Chelsea Team News vs Watford: Tuchel, Kante, Pulisic

Coming off the score draw with Leicester City today Chelsea FC have no new injury concerns. The team fitness situation remains unchanged from prior to the 1-1 result with Leicester. However, there were still plenty of team news items emanating from this match, starting with what manager Thomas Tuchel had to say about N’Golo Kante:

“I think he is our key, key, key player but key, key, key players need to be on the pitch and if he plays only 40% of the games, it is maybe a miracle that we arrive in third place.”

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Manchester United Starting XI Prediction at Crystal Palace

Now we get to finally put this Manchester United season out of its misery, and that can’t come soon enough. Championship Sunday sees United travel to Crystal Palace, and there is actually something on the line here- sort of. Yes, a West Ham win and a United tie or loss would see the Hammers supplant the Red Devils for the final UEFA Europa League slot.

And while being relegated to UEL football is bad enough, it could still get worse for United, as Europa Conference League is still considered laughable by many. In order to avoid that fate, we’re thinking Rangnick goes with a strong team here.

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United Team News at Crystal Palace: Sancho, Shaw, Rashford, Ten Hag

Newly appointed manager Erik Ten Hag will be in attendance when Manchester United travel to Crystal Palace on Championship Sunday. He’ll be hands off though, and let Ralf Rangnick finish out his disastrous tenure. It’s time to finally put this horror show of a season to bed, and with that in mind, who knows what kind of effort we’re going to get from United here.

Under Rangnick, they often looked like a team with “senioritis,” the condition one has when they’re about to graduate high school, are already accepted into their desired college, and know their grades don’t mean anything anymore. Yes, it’s a very long way of saying someone is extremely disinterested.

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Bayern Munich Keen on Sadio Mane as Liverpool Contract Winds Down

As the Premier League season winds down, the transfer rumor mill has heated right up. With Championship Sunday less than a week away now, it’s time to cast an eye at the player movement market. 

There is no shortage of rumors when it comes to the transfer market. Follow this series throughout the summer as I look at the likelihood of some of the transfer rumors doing the rounds and whether I think they will work out.

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Man City Keen to Splash the Cash on England Star Kalvin Phillips

As the Premier League season winds down, the transfer rumor mill has heated right up. With Championship Sunday less than a week away now, it’s time to cast an eye at the player movement market. 

There is no shortage of rumors when it comes to the transfer market. Follow this series throughout the summer as I look at the likelihood of some of the transfer rumors doing the rounds and whether I think they will work out.

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A Declan Rice Return to Chelsea Could Break the Transfer Fee Record

As the Premier League season winds down, the transfer rumor mill has heated right up. With Championship Sunday less than a week away now, it’s time to cast an eye at the player movement market. 

There is no shortage of rumors when it comes to the transfer market. Follow this series throughout the summer as I look at the likelihood of some of the transfer rumors doing the rounds and whether I think they will work out.

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Chelsea FC Sale to L.A. Dodgers Owner Todd Boehly Still Faces Hurdles

The Chelsea FC sale to the consortium led by Los Angeles Dodgers Owner Todd Boehly still faces some obstacles, but at least other hurdles are now being cleared. According to ESPN’s sources, the bid led by Boehly “is expected to pass the league’s Owners and Directors’ Test (OADT) in the coming days.” The talks are ongoing, so it’s not totally green-lighted by the league yet, but it’s getting there.

The ESPN report also goes on to say that “a key stumbling block remains as talks between Roman Abramovich and the U.K. government continue.” The issue remains over that massive 1.5M (also reported to be 1.4 million or 1.6 million, depending on the outlet) GBP debt, but other news outlets claim some progress on this front.

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Thomas Tuchel Explains Andreas Christensen Absence in FA Cup Final

Andreas Christensen, who joined Chelsea from Brondby at age 15 in 2012, is on his way out this summer and headed to FC Barcelona on a free transfer. Christensen pulled out of the FA Cup final, just before kickoff, for reasons unexplained. He has started just one of the club’s previous six, the win at Leeds on May 11, and we still don’t why he the Danish defender is missing so many matches.

There have been numerous reports that he just doesn’t want to play right now, but Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has disputed those claims. Ahead of tomorrow’s match at Leicester City, Tuchel opened up more on the situation.

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United GK Dean Henderson a Top Target of Newcastle

As the Premier League season winds down, the transfer rumor mill has heated right up. With Championship Sunday less than a week away now, it’s time to cast an eye at the player movement market.

There is no shortage of rumors when it comes to the transfer market. Follow this series throughout the summer as I look at the likelihood of some of the transfer rumors doing the rounds and whether I think they will work out.

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Chelsea Team News vs Leicester: Christensen, Havertz, Werner

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With Arsenal’s loss to Newcastle United yesterday, Chelsea FC have now officially qualified for Champions League next season with two games to play in this term. So when they welcome Leicester City into Stamford Bridge on Thursday night, they’ll be playing, mostly, for pride. 

Doesn’t sound like the kind of game that suits Andreas Christensen at all, given the allegations surrounding the Barcelona bound central defender.

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Chelsea FC Starting XI Prediction vs Leicester City

You can expect to see some squad rotation from Blues boss Thomas Tuchel on Thursday night when his Chelsea side take on Leicester City at home. First off, his team is coming off 120+ minutes of action on Saturday, when they lost to Liverpool FC in the FA Cup Final.

Secondly, having clinched Champions League qualification with Arsenal’s surprise loss to Newcastle United yesterday, these final two league fixtures are sort of dead rubber kind of, sort of. Kickoff is 8pm GMT, on Thursday May 19 at the King Power Stadium.

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Youri Tielemans Potentially Swapping Leicester For Arsenal

As the Premier League season winds down, the transfer rumor mill has heated right up. With Championship Sunday less than a week away now, it’s time to cast an eye at the player movement market. 

There is no shortage of rumors when it comes to the transfer market. Follow this series throughout the summer as I look at the likelihood of some of the transfer rumors doing the rounds and whether I think they will work out.

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