Monday, 21 September 2009

Can Chelsea make it a perfect 10 victories to start their Premier League season?

Chelsea have secured a maximum 18 points from their first six games in the Premier League this season, but can they record another four before the end of October to make it a perfect 10?

W 2-1 vs Hull
(h), Aug 15,
After an unbeaten pre-season which included four wins in America and lifting the Community Shield, Hull gave Chelsea a stern opening test at Stamford Bridge before Didier Drogba earned Carlo Ancelotti's side three points in injury time.

W 1-3 v Sunderland (a), Aug 18
Three days later and Chelsea are in cruise control despite Darren Bent giving the hosts an 18th minute lead. Three second-half strikes in 15 minutes handed the Londoners their second win.

W 0-2 vs Fulham (a), Aug 23
Drogba and Nicolas Anelka wrap up another dominant display as Fulham fail to garner a single strike on target, giving Chelsea their first clean sheet of the campaign.

W 3-0 v Burnley (h), Aug 29
Not even Brian 'The Beast' Jensen could stop Chelsea recording their fourth win, as Anelka continues his early season form by scoring the opener before Michael Ballack and Ashley Cole settle proceedings.

W 1-2 v Stoke City (a), Sept 12
A raucous atmosphere gave the hosts an invaluable 12th man but Chelsea still came from behind to win with another injury-time winner from Florent Malouda.

W 3-0 v Tottenham (h), Sept 20
Chelsea cruised to a club record 11th straight Premier League win in an entertaining London derby. Cole scored his second home goal in succession, Drogba finishing it off with his first goal against Spurs at home.

... and what's in store for the next four

v Wigan (a), Sept 26
Another midweek derby against QPR in the Carling Cup on Wednesday should see fit-again Joe Cole, Paulo Ferreira and Yury Zhirkov bolster Chelsea's squad for their visit to the north three days later.

v Liverpool (h), Oct 4
Chelsea's first away trip in the Champions League against Apoel Nicosia shouldn't pose too many problems for Ancelotti's first big test of the season against Rafael Benitez's side four days later.

v Aston Villa (a), Oct 17
Martin O'Neill's side are showing signs of prospering this season and will give Chelsea a thorough test at home, leaving Ancelotti with his first dropped points of the campaign.

v Blackburn (h), Oct 24
Saturday evening kick-off should see Chelsea fans celebrate on the King's Road with another three points in the bag.

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