Blue Mondays: A Busy Festive Period

Updated: Dec 29, 2021

The games are coming thick and fast for a depleted Chelsea squad, which has been hit hard by the ongoing COVID-19 surge in the world of sports.

Written by @ArmadilloBlue1.

Edited by Ryan Bellenie @BellenieSport.

Held by Sticky Toffees:

A COVID ravaged Chelsea took on an experimental Everton side at Stamford Bridge in last Thursday’s game.

As the virus again sweeps through the country, the majority of top-flight games continue to be postponed, with clubs hit hard by the latest Omicron variant.

It was a tough watch on Thursday evening as Chelsea created chance after chance but had to wait until the 70th minute before Mason Mount gave the Blues the lead.

However, as in previous games the lead could not be held onto as four minutes later Everton stunned The Bridge with an equaliser. More huffing and puffing followed but to no avail, as Chelsea lost further ground on the high-flying top two.

(credit | Sky Sports Football).

Wolves Away:

Just over 3000 Chelsea fans made the trip to a cold, foggy Wolverhampton on Sunday – not knowing whether the game would even go ahead.

With positive COVID tests increasing by the day, it is revealed that Chelsea went to the Premier League to request for the game to be cancelled. The request was denied, meaning a makeshift Chelsea took the field and with two goalkeepers and not enough outfield players on the bench.

Once again, the Blues failed to beat a determined mid-table side, who shut Tuchel’s side out through their stubborn backline.

It was Chelsea’s first clean sheet in seven games but they were also scoreless as the game fizzled out into a disappointing 0-0 draw.

(credit | Sky Sports Football).

Despite the ongoing drama, the Premier League has today revealed that they continue to play the next fortnight of games as scheduled.

A Quarter-Finals Awaits:

It’s an away draw for Chelsea in the next round of the League Cup.

This will be the second visit to Brentford’s new Community Stadium after the hard fought 1-0 win in October earlier the season.

This will be just the 16th competitive game against Brentford and while the home record is good, Chelsea’s away form isn’t great with just three wins and eight goals scored in the previous eight games.

Both sides will be gunning for a place in the Semi-Finals, which should make a good watch in yet another London derby.

Boxing Day Clash:

The Boxing Day game sees Chelsea make the trip to Villa Park to play Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa.

Chelsea don’t have the greatest of records at Villa Park, where they most recently lost in the final game of last season.

In the 71 league games played between the two sides at Villa Park, the Blues have been beaten on 33 occasions. Tuchel’s side will be hoping for some festive cheer from Villa this time around.


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