Monday 24 April
Newcastle United stumbled over the line and will play in the top flight next term after only one season away. Christian Atsu scored just before the break to restore the Magpies lead over Preston and they ran away with the second period.
It is looking like one from Huddersfield, Reading, Sheffield Wednesday and Fulham for the play-offs although Leeds still have an outside shout.
Tuesday 25 April
Chelsea 4:2 Southampton
A very big night at the Bridge and a win that while never comfortable was no less commanding.
Southampton came with real ambition and levelled Eden Hazard’s fine opener after a corner and thanks to a few deflections and a knee in from old boy Oriol Romeu. It wasn’t the only chance they created.
It looked like an even contest until the stroke of half-time when Gary Cahill forced himself on to the end of a cross and, ignoring Diego Costa’s attempted bicycle-kick, headed home for a 2-1 interval lead.
Costa silenced most of his critics by powering in the two second-half strikes and another old boy, Ryan Bertrand, popped up at the end to spoil our goal difference by heading in for 4-2.
The player looked delighted at the end as the football world had tuned in waiting for a slip and the team seemed aware of that danger. Seven-points the gap at the top and it is over to Crystal Palace tomorrow to see if they can’t beat Tottenham. Will Chelsea win the Premier League? If you want to find out more, why not visit maxfreebets.co.uk? Your one stop resource for all of the best betting offers.
Wednesday 26 April
FA Youth Cup
Final tie – second-leg
Chelsea U18 5:1 Manchester City U18
(Chelsea win 6-2 on aggregate)
It is a little difficult to know where to start – Chelsea broke or matched a host of records tonight by lifting the FA Youth Cup for the fourth year in a row. The sense of déjà vu was heightened by the fact we overcame Manchester City for the third year in a row.
Several Chelsea youngsters took the opportunity to make their mark in this year’s final: Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount and Ike Ugbo are the obvious three but Dujon Sterling, Marc Guehi and Jacob Maddox also really stood out.
City had made noises about being closer than last season only to get thumped more emphatically; we beat them 3-1 last season after a 1-1 at their place.
The goals tonight came from Trevor Chalobah and a magnificent volley from Ugbo in the first-half and Hudson-Odoi, Dujon Sterling and Cole Dasilva with the sickeners for City in the second. They had pulled a goal back and had their tails up looking for a shock but we dispatched them as usual.
The run of four in a row and six of the last seven final wins might start to put pressure on next year’s squad but so far they have all responded magnificently.
One more win equals the record of Manchester United who won the first five cups back in the 1950s.
The only slight downer on the evening came with news that Spurs snatched a late winner against Crystal Palace. Spurs should have been down to ten-men in the first-half but it seems referees are looking to have an impact in the final few weeks of the season.
Earlier in the day, at dawn to be precise, and plod and HMRC broke down the doors at Newcastle United and West ’Am looking for evidence of tax fraud and national insurance dodges. Arrests have been made in Newcastle including managing director Lee Charnley. Plod even popped round to the Bridge for a bit of information. No suggestion that Chelsea have been up to anything just helping the police with their enquiries.
The ever loveably Joey Barton was squealing about the length of his eighteen-month ban from football for betting on the outcome of matches over the last, er, ten years. Joey bleated that he’d only bet on his own team when he had been left out or injured but really Joey doesn’t seem to have understood the instruction that you are forbidden to bet on any football, any meaning all of it worldwide, while you are a player. His defence that he has a gambling addiction didn’t real wash because he could have stuck a few notes on the horses instead.
Saturday 29 April
Liverpool U18 0:1 Chelsea U18
Tariq Uwakwe scored the only goal in a game that pulsed with chances and we showed great maturity to hold on for the win.
There are two more games, against Arsenal and Reading, and wins in each would see us crowned U18 champions.
Meanwhile, Sunderland failed to match Hull’s result this afternoon and become the first team relegated from this season’s Premier League. It has been coming for some time and a board that refuse to spend money can have only one result.
Wigan Athletic slumped into the third division. Reading, Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield and Fulham will play off to see who joins Newcastle and Brighton in the top flight next term. Poor old Leeds United miss out.
Sunday 30 April
Everton 0:3 Chelsea
For all Spurs huffing and puffing up the league behind us this result keeps up four points clear.
Everyone looked at this fixture as a challenge – the last of the high hurdles on the way to the season’s close – it proved anything but.
After a struggle during the first-half when an in form Everton sought to close us down by fouling Eden Hazard, we came alive after the break. Goals from Pedro, Gary Cahill and a clincher from Willian meant an on field party for the relieved players and fans. Pedro’s thunderbolt shot is a late entry for goal of the season.
There are still tough tests to come but it is still all in our hands.
Spurs, for their part, struggled to get past a wretched Arsenal side that showed no fight, guile or even pride. Rarely has a North London derby passed so tamely and even then Spurs had to revert to diving to win a penalty. They might be winning but they are getting away with it more often than not.
Chelsea 6:0 Yeovil Town
While you can only beat what is put in front of you it seems either that Chelsea’s women are a well-oiled machine or Yeovil are hopelessly out of their depth. Ji So Yun whopped in two in the first half, Drew Spence, Erin Cuthbert, Crystal Dunn and Ramona Bachman added the rest. (Is it us or could all of those names have been in Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff?)
Our cousins in the Netherland, Vitesse Arnhem, landed the Dutch Cup with a 2-0 victory over AZ Alkmaar. Lewis Baker, Matt Miazga and Nathan all started and contributed as the game was sealed by two late Ricky van Wolfswinkel goals. Vitesse are not the most glamorous sides and this was their first piece of major silverware.
Elsewhere, Bolton Wanderers clinched the second automatic spot in League One behind Sheffield United. Scunthorpe, Fleetwood, Bradford and Millwall will contest the play off. Not many fans know that every time Scunthorpe get promoted we win the FA Cup. Port Vale, Swindon, Coventry and Chesterfield go down.