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news Mon 30 Oct 2017
We review the past week’s loan action including goals in the Dutch, English and Russian leagues and we list the Chelsea games to come…
PSV Eindhoven and Vitesse Arnhem faced each other in the Eredivisie on Sunday morning, a game featuring several Blues loanees. Matt Miazga and Fankaty Dabo started for Vitesse and Mason Mount came off the bench to score their second goal just a minute after entering the pitch, netting a lovely first-time finish from a Dabo assist.
However, a PSV side captained by Marco van Ginkel emerged with a 4-2 victory. Van Ginkel was decisive in midweek for PSV, coming off the bench for extra time in their Dutch Cup tie at Volendam and netting the opener in a 2-0 win; while not quite a bicycle kick, the midfielder showed agility and inventiveness to turn home a difficult chance.
Todd Kane came off the bench late on in Groningen's Dutch Cup defeat at Roda JC and he was a starter on Sunday as they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Sparta Rotterdam.
Tammy Abraham has been Swansea City's primary source of goals this season, but on Saturday he turned provider to set up Sam Clucas's opener against Arsenal away, displaying another side to his game in front of the watching England manager, Gareth Southgate. However, the Swans eventually succumbed to a 2-1 defeat.
Stoke City secured a much-needed victory at Watford, with Kurt Zouma playing a crucial role on the right-hand side of the back three to keep Richarlison quiet. The Frenchman made 12 clearances, which was more than any other player in the match, to help ensure the Potters did not so much as face a shot on target.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek was part of the Crystal Palace side that fought back from two goals down at home to West Ham United to salvage a draw thanks to an equaliser from Wilfried Zaha in the seventh minute of injury time, a goal in which the Chelsea man played a part.
Brighton and Hove Albion also came from behind to draw, at home to Southampton, and Izzy Brown played the final six minutes of that game.
Sheffield United top the Championship standings for the first time in 12 years, with Jamal Blackman between the posts against Leeds United on Friday night as the Blades won for the ninth time in their past 11 matches.
There was a first taste of the second-city derby for Jeremie Boga this weekend. He came on as a substitute for Birmingham City against an Aston Villa side captained by John Terry. The game at St Andrew's finished goalless and our fellow Blues are now two points clear of the relegation zone.
Michael Hector (pictured) scored his first goal for Hull City, but it proved to be little more than a consolation as his side fell to a 3-2 home defeat against Nottingham Forest. Ola Aina also played the full 90 minutes as the Tigers dropped to 17th in the Championship.
Our opponents in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup, Bournemouth, booked their spot in the last eight last week with a 3-1 victory over a Middlesbrough side for whom Lewis Baker played 83 minutes. The midfielder was absent, however, from Boro's 2-0 win at Reading on Saturday.
Tomas Kalas played the majority of Fulham's 1-1 draw at home to Bolton Wanderers, although the centre-back was subbed off shortly before Tom Cairney scored a stoppage-time equaliser for our west London neighbours.
Jay Dasilva was part of the Charlton Athletic side which maintained its place just behind the League One frontrunners courtesy of a 1-0 win at home to Wimbledon. At the other end of the table, Jordan Houghton helped Doncaster Rovers beat Bury to edge clear of the relegation zone.
Bradley Collins had to be on his toes in the opening 30 seconds of Forest Green's game with Morecambe when he was called into action to save a one-on-one from Vadaine Oliver. The goalkeeper repelled everything the Shrimps threw at him and a 2-0 victory moves them out of the bottom two.
Two defeats in the space of five days, with three goals conceded in each, have seen Nathan Baxter and Woking lose ground on the leaders in the National League. Our other goalkeeper playing outside the Football League, Jared Thompson, was involved in an entertaining game for Chippenham Town against Chelmsford City, for whom former Blues shot-stopper Dave Beasant's son Sam was between the sticks. Thompson saved a penalty, albeit conceding from the rebound, in a 3-2 win for Chippenham.
Nathan played 75 minutes of Amien's French League Cup win at Troyes before he was replaced by former Blues winger Gael Kakuta, and there was cup progress, too, for Mario Pasalic in Russia. The midfielder scored Spartak Moscow's opener in their 5-2 win over Spartak Nal'chik.
In Turkey, Kenneth Omeruo was in the starting line-up for Kasimpasa's 3-1 win at home to Goztepe.
Partizan Belgrade remain second in the Serbian Super Liga after Danilo Pantic helped them win at Zemum and then at Borac Cacak, the latter as a result of a 97th-minute winner by Zoran Tosic, once of Manchester United.
Jhoao Rodriguez played 73 minutes of Tampico Madero's 2-1 win at Cimarrones De Sonora in Mexico.
Victorien Angban started in midfield for Waasland Beveren at Standard Liege on Sunday but they suffered a 3-1 defeat which ended a two-game winning streak for the Belgian side.
The week ahead
First in action are our Under-19s who will look to reverse defeat at home to Roma in their previous UEFA Youth League match when they play in the Italian capital on Tuesday at 2pm UK time, 3pm local time. The venue is Stadio Tre Fontane and the game is live on BT Sport.
That evening the first team play Roma in the Stadio Olimpico with the traditional Champions League kick-off of 7.45pm UK time. Antonio Conte plus one of the players will be speaking about that game at a media conference at 6pm tonight.
There is a double-header of cup games for Chelsea Ladies this week, with Brighton & Hove Albion Women away the challenge on Wednesday with a 7.45pm start. Then the second Continental Tyres Cup away match of the week is on Saturday at 5.30pm against Bristol City Women.
Prior to then, at 11am on Saturday morning, Jody Morris and the Under-18s will be at Brighton for an U18 Premier League Cup match.