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After scrambling a draw against Brentford, in the FA Cup, Chelsea make the short trip down the M4 to take on Reading, in the Premier League, this Wednesday evening. It`s a game we need to win if our hopes of qualifying for the Champions League, next season, are not to be hampered. Reading, having gotten promotion form the Championship last season, have struggled to make an impact but enter this fixture on the back of a good FA Cup win over Sheffield United. Can Chelsea bring the three points back to West London or will it be another fraught evening?

Vital Quotes:

With the squad depleted through injury, suspension and African Cup of Nations duty, Rafa Benitez may be regretting not calling some of our 23 players who are out on loan, or as Rafa put it at his pre-match press conference,

"It is difficult for us because we play a game every three days. I don`t know if we will get anyone in the transfer widow. We`ve had conversations and now it depends on the club."

"We cannot bring back some of the players who are out on loan because we have an agreement that they will carry on for the rest of the season."

"The squad would be fine if we had everyone available."

"Hopefully the injured players will come back and the African Nations Cup will give us our players back sooner rather than later."

"Then we`ll have the squad to deal with this congestion."

And there I was thinking fixture congestion was associated with a winning team who had the foresight to make allowances for things such as suspensions, injuries and international duty.

Reading Team News:

Brian McDermott, keen to keep Reading in the Premier League in the face of growing pressure, will have to make do without his striker Jason Roberts. Also doubtful is Noel Hunt who faces a fitness test.

Our sources also infer that McDermott`s new signing Daniel Carrico, won`t feature.

Player to watch: Ian Harte

Now thirty-five years of age, the former Leeds United player is still a threat from free-kicks - be warned

Chelsea Team News:

Chelsea approaches this game with numerous players unavailable. Out injured are David Luiz and Oriel Romeu whilst Eden Hazard is serving the second game of a three game suspension received for his altercation with the Swansea ball-boy. Also missing will be John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses, both on international duty with Nigeria.

Chelsea supporters will be hoping that Petr Cech will have overcome the 'niggle` that kept him out of the Brentford game but they`ll also be pondering over the following;-

• Will Demba Ba start instead of Fernando Torres?
• Will John Terry be fit enough for a second competitive game in the space of four days?
• Will Marko Marin be given another start after hi spoor first half at Griffin Park?
• Is the squad so thin we might even see Yossi Benayoun pull on a first team shirt?

Player to watch: Juan Mata

Its fast being said that without the influential little Spaniard we look devoid of ideas!

Match Facts & Stats

The record books show that Chelsea have the edge over Reading in competitive fixtures.

Chelsea haven`t lost to Reading since 1930 when Reading triumphed 3-1.

In the five league games since then, Reading have suffered five losses

If you look at all competitions, Chelsea have lost just 3 times in 19 matches.

Ref Watch:

Our officials for this encounter are:- Referee - M. Halsey Assistant - R. Ganfield Assistant - D. Cann Fourth Official - R. East

Match Prediction:

I swear its easier picking the National Lottery winning numbers than a Chelsea result these days. Our form is so erratic that suggesting any game is going to be easy is quite capable of leaving you with egg all over your face. But, Reading have been struggling this season and this is a fixture we should, despite our depleted squad, win. I`m staying loyal to the cause and going for a 2-0 Chelsea win, with Juan Mata and Demba Ba being the heroes. And as for those winning lottery numbers, I`m keeping them to myself!

Next Fixtures:

Our next fixture has us on the road again when we travel to St James Park to take on a Newcastle side that haven`t lived up to the promise shown last season.

Date:Tuesday January 29 2013
Time: 5:10PM


All i can do is hope and pray..only the good Lord knows what will transpire tomorrow.
29/01/2013 17:53:00
move for butland made? does that mean courtois might be going to barcelona? hope not.
29/01/2013 17:57:00
Moses really tearing ethiopia apart in the last 15 minutes, chelsea are surely going to make one purchase now that is likely nigeria have qualified, moses scored two penalties, but the way he won it was the brilliant, that is his only sane contribution though
29/01/2013 18:47:00
Just noticed on the league table that we have the 2nd highest goals scored and 2nd best defence ! Not bad for a team in crisis !!!
29/01/2013 19:40:00
Moussa Sissoko looks good for Castle!! chelsea is gonna be sorry, those are the deals we should have been looking for
29/01/2013 20:07:00
Expect a big improvement after Brentford. 2-0 to Chelsea in a (relatively) comfortable win.
29/01/2013 20:23:00
Despite all the negativity surrounding us. I haven't throw in the towel in yet. Expecting the league form to improve starting with a win at Reading.
jollyheart Torres
29/01/2013 20:38:00
zolaisalegend.really?? Readin through comments in the last few days i thought we were worse than QPR
29/01/2013 20:57:00
so rafa says he thinks there won't be any purchases before thursday nite. so there's that bit of excitement killed off in good time. but does he know something or not. it's very probable things are going on that the spanish waiter isn't party to. and of course we have the presss hacks telling this is a resounding thumbs down to the large waiter i'e. not giving him any money to spend. imo not a bit of it. the ins or outs will happen this window regardless of what they have in store for the waiter!
29/01/2013 20:59:00
One more thing supporters will be ponderin *will fans be hostile to yossi because of things he said about chelsea at arsenal?
29/01/2013 21:01:00
One more thing supporters will be ponderin *will fans be hostile to yossi because of things he said about chelsea at arsenal?
29/01/2013 21:01:00
Exactly Ken . I thought vital were gonna have to set up a councelling helpline !!!
29/01/2013 22:13:00
There goes juve's treble. What a game that was, get petkovic put on the list immediately:) (I'm being mischievous). That draw for qpr against city should give us some incentive to win tomorrow and close another gap.
29/01/2013 22:16:00
Lol@zolaisalegend,that got me laughin ma feckin ass off
29/01/2013 22:32:00
A potential banana peel this fixture is,i hope it doesnt fulfil that potential. We should be in touching distance with Citeh if we can win this match,it will become 2points gap or so. I forbid any form of blip in tonight's game...lets win and get some fresh air cos its getting all stuffy everywhere.
30/01/2013 07:35:00
Anything less than 3 points is a definite no no...
30/01/2013 09:25:00
4 point gap ohans ,the table is right beside you !
30/01/2013 09:29:00
30/01/2013 09:39:00
Chelsea have had a bid accepted by Birmingham for Jack Butland? so confused by this signing...Anyway 3 points is a must tonight - c'mon you blues...
30/01/2013 09:43:00
hopefully we will win this game and put some gap between us and the fourth spot and also close the gap on Man city. The best news for all after will be on Manu losing and dropping three points.. @ Ken.. Yossi really said some unwise things about us last season and i'm sure that like Lukaku, he was gutted not to have been in the team that won the CL trophy but we should forgive the guy and actually give him some gametime today. Marin also. I believe both are actually good players and since we are stuck with them ( Yossi especially) anyway, we should make a good use of them. Using yossi on the RW would free up oscar to be used in the pivot with Ramires today. Lampard absolutely needs a rest. we cannot continue to play a 34 year old twice a week for 90 mins. no matter how fit he is.
30/01/2013 09:47:00
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