Chelsea Match Preview

Last updated : 17 January 2004 By Brian Cartlidge

History of the Chelsea v Birmingham City fixture

Blues face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon, needing to turn around their fortunes at the ground. The Blues will be hoping to improve upon a record which has seen them lose 21 and win only 9 of the 40 games at The Bridge.

The most recent encounter between these two sides at Stamford Bridge was just last season, in November 2002, with Chelsea running out comfortable 3-0 winners in a Premiership match .. view report

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Recent encounters between the teams:
2003/2004Tue 14 OctBirmingham City0 - 0ChelseaPREM
2002/2003Sat 08 FebBirmingham City1 - 3ChelseaPREM
2002/2003Sat 09 NovChelsea3 - 0Birmingham CityPREM
1988/1989Tue 04 AprChelsea3 - 1Birmingham CityDIV2
1988/1989Fri 16 DecBirmingham City1 - 4ChelseaDIV2
1985/1986Sat 21 DecBirmingham City1 - 2ChelseaDIV1
1985/1986Sat 24 AugChelsea2 - 0Birmingham CityDIV1

Recent respective form guides

Chelsea have only performed averagely at home, winning 3 and losing 2 of their last six. A total of 9 goals have been scored by Chelsea in those games, with 3 conceded.

The Blues have an average recent record on the road, picking up two good wins, but losing three, from the last six. While they have hit 6 goals, 9 have hit the back of the wrong net.

Chelsea sit in a healthy 3rd in the league, and have picked up 45 points from their 21 games. The Blues' 29 points from 20 games sees them lie inside the top half of the table, in 8th position.

Current League Form Guides PWDLFAP
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Prediction ...

The Blues have an indifferent set of results on the road, but I believe this game will yield a point for Steve Bruce's side .. Score Draw

Sequence statistics:
Chelsea6 games since last home draw.
Not drawn a match in their last 3 .
Birmingham CityLost each of the previous 2 away matches.
Not won in previous 2 away matches.
Last drawn game 10 outings ago.

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