Cruis­ing Chelsea set eyes on Cloud Nine

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An­to­nio Conte’s Chelsea jug­ger­naut rolls back into ac­tion against West Bromwich Al­bion tomorrow with the Premier League lead­ers chas­ing a ninth con­sec­u­tive win. Chelsea pro­duced the most im­pres­sive dis­play of their win­ning streak last week­end when they came from be­hind to win 3-1 at Pep Guardi­ola’s Manch­ester City. They have not won nine suc­ces­sive league games within the same sea­son since 2007 and ahead of West Brom’s visit, Mar­cos Alonso has urged his team-mates not to let their level drop. “Win­ning game af­ter game gives you con­fi­dence, but you have to keep work­ing,” the Span­ish wing-back told the Chelsea web­site.

“The re­sults give you con­fi­dence to work in this way, though. We have got to use this mo­men­tum of the last eight league games and go on to have an­other good game against West Brom now.” While most of Chelsea’s ti­tle ri­vals have been in Euro­pean ac­tion this week, Conte’s side have once again had a full week to pre­pare for the visit of Tony Pulis’s side. It is 32 years since West Brom last won at Chelsea, but they have drawn on two of their last three vis­its and have climbed to sev­enth in the ta­ble on the back of a four-game un­beaten run. “(Chelsea) are on a great run of form,” West Brom man­ager Pulis told the club web­site.

“The man­ager’s come in and he’s changed things around and got the play­ers play­ing the way they can. It’s a won­der­ful, won­der­ful squad of play­ers. But we’ll go there and do our best.” Guardi­ola’s City will look to kick their ti­tle chal­lenge back into gear when they visit un­rav­el­ling cham­pi­ons Le­ices­ter City to­day. The ill-tem­pered de­feat at Chelsea’s hands left a mark, with Ser­gio Aguero and Fer­nand­inho pick­ing up red cards that will keep them out un­til af­ter Christ­mas. City have slipped to fourth place in the ta­ble, four points be­low Chelsea, and al­though Le­ices­ter are toil­ing in 16th place, Pablo Za­baleta is tak­ing noth­ing for granted.

Arse­nal on song

“Al­ways it’s a dif­fi­cult place to go. Even if they are not do­ing great in the do­mes­tic com­pe­ti­tion, they are still a good team, very com­pet­i­tive,” said the City right-back. “It is go­ing to be a tough game. We need to win and get three points af­ter the big de­feat last week­end to stay in the fight for the ti­tle.” While City have won their last three away matches in the league, they have won just four of their last 14 games in all com­pe­ti­tions as Guardi­ola con­tin­ues to search for a durable win­ning for­mula. His prob­lems pale in com­par­i­son, how­ever, be­side those of Le­ices­ter man­ager Clau­dio Ranieri, who saw a sec­ond-string side trounced 5-0 by Porto in the Cham­pi­ons League on Wed­nes­day. beIN SPORTS

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With seven de­feats al­ready, Le­ices­ter’s league form is as alarm­ing as last sea­son’s was as­ton­ish­ing and has left them just two points above the rel­e­ga­tion zone. Sec­ond­place Arse­nal, three points be­hind Chelsea, can pro­vi­sion­ally take over at the sum­mit if they beat Stoke City by two goals or more at the Emi­rates Sta­dium to­day.

Alexis Sanchez’s hat-trick fired Arse­nal to a 5-1 win at West Ham United last week­end, which was fol­lowed by a su­perb 4-1 win at Basel in the Cham­pi­ons League, but man­ager Arsene Wenger feels there is more to come. — AFP

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