This weekend could be the most important weekend of Chelsea’s season and they may be looking back fondly in May when they are lifting the Premier League trophy.
It was confirmed on Friday that the Chelsea transfer ban was being suspended by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. This means that Chelsea will probably be able to sign players in January so expect to see next season’s transfer budget being spent half way through this season.
That news will be a massive boost for Chelsea going into their crunch tie against Man Utd at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Chelsea know that a win in this game, against a United side that will be missing Rio Ferdinand and possibly Nemanja Vidic, will put them five points ahead of their nearest rivals in the Premiership title race.
So that’s the title race sorted but the Chelsea headlines don’t stop there, the club have announced this week they will be following Newcastle by offering up naming rights on their stadium. Pizza Hut Park, home of FC Dallas is currently the worst named stadium in the world but with the prospect of Stamford Bridge becoming McDonalds Meadow or Poundstretcher Park will have Chelsea fans seriously worried. It could be even worse, one of the names touted for St James Park was Ant and Dec Stadium, admittedly it earned a 1000/1 quote from bookies William Hill so Newcastle fans shouldn’t expect that name anytime soon!
It is less than a month until the World Cup Group Stage Draw now meaning World Cup fever is about to officially hit 32 countries across the world. Argentina sneaked automatic qualification but France and Portugal, who have both graced a major international final in the past five years, both face a playoff to decide their fate. France have been dealt a tough tie against Republic of Ireland and although Portugal have an easier task against Bosnia, they are likely to be missing Cristiano Ronaldo for both legs of the tie and that could make life difficult.