Chelsea FC returns to the English Premier League action at the Stamford Bridge on Saturday with an entertaining game against their fellow top-flight strugglers Aston Villa. The clubs’ miserable start to the season has actually seen the manager Jose Mourinho come under extreme as well as increasing pressure, and failure to beat Aston Villa could therefore see the club’s hierarchy hastily analyze their assurances to the manager that he is the right man for the job. These assurances followed after a shambolic 3-1 defeat to Southampton two weeks ago.
Jose Mourinho fined by FA
Chelsea manager, Mourinho has been fined £50,000 and given a suspended one-match stadium ban by the Football Association. This charge comes after Jose Mourinho admitted a breach of the FA rules in relation to his post-match media comments. The manager was charged for misconduct after the game against Southampton on Sunday October 3 at Stamford Bridge. In fact, it was alleged that his remarks constituted indecorous conduct in that the match officials implied bias on the part of the match.
Mourinho says that his Football Association Fine is a disgrace having being ordered to pay £50,000. He had claimed that the match officials were afraid of awarding his team penalties when Robert Madley denied the Blues a penalty in their loss to Southampton. Jose also had another dig ate Arsene Wenger after accepting a misconduct charge. He felt that the angry Wenger went unpunished after calling referee Mike Dean weak and naive following their 2-0 defeat by the Blues last month. He has also claimed that the Football Association had set a dangerous example by rescinding a red card that was given to Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista, who had been sent off after kicking out at Diego Costa.
Pedro happy at Chelsea
Chelsea forward, Pedro Rodriguez says that he is very happy and also confident after moving from Barcelona. The Spain forward made his mind to leave his boyhood club Barca after eleven years and moved to England after having spent most of the last season on the bench under his former manager Luis Enrique. Even though the Stamford Bridge club has made absolutely a poor start to the season, Rodriguez has impressed having scored two goals and also making one assist in his last eight appearances.
Pedro has disclosed that his fellow Spain players at the club, including the former Barcelona team mate, Cesc Fabregas, Cesar Azpilicueta, and Diego Costa have helped him to adjust so quickly to life in the English Premier League.
Thibaut Courtois targets December come back
Chelsea goalkeeper, Courtois is planning a return to the action in December but his team mate Branislav Ivanovic picked up an injury when on international duty. Thibaut Courtois needed a surgery after he damaged the ligaments in his right knee while in training last month. However, the Belgium international is actually recovering very well and delivered a progressive injury update. Ivanovic has as well been added to the injury list during the international break, after he suffered a hamstring injury with his national team.
The English Premier League returns this particular weekend and Chelsea FC will face Aston Villa, being 16th in the table and also ten points behind the leaders Manchester City. Chelsea FC vs Aston Villa bedding odds include: Chelsea 1/3, Draw 9/2, and Aston Villa 15/2. If you don’t want to bet about football games but do want to bet on something you should try this site.