of the best goalkeepers in the world, but Cech for me who of course is a former Chelsea favourite has to get the nod. The nine-time Czech player of the year is the all time clean sheet record holder in the Premier League and I felt I had to include him despite current form which you could argue a case for Courtois.

RWB: Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)

Whilst it has to be said Moses had a stellar season last year after it looked his Chelsea career was over, Bellerin for me is the better of the players.

The Spaniard scored in Arsenal’s 3-1 over FC Koln on Thursday night and will need a top display against Chelsea on Sunday.

CB: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) 

The French international on his day is crucial for Arsenal and just about beats Gary Cahill in to this team. A solid performance from Koscielny could be the difference for the Gunners on Sunday and he will be pivotal in Arsenal’s chances.

CB: David Luiz (Chelsea)

My first 3 choices in this XI may have been Arsenal but unfortunately for Arsenal fans this is where it goes fairly Chelsea based! There is no doubt that most people and even Chelsea fans must have thought it seemed rather a panic buy from Chelsea when they re-signed David Luiz for a reported £34 million. However, lo and behold, the Brazilian international came up trumps last season and was crucial in Chelsea’s success.

CB: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) 

Azpilicueta, or ‘Dave’ as he is known to the Chelsea fans has been an extremely versatile signing for them since arriving from Marseille for just £7 million, a fee which seems an absolute bargain with how good he has been. The nineteen-capped Spanish international can play anywhere across the defence has been utilised heavily in back three under Antonio Conte.

LWB: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea)

It was quite remarkable the impact the Spaniard had on his arrival to Chelsea. The fomer Real Madrid prodigy arrived last summer from Fiorintina for around £24 million and has started this season in fine form once again already scoring two goals.

Midfield: N’golo Kante (Chelsea)

Gary Lineker famously said before the 2016/17 season that if Chelsea were to sign Kante from Leicester City they would win the league which they ended up accomplishing. He has since been likened to former Chelsea midfielder Claude Makélélé due to his playing style and role. The French international has also been named in the PFA team of the year two years running.

Midfielder: Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) 

There is no doubting the ability of the former Arsenal man, he has been there doing it for years in the Premier League, minus his stint at Barcelona, he can easily control the play of any team he is in and is the second all time assist holder in the Premier League behind Ryan Giggs.

Forward: Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 

Hazard has had his doubters in his time at Stamford Bridge in terms of the heights he will reach but there is no question he put them to sleep with an incredible 2016/17 campaign. Hazard is one of the best players in the world currently and will be a menace for Arsenal to defend against with the Belgian international in contention to start for the first time.

Forward: Alvaro Morata (Chelsea) 

We haven’t seen enough of Morata and Alexander Lacazette in the Premier League so far this season to judge who will have the better season Morata has just edged it in terms of who I have been most impressed with so far. His clinical finishing and excellent movement will cause Arsenal problems on Sunday if he is at his best but equally it will be interesting to see how Lacazette does in the battle between the two.

Forward: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)

Finally we have Chilean international Alexis Sanchez. One of the most talked about summer transfers which involved a reportedly ‘done deal’ for him to go to Manchester City, Sanchez remains professional and scored a wonderfully struck hit against FC Koln from outside the box on Thursday night. The Gunners would have been in real trouble this season if Sanchez was to leave.

I have actually been rather kind to Arsenal with this XI a lot would still argue Moses over Bellerin and perhaps Cech isn’t the ‘keeper he used to be. I don’t believe there is a case for Ozil in this side it would mean substituting Hazard or Sanchez which even Arsenal fans wouldn’t agree with. Then in terms of midfield I can’t find any case for putting Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka or Mohammed Elneny, over the two chosen.