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Stoke City v Chelsea Preview, Prediction & Betting Tips

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Suddenly, after a frustrating stalemate at Sunderland and an unexpected loss to Newcastle, the runaway Premier League leaders don't look so runaway after all! Just three points ahead of last season's winners Manchester City, the Blues' ‘invincible' status has been shattered, with a chaotic festive period to truly test their mettle and staying power.

Chelsea 2-0 Hull: An important three points despite not being at our best.

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We woke up to plenty of headlines yesterday about Gary Cahill and Chelsea players going to ground rather than another important three points for Chelsea. Chelsea beat Hull 2-0 with goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa to maintain our three point lead in the Premier League.

It wasn't the best performance of the season but we ground out the result against a plucky Hull side at the weekend.

Gary Cahill: Euro Rivals Wary of Chelsea

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Gary Cahill believes Europe's top clubs will be wary of drawing Chelsea in the Champions League's last 16.

The England defender was hurt by Chelsea's semi-final elimination last season and says Jose Mourinho's men are "dangerous" and more experienced this term.

Cahill also thinks the Blues, who face Hull in their first Barclays Premier League contest since their 23-match unbeaten streak came to an end, can build momentum after responding from the loss at Newcastle by beating Sporting Lisbon 3-1 on Wednesday night.

Gary Cahill: Euro Rivals Wary of Chelsea

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Gary Cahill believes Europe's top clubs will be wary of drawing Chelsea in the Champions League's last 16.

The England defender was hurt by Chelsea's semi-final elimination last season and says Jose Mourinho's men are "dangerous" and more experienced this term.

Cahill also thinks the Blues, who face Hull in their first Barclays Premier League contest since their 23-match unbeaten streak came to an end, can build momentum after responding from the loss at Newcastle by beating Sporting Lisbon 3-1 on Wednesday night.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek Enjoys Surreal Chelsea Debut

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek says making his senior Chelsea debut has given him a thirst for more first-team playing time.

The 18-year-old midfielder, who has been with the Blues since the age of eight, made his first appearance in Wednesday night's Champions League Group G defeat of Sporting Lisbon.

Chelsea 3-1 Sporting Lisbon: A walk in the park with some pleasing performances.

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Chelsea beat Sporting Lisbon 3-1 last night with goals from Cesc Fabregas, Andre Schurrle and Mikel to progress to the next round as group winners. Despite making six changes, it was all too easy for Jose Mourinho's men.

Despite the speculation that youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek would start the game, the boss decided to stick with the first team squad and brought in the likes of Petr Cech, Filipe Luis, Kurt Zouma, Nemanja Matic, Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah for a start.

Watch Chelsea 3-1 Sporting Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Serious Champions League business begins for Chelsea in February after Jose Mourinho's men completed their unbeaten Group G campaign with a 3-1 win over Sporting Lisbon.

The Blues had already qualified for the last 16 as group winners, with Sporting hoping to join them ahead of Schalke, managed by Chelsea's European Cup-winning manager Roberto di Matteo.

Watch Chelsea 3-1 Sporting Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Serious Champions League business begins for Chelsea in February after Jose Mourinho's men completed their unbeaten Group G campaign with a 3-1 win over Sporting Lisbon.

The Blues had already qualified for the last 16 as group winners, with Sporting hoping to join them ahead of Schalke, managed by Chelsea's European Cup-winning manager Roberto di Matteo.

Chelsea going all out for Sporting win, says Filipe Luis

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Chelsea v Sporting Lisbon: Team and Score Predictions ahead of tonight!

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Jose Mourinho has caused quite a stir ahead of kick off tonight by stating that Ruben Loftus-Cheek would be involved in some capacity. Although many predict he will start, I am not so sure!

This is a game the boss wants to win and he will ensure he sets his team up to do so. We are aware the Eden Hazard, John Terry and Willian have all been rested, so I expect Andre Schurrle, Kurt Zouma and Mohamed Salah to replace them.

John Terry, Willian and Eden Hazard won’t play for Chelsea vs Sporting Lisbon

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Chelsea v Sporting Lisbon: Just how much should Jose rotate?

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Chelsea take on Sporting Lisbon in our final Champions League group game having already won the group and qualified for the next round. I am asking you just how much YOU believe we should rotate the players for this one?

Without doubt, some of our players looked tired against Newcastle at the weekend and were nowhere near their best.

Possible Chelsea starting line-up vs Sporting Lisbon

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Chelsea have already won Group G and go into Matchday 6 having the luxury of resting some first-team players for a busy month ahead. The visitors to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday are Sporting Lisbon, who are in the race to finish second in the group, along with Schalke.

José Mourinho “We are not in comfortable position”

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Chelsea managed to secure all three points on Tuesday night against Sporting Lisbon which puts José Mourinho's team top of Group G. The blues are now set to play back-to back games against Maribor, who are proving to be a difficult opponent by drawing with Schalke and with sporting Lisbon to secure second place in the group.

Nemanja Matic Can Dominate Chelsea’s Midfield for the Next Five Years

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Nemanja Matic is fast becoming one of the important players at Chelsea and it was probably least evident from his goal against Sporting Lisbon. It was only the second goal of the season for the tall defensive midfielder. The goal helped Chelsea get a narrow 1-0 win, although it should have been much more for the chances Jose Mourinho's men created, to secure the first three points of this European campaign.

Sporting Lisbon 0-1 Chelsea: Three points EVENTUALLY!

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A great three points tonight from Chelsea, beating Sporting Lisbon by a goal to nil. If you look at the result on paper, you would feel that it was job done and to a point it was. If you watched the game however, you would know it was a very different story.

Let's be honest, Chelsea could have had this game won at half time but just as with Schalke, time and time again we couldn't kill the game off.

Video Nemanja Matic goal vs Sporting Lisbon Matic header v Sporting Champions League

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Video Nemanja Matic goal vs Sporting Lisbon Matic header v Sporting Champions League is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter This Nemanja Matic goal vs Sporting (VIDEO BELOW) was a cracking header from the former Benfica star that gave Chelsea three vital away points in their Champions League clash on 30th [.

Sporting Lisbon 0-1 Chelsea: Missed chances, nervous moments but three points.

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A great three points tonight from Chelsea, beating Sporting Lisbon by a goal to nil. If you look at the result on paper, you would feel that it was job done and to a point it was. If you watched the game however, you would know it was a very different story.

Let's be honest, Chelsea could have had this game won at half time but just as with Schalke, time and time again we couldn't kill the game off.

Breaking News - Sporting Lisbon v Chelsea: Filipe Luis & Andre Schurrle start!

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Jose Mourinho has named his starting eleven to take on Sporting Lisbon in Match day two of the Champions League. Diego Costa starts as Jose Mourinho names two changes to the side that faced Aston Villa on Saturday.

This is a must win game and we really need three points to take control of the group as we expect Schalke to win at home against Maribor.

Why Chelsea’s Game Against Sporting Lisbon Is More Important Than You Think

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Why Chelsea's Game Against Sporting Lisbon Is More Important Than You Think - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea travel to the Portuguese capital to take on Sporting Lisbon in their second Champions League game of the season. Even though the match looks and seems relatively straightforward, it is not.

DIEGO COSTA STARTS TONIGHT - IS IT WORTH THE RISK?

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Jose Mourinho surprised us all last night by stating that Diego Costa WILL start for Chelsea against Sporting Lisbon tonight but admitted that it is a risk by doing so. I want to know if you believe it's worth the risk?

Being honest, I am somewhat surprised that he is starting. I could understand with Didier Drogba being injured and missing out, if Costa was named on the bench and Loic Remy started.

Chelsea With Striker Problems Ahead Of Sporting Clash

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Jose Mourinho has some injuries concerns ahead of a big week for his Chelsea squad. The Premier League leaders head to Portugal on Tuesday for a Champions League Group G clash with Sporting Lisbon before playing London rivals Arsenal next weekend.

The concern for Mourinho is who will play up front as Didier Drogba did not travel with the team to Portugal.

Arsenal

Arsenal Target William Carvalho May Leave Sporting Lisbon in January

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Fresh off of a 4-1 drumming of Galatasaray in Tuesday's final Champions League group stage match, Arsenal received more positive news as it was revealed that one of their long-time transfer targets could be sold in January. Sporting Lisbon manager Marco Silva spoke to reporters ahead of their own Champions League clash with Chelsea on the future of one of his star players, and Arsenal target, William Carvalho.

Arsenal Target William Carvalho May Leave Sporting Lisbon in January

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Fresh off of a 4-1 drumming of Galatasaray in Tuesday's final Champions League group stage match, Arsenal received more positive news as it was revealed that one of their long-time transfer targets could be sold in January. Sporting Lisbon manager Marco Silva spoke to reporters ahead of their own Champions League clash with Chelsea on the future of one of his star players, and Arsenal target, William Carvalho.

Arsenal aim to lure Portuguese hot shot in January

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The abundance of young talent in Portugal in the past few years has led to many European clubs to pursue their interest in the country. According to reports from Spanish Media outlet Fichajes, Arsenal have their eyes set on Portuguese defender Cedric Soares.

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek to be involved tomorrow night - HERE'S WHY!

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Jose Mourinho has revealed that Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be involved in tomorrow nights Champions League tie against Sporting Lisbon. Here is just one reason as to why he has impressed the manager this season!

Number One Reason Why Nani Will Never be World Class

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Manchester United loanee Nani shows why he'll never be classed as World Class with this ridiculous back-heel with two players in position to let fly? If only he rolled the ball forward instead of trying to look good with a back-heel which only happened to be the referee.

Regardless of the mistaken identity it was still the wrong option as Sporting Lisbon fell to a 1-0 home defeat to Chelsea tonight!

Manchester United

Should Manchester United bring back the ‘Footballer of the Year’?

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Manchester United winger Nani has been nominated for Sporting Lisbon's Footballer of the Year award, after only playing 15 matches since returning back to his old club on a season long loan.

Nani not keen on United return

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Nani has admitted he might not return to Manchester United once his loan spell at Sporting Lisbon ends, as he feels his first team opportunities would be limited at Old Trafford under Louis Van Gaal.

The Portuguese left United in the summer to return to his former club on a season-long loan and his performances for Sporting led to speculations that he might be recalled to Old Trafford as early as in January.

Nani: Good to be back with United fans

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Last night, Nani returned to Old Trafford for the first time since leaving Manchester United for his loan spell at Sporting Lisbon. He played in Portugal's 1-0 win over Argentina.

There had been rumours that after good form in Portugal that he would be returning to Manchester in January, but the winger doesn't think that will be the case.

LVG’s snub was “a mistake”

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Louis Van Gaal made a mistake by allowing Nani to return to Sporting Lisbon on loan, according to a former director of the Portuguese club.

Paulo De Alvandro, a former director of the Lisbon club, has claimed that Nani is one of the best players to have arrived at Sporting over the last couple of years and that United made a mistake by allowing him to leave Old Trafford in the summer, particularly as thePortuguese international had appeared regularly throughout pre-season.

Rojo: I was living the dream when I heard United wanted me

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Marcos Rojo has reflected back to when he first heard Manchester United wanted to buy him last summer. When Sporting Lisbon seemed unprepared to negotiate with United, the defender refused to play, until Juan Sebastian Veron told him to go back to training and wait for the deal to go through.

It was a huge surprise when I was told United wanted to buy me.

Nani and Vidic set for United return

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Nemanja Vidic and Nani could be on line for a shock return to Manchester United. Vidic moved to Inter at the end of last season after eight-and-a-half years at Old Trafford, while Nani joined Sporting Lisbon on loan as part of the deal which saw Marcos Rojo move to the Theatre of Dreams. With several injuries and a weak defense, Louis van Gaal is planning to recall two former teammates

Defender reveals Manchester United made contact to sign him

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Sporting LisbondefenderMauricio says Manchester United had contacted with his agentCarlos Gonçalves in the summer, but insists he is happy at Sporting and not looking for moving elsewhere at the moment.

Sporting Lisbon ‘pressured’ into selling Marcos Rojo to Man Utd

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Blow for Arsenal & Manchester United, €45m target set to sign new contract

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For Sporting Lisbon, holding on to William Carvalho in the summer after losing Marcos Rojo to Manchester United would come as a victory. However, the Portuguese club don't seem to rest on their laurels as reports from media outlet A Bola have run a story this morning that the club now wants the 21 year old to sign a long term contract.

Blow for Arsenal & Manchester United, €45m target set to sign new contract

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For Sporting Lisbon, holding on to William Carvalho in the summer after losing Marcos Rojo to Manchester United would come as a victory. However, the Portuguese club don't seem to rest on their laurels as reports from media outlet A Bola have run a story this morning that the club now wants the 21 year old to sign a long term contract.

Portuguese Football

Generation Next: Ryan Gauld – Scotland’s brightest young star

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Name: Ryan Gauld

Date of Birth: 16th December 1995

Age: 18
Position: Midfielder
Club: Sporting Lisbon

Nationality: Scottish

There are few Scottish 18-year-olds that have had the kind of success that Ryan Gauld has had so far, but then Gauld isn't like most other home-grown Scottish talents.

3 to See: Derbies in Argentina, Portugal and the start of Serie A

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The last of Europe's major five leagues gets underway this weekend and we're tipping title-chasing Roma's clash with Fiorentina as the pick of the Serie A fixture list.

The Rest

SCHURRLE: Inconsistent for the most part. He must take his chance tonight!

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Andre Schurrle finds himself out of the side and not in favour for a regular first team start at the moment. Tonight against Sporting Lisbon he is set to be handed another chance and MUST take it with both hands!

Having scored Chelsea's first goal of the season, latching on the arguably the pass of the season from Cesc Fabregas at Burnley, life seemed to be pretty good for Schurrle having just previously returned from playing a pivotal role in winning the World Cup Final for Germany.