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2012-13 Chelsea FC Roster: Drogba, Kalou, Bosingwa Out, Fernando Torres To Stay

Chelsea FC News: Didier Drogba Among Three Leaving Stamford Bridge, Fernando Torres Staying: The 2011-12 Champions League winners from Chelsea know that they are going to have themselves a heck of a fight this coming year in the Premier League. Manchester City is going to be eager to defend its crown, and Manchester United clearly won’t be sitting still after falling just one result shy of yet another title, losing out instead to its “noisy neighbors.” The Blues started to shape their 2012-13 Chelsea roster right after the end of the Champions League season though, as Didier Drogba is leaving, while Fernando Torres is apparently staying.

Earlier in the week, there was worry that Torres would be asking for a Chelsea transfer, potentially to another Premier League rival. The Spaniard was notably upset over a lack of playing time, and that was most apparent in the Champions League Final in Munich when he was not put in the Starting XI. That being said, Torres has taken a bit of a turn in his ways, announcing that he will be staying with the club and will be trying to do more for the team going forward.

Perhaps the news of Torres happily staying at Stamford Bridge could stem from the fact that Drogba is leaving. Drogba is clearly one of the best players that Chelsea has ever had. He had been with the team for the last eight seasons, and he has been one of the emotional leaders and top scorers for a team that has had one of its best runs ever in the Premier League. The brutal truth of the matter is that it was time for the 34-year old to move on to different things in his career.

Drogba definitely went out on a high, though. The striker was the man that netted the goal that saved Chelsea’s Champions League title bid in Munich, a goal that was celebrated with Torres immediately. After scoring 157 goals and logging a Champions League crown and three Premier League titles, Drogba is ready to leave the Blues and English soccer altogether.

So what’s next for Drogba? It is almost certainly going to be a radical move, to say the least. Shanghai Shenhua understandably has interest in the striker from the Ivory Coast. One of Drogba’s best friends and former teammates, Nicolas Anelka is already with that club. Drogba could also be on the move to the MLS, where a number of veterans like Roy Keane, Thierry Henry, and David Beckham have gone in recent years.

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The 2013 Chelsea FC roster definitely wasn’t done being formed there. The team is going to have plenty of money to go out and spend, especially now that it is cutting ties with Salomon Kalou and Jose Bosingwa. Unlike the situation with Drogba, both Kalou and Bosingwa know that they have a large portion of their careers in front of them. Both players were key cogs in the Starting XI for Chelsea in Munich, and both had their roles this year. Kalou only played in 12 games, while Bosingwa had 27 appearances. Both are going to be highly sought after for sure, not only in England, but in the rest of European soccer as well.

The 2012 Chelsea FC transfer rumors are already heating up. Eden Hazard, one of the top young strikers in the world is already being linked to the top Premier League teams with money to spend, and Hulk, from FC Porto, could be joining him at Stamford Bridge if the price is right in the transfer season as well.

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Chelsea FC News: Chelsea’s Fernando Torres Might Leave Blues

Chelsea FC Breaking News: Fernando Torres Could Quit Team: Normally speaking, when a player wins the biggest prize in European club soccer, the Champions League, he is one of the happiest campers in the world. Instead, Fernando Torres is incredibly upset at the way that he has been handled this year by the Blues, and he reportedly wants to leave Stamford Bridge.

This has already been as hectic of a year as could be for Chelsea. The team hired the manager that was supposed to take it to the next level in the form of Andre Villas-Boas, but he was sacked about halfway through what was turning out to be a disappointing campaign. The Blues finished just sixth in the table, and they were largely out of contention for a spot in European soccer next year for the entire campaign.

The new skipper of the club, Roberto Di Matteo didn’t fare all that much better domestically, though at least Chelsea did finish just one point back of the Top 5 at the end of the 2012 Premier League season. However, where he really made the difference was in the Champions League, where anything can, and quite often does happen.

Chelsea literally did what was supposed to be the impossible this year. The team was able to knock of Barcelona in a home-and-home set just to get into the finale, and then, on German soil in a de facto road game, the Blues took care of Bayern Munich on their home pitch in penalties to claim the league title and to ensure that they will be in European competition once again next year.

Still, the turmoil sits. Di Matteo still doesn’t have a vote of confidence that he is going to be back as the manager of the team next year, while Didier Drogba needs a new contract to stay at Stamford Bridge as well.

Torres was the ultimate surprised and the coup de grace in a tumultuous season. The Spaniard was quoted as saying that it was a “big surprise” to be left out of the starting XI in Munich on Saturday, and it was the second time this year that he was kept out of a finale, being left unused in the FA Cup Final against Liverpool as well. Torres did come on in the Champions League Final for the last seven minutes of regulation and extra time. He was not selected for any of the penalty kicks.

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The truth of the matter is that Torres was brought to Chelsea to be the club’s top striker. Instead, he often found himself on the bench, and he only ended up logging a total of six goals for the campaign. Torres started in 20 games and came on as a sub in a dozen others. It was the worst scoring output of the career of the Spaniard, even worse than the nine goals that he scored for an offensive-crowded Liverpool team in his final year at Anfield.

The next question is what the Blues could possibly do with their man that they just sunk 50 million Euros into last year. Surely, if Torres comes up on the market, the two massive Spanish sides, Barcelona and Real Madrid would love to get involved in the bidding, but the problem is that Torres isn’t guaranteed a starting spot on a regular basis on either of those squads. Instead, a Torres transfer might have to come to a team like a PSG, that has been willing to spend money but hasn’t quite gotten the right group of strikers together yet. Other candidates in England could include Arsenal and Tottenham, though we think that a transfer to one of the middling teams might be more suitable for Torres.

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Chelsea FC vs. Liverpool Premier League Picks, Odds, & Preview 11/20/11

You aren’t going to find two teams that battle it out fiercer than Chelsea FC and Liverpool. The two bitter rivals play in a match that is often referred to as the most intense rivalry in English soccer, and we are set to make our Premier League scores predictions for one of the toughest matches to handicap of the weekend.

As always, when these two teams meet, it is Fernando Torres who is on the biggest display. Torres made a name for himself with Liverpool in its fantastic Champions League run of a few years ago before making the switch to the Blues last January.

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The Blues are fighting hard to keep their position near the top of the Premier League table, though we must admit that chances of catching table toppers, Manchester City are slim to none with the Citizens boasting a nine point edge on fourth place, Chelsea. Instead, the Blues are going to be focused on maintaining their spot in next year’s Champions League, something that isn’t nearly guaranteed with Liverpool just three points behind and Tottenham level on points with a game in hand.

Recent form is an issue for the Blues, though they did win their final game before the European break, a 1-0 win at Goodson Park against Blackburn Rovers. The last Premier League game here at Stamford Bridge came on October 29th, a 5-3 drubbing that Arsenal laid on the hosts.

However, if you’re looking for an eight-goal outburst this time around, don’t be all that sure. There have only been a grand total of nine goals scored in the last eight matches combined when these two teams have played against one another on the Premier League schedule.

Liverpool remains without captain, Steven Gerrard, but the team has been playing relatively well without him. A scoreless draw against Swansea at home on November 5th was a dud, but before that, the team logged two straight wins on the road. In fact, over the course of the last four road games, the Reds have been perfect, going 4-0-0, as opposed to their last three home games, where they are 0-3-0.

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A team that was once known as having a potentially leaky back four, Liverpool hasn’t allowed a strike in 210 minutes of football since Grant Holt equalized for Norwich three Premier League fixtures ago. If the defense can stay in form, it is going to have a real chance of stealing points at Stamford Bridge.

Though we do think that the Blues are going to be getting back in better form in the weeks to come, we don’t think that they are deserving of being odds on favorites. The Reds are +0.5 on the Asian Handicap line, and you can get +110 odds on them at that price. The outright victory would pay +345.

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Champions League Predictions – KRC Genk vs. Chelsea FC Picks 11/1/11

Chelsea Football Club has a chance to lock up its place in the second round of the Champions League if it can take all three points against KRC Genk when the two duke it out at Cristal Arena on Tuesday night.

It has been a frustrating season thus far for Racing Genk. The Belgian representatives from last year are stuck in the middle of their table domestically, as they are in sixth position through a dozen fixtures and look nothing like contenders for European competition once again this year. They are also seven points back of league leaders, Anderlecht, and they are three points back of being in Europa Cup qualifying for next season.

That being said, it has been a very, very frustrating European campaign as well. The team just barely survived getting into this competition against Partizan Belgrade (3-2 on aggregate) and Maccabi Haifa (3-3 on aggregate, winning in penalty kicks). Things started off well with a scoreless draw against Valencia, which had to make hopes high for at least a shot at survival in this tournament.

Unfortunately, then reality set in for the Belgian side, going on the road and getting smashed by both Bayer Leverkusen and Chelsea by the aggregate of 7-0.

Through three matches thus far on the Champions League group stages, only Genk and Dinamo Zagreb have yet to register a goal. That being said, Genk can still drop into the Europa League with a win somewhere along the way, as Valencia in third place in the group, only has two points to show for its work thus far.

And then there’s Chelsea, which really has very little doubt about being a superior side in this group. The Blues are going to cram in this match on Tuesday just three days after getting ripped 5-3 by Arsenal in front of its hometown crowd at Stamford Bridge, a match which surely didn’t sit well with the hosts.

Needless to say, there could be some anger taken out in this game at Cristal Arena. The Blues outshot Genk 27-5 on the day in the team’s first fixture on English soil, and in terms of shots on net, the tally was 12-0. Fernando Torres struck twice, and he was one of the four different goal scorers in the 5-0 romp that, quite frankly, could have been significantly worse.

Chelsea could be resting some regulars, just as it did in that match a few weeks back against Genk. Much maligned John Terry, the team’s captain, could be one of the players that is given the night off before the team’s trip to Ewood Park this weekend to take on Blackburn.

The Blues will eliminate Genk from the Champions League if they can take three points from this match on the road if Bayer Leverkusen knocks off Valencia as well. Anything less still at least leaves Genk mathematically alive, though we know in all practicality, the team is just hoping for a drop into the Europa League. Chelsea gets into the second round with a win parlayed with a Valencia loss mathematically, and effectively gets in with a win parlayed with a Valencia draw.

Regardless of any other results, the Blues know if they can take four points from these last three fixtures, that they will be in the second round of this tournament, a feat that shouldn’t be that hard for a superior team that struck eight goals in its first three matches to snare seven points.

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English Premier League Predictions: Bolton vs. Chelsea Football Club

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Jack is back with another great game on the English Premier League schedule. Sunday morning will provide us with another big time duel at Reebok Stadium, and we’re set to make our Bolton Wanderers vs. Chelsea FC picks!

Bolton knows that it has a big time problem in this fixture, going against one of the best teams on the English Premier League table. Stuart Holden is going to be out for the mass majority of the rest of the season with his knee injury, which takes one of the best players on this squad out of the lineup.

This is terrible news for the team that sits at the bottom of the table and legitimately faces the prospect of relegation. Bolton only has a 1-0-5 record this year and has played some absolutely pitiful defense on the campaign. The Wanderers have allowed 16 goals, easily the most in the league, and that’s saying something considering the fact that Arsenal allowed eight goals against Manchester United.

What’s rough is how well this season truly started. Bolton dropped the new boys in the EPL, Queens Park Rangers 4-0 at Loftus Road. After that though, it was all downhill from there. The brutal loss came against those pesky Red Devils at Reebok Stadium with a 5-0 loss.

What we do have to remember is that this schedule has been intense to say the least. Bolton has lost to Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, and Arsenal. Of course, we aren’t so sure about that 2-1 home loss against Norwich City… but that’s a different story…

And then there are the Blues, who are truthfully probably a tad disappointed with just four wins in six matches this year. However, what we have to remember is that this team is head and shoulders above the mass majority of the rest of the EPL. Scoring 12 goals in six fixtures is outstanding.

The problems that Chelsea have right now though, are plentiful. We’ll start with the problems on the road. One of those road fixtures came during the middle of the week against Valencia in the Champions League. Now, the Blues have to come back from Spain and hit the road once again to Reebok Stadium in just a span of a few short days.

To make matters worse, the only road win came at Sunderland, and aside from that, there are bad results at Old Trafford against Manchester United and against Stoke City. The team only has three goals in its three road fixtures on the campaign.

And then of course, there is the Frank Lampard saga. There’s still a huge question as to whether Lampard truly stormed off of the bench or not on Manager Andre Villas-Boas. That being said, this is still a solid side with or without Lampard, and it is certainly the superior side in this match.

However, we’re really not all that sure that Chelsea is that much better than the Wanderers are, especially with this match being at Reebok Stadium. Bolton is at full goal underdog, and potentially a goal and a quarter underdog depending on the sportsbook. Don’t be surprised if the Blues end up conceding yet another two points on the road.

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Live Manchester United vs. Chelsea – Man U vs. Chelsea Football Club

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Two of the storied sides in the EPL are going to be squaring off on Sunday in the biggest game on the Premier League schedule this week, as Manchester United faces the Chelsea Football Club!

Right now, it doesn’t look like there is anything out there that can stop any of the Manchester sides. Both Manchester United and Manchester City ended up drawing 1-1 in their first Champions League matches on Wednesday, so perhaps both are there for the taking, but you know that Manager Sir Alex Fergusson was more concerned about this week’s match against the Blues.

The Red Devils are 4-0-0 on the campaign and are a whopping +15 already in goal differential. Rio Ferdinand should be back in the fold this week after missing the UCL affair with Benfica on Wednesday, and he should help out a defense which has been fantastic. The only questionable part of this unit is the play of keeper David De Gea. De Gea was replaced for the first round Champions League duel by Anders Lindegaard, but he will be back in the saddle for this one.

Wayne Rooney already has eight goals scored this year, and he has been so good that his skipper has compared him to the legendary Pele. To put all of that in comparison, Chelsea has seven goals in total in the same four games.

It’s not like the Blues have been slacking, though. They are 3-1-1, and their one draw came at a game Stoke City side trying to prove that it truly belongs in the EPL on the opening day of the season. Since that point, Chelsea FC has won four straight fixtures, including a Champions League tie with Bayer Leverkusen at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

On this fantastic run of four matches, the Blues have scored nine goals by nine different players. Names like John Terry, Frank Lampard, and Nicolas Anelka have had their share of duels here at Old Trafford, and the hope is that experience against the Red Devils will pay dividends this weekend.

Petr Cech spent two weeks out of action with a knee injury, but he came back last week. Though he couldn’t keep a clean sheet in a 2-1 win against Sunderland, he did leave the donut on the board against Bayer on Tuesday. This is a challenge like he hasn’t seen this season though, and this could be incredibly difficult to keep United off of the scoreboard.

Last year, there were five meetings between these two teams. Man U took down the Community Shield at the outset of the season, and then won three of the four clashes during the season, including both in the Champions League quarterfinals. Chelsea’s lone win was at Stamford Bridge in March, a 2-1 decision. The Blues did beat United in all three 2009 meetings.

Don’t be shocked if this is a close run tie for the entire way. The Red Devils are slender -120 favorites on the three-way soccer lines at Bet365. The ‘total’ has been set at 2.5, over -105.

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