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Thread: Chelsea vs Birmingham City 18/02/2012 12:30 GMT

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    Chelsea vs Birmingham City 18/02/2012 12:30 GMT

    Chelsea vs Birmingham City


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    Stadium: Stamford Bridge
    Saturday 18th February 2012
    12:30 GMT





    We now play a team in a lower league and it won't be an easy task to win, due to our recent bad performances. The best thing is that we play at home, so this is an advantage for us.

    I expect better performance than the Everton game. To be fair in the EPL, our realistic chances are 3rd or 4th place this season but for the F.A Cup and the UCL you never know what could happend. Maybe we will end up getting silverware this season with AVB.

    We could possibly see the same line-up against Everton.


    My Match Predictions: 2-0 Chelsea
    Torres 1, Sturridge 1



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    Prediction: 3-1
    Possible goalscorers: Mata, Sturridge, Lampard

    People might think it is easy to play against Birmingham, but not for us I guess. Our recent performances shows that we play some classy football when we play against top clubs(United, City). On the other hand when it comes to these sort of clubs(QPR, Everton and who knows, maybe Birmingham) we end up giving the most horrible performance!
    I honestly wouldn't mind if it is the same line-up again. The only thing that matters now is the players. It'll be really awful if the players end up giving those weak performances again.

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    Prediction: 3-0
    Possible goalscorers: Lampard, Sturridge x2

    Im sure the blues will bounce back from the loss against Everton. I can see us getting 3 goals for this.
    I will have to go for Sturridge as a possible goal scorer, because he has been good at the start of the season and if he performs well, he should score a few goals.
    Good luck Chelsea!

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    We will run past them like an elephant stampeede.

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    Hope so.
    If we can't even get a win out of this game, I don't see how we can win anything this season.

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    From the official Chelsea site:

    VILLAS-BOAS SET TO WELCOME BACK RAMIRES

    Posted on: Thu 16 Feb 2012

    Andre Villas-Boas should have Ramires back for Saturday's visit of Birmingham City in the FA Cup, while a decision is yet to be made on the fitness of John Terry.
    Salomon Kalou and Didier Drogba will miss the match but both players will be in contention for our visit to Napoli in the Champions League next Tuesday.
    TEAM NEWS
    Having seen us fail to win a match in his absence, the manager will be delighted to welcome back the Brazilian midfielder, and though Saturday's game may come slightly too early for others, we should be back to full strength sooner rather than later.
    'John Terry completed his first full training session today for a week,' he said. 'But with such a short distance between the two games we must be careful.'If he plays against Birmingham then he may not be able to make the Napoli game so we haven't made a decision yet.'
    'Kalou will be back in training tomorrow, Drogba the following day, but on Saturday I will need to decide between Torres and Lukaku.
    'Ashley Cole's injury is coming along and he has a chance of making the Napoli game, probably a 50/50 chance, but Ramires is back and ready to play.'
    ON CURRENT FORM
    A poor run of results of late has seen us pick up only three points from a possible 12 in the league, dropping down to fifth in the process, and while the manager is well aware of the need to improve, focusing on two cup competitions may prove a welcome distraction.
    'We are trying hard, but the fans deserve a reaction, when you have negative moments you expect a reaction,' said Villas-Boas.
    'We had it in three games in December, when we beat Newcastle, Valencia and Manchester City, we are not happy with current results, and we need to give fans something to cheer about, it just hasn't been happening for us.'
    The manager also moved to dispel widespread media speculation of a dramatic showdown between himself and a number of senior players following last weekend's defeat against Everton at Goodison Park.
    'There were not strong words, basically there was a meeting, but it was nothing dramatic,' he said. 'We all understand we need to do more, our run of results hasn't been impressive but the responsibility is shared. If you're able to gain strength you can go on a good run but we need actions more than anything.
    'I think in the end, there are always positives to take out from meetings, everybody wants to be involved, you have to go face-to-face, but as tight as things are in the table from 4th to 7th, it will change from now until the end of the season on a weekly basis.
    ON DROGBA'S RETURN
    Having been away on African Cup of Nations duty for over a month, Didier Drogba is set to make his return next week, and Villas-Boas is only too aware of the impact the Ivorian can have on the players around him.
    'Drogba gives us another solution up front, we've used Torres in all the games since he went away. For the Birmingham game it will be between Torres and Lukaku and then from then on with Drogba as well, for the type of player he is, he's as strong as anybody,' said Villas-Boas.
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    Its good that Ramires could play, we need him.

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    From the official Chelsea website:

    TEAM NEWS: CHELSEA V BIRMINGHAM CITY

    Posted on: Sat 18 Feb 2012
    Ramires and John Mikel Obi return to the midfield with Michael Essien and Frank Lampard making way.
    Gary Cahill will play his second game with Branislav Ivanovic back at right-back. Ryan Bertrand is left-back.
    The front three are unchanged for a sixth game running while back from Africa, Salomon Kalou and Didier Drogba are back on the bench.
    Chelsea will line-up in the following 4-3-3 formation:
    1 Petr Cech (c)
    2 Branislav Ivanovic
    24 Gary Cahill
    4 David Luiz
    34 Ryan Bertrand
    7 Ramires
    12 John Mikel Obi
    16 Raul Meireles
    23 Daniel Sturridge
    9 Fernando Torres
    10 Juan Mata
    Subs: 40 Hilario, 17 Jose Bosingwa, 5 Michael Essien, 8 Frank Lampard, 15 Florent Malouda, 21 Salomon Kalou, 11 Didier Drogba.
    Birmingham: Doyle; Carr (c), Davies, Ibanez, Murphy; Gomis, Fahey, Rooney, Mutch; Elliott; Redmond.
    Subs: Butland, Burke, Caldwell, Asante, Reilly, Jervis, Spector.
    The referee is Martin Atkinson.
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    Good thing, Bosingwa isn't starting.
    Bertrand and Cahill starting! Its good that AVB is giving Bertrand a start, so he gets more playing time.

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    Half Time:
    Chelsea 0 : 1 Birmingham


    Disappointing result so far.

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    Full time: 1-1
    Disappointing result, could have played better. We had loads of chances but none of them payed off. Mata's penalty miss could have helped us but the keeper saved it.

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    Very bad result, we were 1 goal down early at the start again, was this due to bad defending?
    Sturridge saved the day, by scoring a goal crossed by Ivanovic, which gives us a replay of the game.
    Villas Boa's will have more pressure on him and if we are struggling to beat a team like Birmingham, don't expect us to get a good result against Napoli this Tuesday.

    Ron Gourlay was in the stands shaking his head, could this mean the end of AVB soon?

    Our performances was better than the one against Everton, we just couldn't find the spaces.
    I think the line-up was quite good, but Torres coming off for Drogba might not be the best sub. It would be good to see Torres and Drogba playing together, so if Torres can't score im sure he will make an assist.

    I feel Mata was very unlucky. The keeper just knew where he was going to put it. If Lampard was starting instead of Meireles, he could well have taken the Penalty.

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    Match report from the official Chelsea site:

    MATCH REPORT: CHELSEA 1 BIRMINGHAM CITY 1

    Posted on: Sat 18 Feb 2012
    Summary
    It needed a second-half Daniel Sturridge goal to keep Chelsea in the FA Cup after a set-piece put Birmingham in the lead.
    The Championship side went ahead midway through a first-half in which the home team did not impress. Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou returned to club action during the match but it was Sturridge's 11th goal of the season that squared the score, a header after a well-worked move.
    Chelsea were dominant by then and continued to be for the rest of the game although chances to win the match were limited and there was a late scare as the visitors wasted a chance to inflict a giantkilling.

    Team news
    Ramires returned from the injury sustained in the previous round at QPR and with John Mikel Obi also back in the starting line-up, Frank Lampard and Michael Essien were dropped to the bench.
    Gary Cahill made his second start with Branislav Ivanovic returning to right-back in place of Jose Bosingwa who was also dropped. Ryan Bertand replaced injured Ashley Cole at left-back.
    The front three were unchanged for the sixth game running but Salomon Kalou and Didier Drogba were back among the subs having returned from the Africa Cup of Nations.
    First half
    in what was to prove to be an opening period to forget for Chelsea, very little happened in the opening 10 minutes apart from a determined run into the Birmingham area by Daniel Sturridge, but forced wide he eventually knocked the ball out for a goal-kick.

    On 12 minutes Birmingham were forced into a change, losing their veteran captain Stephen Carr to injury.
    Three minutes later, Mata, in the part of the pitch partly policed by Carr's replacement Jonathan Spector, almost plucked a Sturridge cross out of the air with his back to goal but as he turned, it ran out of play.
    Then, on 19 minutes, a previously drab encounter exploded into life but not in a manner Chelsea fans were wishing.
    First the visitors took the lead. Having won a corner, it was played into the near-post area where Cahill couldn't clear it. Ivanovic also missed the chance to make contact which left David Murphy in space to drill the ball home from close range. That was the first shot of the game from either side and it had inflicted a blow to Chelsea confidence.
    The chance to slap the Championship side back down came just two minutes later when an unnecessary and clumsy challenge by Wade Elliott tripped Ramires in a crowded penalty area.
    Mata, who scored with his previous Chelsea penalty, was the obvious choice to take it with Lampard and Drogba on the bench but his low shot was tipped onto the post and was then cleared. It was a good save by Colin Doyle and did nothing for Chelsea belief.
    On 25 minutes Sturridge was not far away from finding Torres with a centre but Curtis Davies made it his. Chelsea remained on top for the rest of half but without creating enough chances.
    David Luiz showed much needed enterprise in carrying the ball from halfway towards the Birmingham goal until David Mutch brought him down at the expense of a yellow card. The Brazilian took the free-kick himself and bent the ball up and down sharply over the wall but Doyle was able to push it over the bar.
    Sturridge, from the left this time, put a little too much pace on a curling cross for Ivanovic, who had evaded the offside flag. Chelsea by now had switched to 4-2-3-1 with Mata now central and Ramires on the right. Sturridge now decided to shoot at every opportunity and his best effort was a dipping shot that didn't clear the bar by much.
    Birmingham's only effort of the half since their goal saw Cech save comfortably from Redmond.
    Second half
    Drogba replaced Torres for the restart. The shape remained 4-2-3-1 but now with Sturridge the more central player behind Drogba and Mata back out on the left. We continued to dominate possession but a good link between our midfield and attacking play was not there, although one Mikel long pass almost picked out a well-placed Drogba.
    On 54 minutes, Cahill was wrongly booked for what was nothing more than good strong defending on Birmingham's lone striker Adam Rooney and two minutes later, Andre Villas-Boas made a second change, bringing on Kalou for Mikel. Kalou now played on the left, Mata back in the middle with Sturridge on the right of the three behind Drogba.
    The previously subdued Mata did well to get a shot away when closely marked but was a yard or two off target before he did make a telling contribution.
    There were 61 minutes played when the Spaniard spotted Ivanovic in space down the right and found him with the necessary pass. The cross from the Serbian was delivered with pace and accuracy and it was given the finishing touch it deserved, Sturridge guiding a header inside the far post to put his side back level.
    The quest was on for a winner. Kalou headed over from a Drogba cross and Ivanovic got the ball tangled among his feet after Mata had volleyed a cross with the power of a shot. Meireles then a shot from the edge of the area deflected up and just over the bar.
    There was a rare shot from Birmingham on 76 minutes after Ramires had conceded a free-kick, but Cech gathered it low down. The Chelsea defence, and Cahill in particular, were proving solid.
    With 12 minutes left on the clock, Lampard replaced Mata. Drogba hadn't been involved much but he won a corner soon after that latest switch. Meireles's delivery though cleared the jumping blue shirts.
    Drogba then back-heeled into the path of Ivanovic who tumbled after a defender fell on his legs. Our right-back wanted a penalty but it was an optimistic appeal.
    With 86 minutes Birmingham did have their chance to win it after the Chelsea defence was caught square as Jervis knocked the ball forward but Redmond fluffed his big moment and the save was easy for Cech.
    Wth 89 minutes gone and the rain now falling, Chelsea's chance came when Ivanovic was fouled 20 yards out and in a central position. Lampard however hit the free-kick into the wall.
    It had been an improved second-half display but despite substitutions, the cutting edge was not sharp enough.
    The replay will be Tuesday 6 March. kick-off 7.45pm.
    Chelsea (4-3-3): Cech (c); Ivanovic, Cahill, D Luiz, Bertrand; Ramires, Mikel (Kalou 56), Meireles; Sturridge, Torres (Drogba h-t), Mata (Lampard 822).
    Unused subs Hilario, Bosingwa, Essien, , Malouda.
    Scorer Sturridge 61.
    Booked Cahill 54, David Luiz 90+1.
    Birmingham (4-2-3-1): Doyle; Carr (c) (Spector 12), Davies, Ibanez, Murphy; Fahey, Gomis; Elliott (Burke 82), Mutch Redmond; Rooney (Jervis 70).
    Unused subs Butland, Caldwell, Asante, Reilly.
    Scorer Murphy 19.
    Booked Mutch 33.
    Referee Martin Atkinson.
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    Tuesday 6 March. kick-off 7.45pm. Replay. Lets hope we can put it right by then, whoever the manager may be.

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    Didn't watch the match but i know that wasn't best of performances.

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    That early goal ruined it all. If only Mata could have scored the penalty, the we could have won the game. Lamps should have played in this game, then we wouldnt have missed the penalty. Mata was a little unlucky though =/

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    I dont know why mata now takes our spot kick whiles we have a striker desperate for goals,these spot kicks will atleast boost his confidence.All my assumption were false about the scoreline.

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    I guess cause he is the most potential striker in the team at the moment.

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    So you think Torres should have took the spot kick?

    Mata should be 2nd choice and Lampard being first.
    He missed a penalty, but at least it was on target. I think Mata should be the main spot kick taker in the future, because I don't think there is any other better penalty takers other than Lampard and Mata. Even Drogba takes them sometimes.

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    Potential penalty takers,torres,raul merieles and ramires,lamp 1st drogba 2nd,toress and the rest,i dont have any problem with mata taking the penalty but mind you there is a striker hungry for goals.

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    I don't mind Drogba taking the spot kicks. Yes of course the choices should be Lampard and Mata.

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    Torres should really take them, he use to take them for A Madrid

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