As the season draws to a close, Premier League table topping Chelsea Football Club seem to be having all kinds of injury problems which they could seriously do without. Already this week it has confirmed that prolific goal scorer, Diego Costa would be out for about two week and in the process, missing out on the big clash against Manchester United on the 18th of April.
Sadly, the Blues could also be without another two key players when they take on Arsenal in the League, later this month. This time not due to injuries, but due to the fact that the pair are both one yellow card away from getting a two-game-ban, according to reports.
Although, they could yet beat the curse of the card if they don’t pick up bookings this weekend, as the fixtures for this weekend, would be the last to which the rule applies. The blues face relegation struggling Queens Park Rangers at Loftus road on Saturday, which is also a London derby.
This season both Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic have been widely hailed as the best midfield pairing in the division. Since rejoining Chelsea from Benfica last January, Nemanja Matić has been exceptional in the Chelsea midfield, and with Cesc Fabregas alongside him, he has someone who has the ability to spot a pass whenever he wins the ball. Chelsea have been heavily reliant on the pair this season which has also seen them struggle each time they are not on their game or when they are absent.
It is no wonder that the blues have not been as impressive as they were during the first half of the season as Cesc Fabregas has also had a drop in form. With a staggering 15 assists during the first half of the season when the blues were on fire, the Spaniard has only managed just two assists in the second half of the campaign, which has also seen Diego Costa, who was a major benefactor of his passes, have his goals reduced. But looking at Fabregas stats over the past 4 years, he has consistently had a drop in form during the second half of the season, dating back to his Arsenal days.
Chelsea currently sit top of the Premier League with 7 points clear of second place Arsenal and also have the luxury of a game in hand which could see Mourinho’s men go 10 points clear at the top should they get a win in that outstanding game. Should they stand any chance of achieving this, both Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas must avoid suspensions.