Chelsea improved their chances of finishing in an English Premier League top four spot after they defeated London rivals West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on Monday.

FIFA started proceedings for Chelsea’s transfer ban appeal.

Emma Hayes’ women’s side face an SSE Women’s FA Cup semi-final tie in Manchester.

Finally, the Development Squad host a London derby at The Bridge.

Chelsea 2-0 West Ham United

Maurizio Sarri’s men made it three English Premier League victories in a row on Monday, with their push for a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League looking more and more possible.

The Blues dominated possession in the first half, but it took a moment of magic from the wonderful Eden Hazard to break the deadlock. 

After dancing his way through the final third, brushing past several Hammers players in the process, he unleashed an unstoppable left foot strike into the bottom corner of the net from inside the box. His goal was no doubt one of the greatest league goals from anybody this season.

West Ham United were a different side in the second half as they pressured The Blues defence for an equaliser, however, the pressure was met with resilience as they could not find their way through.

Chelsea finished off the job in the 90th minute when substitute Ross Barkley found Hazard in the box with a pinpoint cross. Hazard then elegantly finished with a driven half-volley.

Hazard unsurprisingly received all of the plaudits for his magnificent performance as he helped his side move up to third in the table, two points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur and three ahead of Arsenal, although both sides had games in hand.

Slavia Prague 0-1 Chelsea

The Blues gained the upper hand in the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals as they narrowly defeated Czech Republic side Slavia Prague 1-0 on Thursday.

Sarri’s side had the upper hand in the first half as they looked for an opener, however, chances were few and far between with Willian coming closest with an effort which hit the bar from 20 yards out.

The second half was a different story as Slavia Prague were the team on top but thanks to the heroics of Kepa Arrizabalaga, the scoreline remained level.

Amidst all of the pressure, it was Chelsea who took the lead in the 86th minute when Willian, who was arguably the best player on the pitch, lofted a ball into the path of Marcos Alonso who made no mistake with his header.

The goal ensured that The Blues go into Thursday’s second leg with a one-goal advantage. 

Blues FIFA appeal underway

Chelsea’s appeal against their pending two-window transfer ban issued by FIFA has begun.

The South West Londoners were charged in relation to a breaching of regulations concerning the transfer of players who were under the age of 18, something that the club categorically denies.

The appeal was initially denied by the organisation but are now looking into the case, with the decision expected to be made by the opening of the summer transfer window in July. 

Women’s team in Manchester for SSE Women’s FA Cup tie

Chelsea FC Women face a challenging away fixture at The Academy Stadium as they face Manchester City Women in the SSE Women’s FA Cup semi-final on Sunday.

The two sides will meet in the competition for the fifth time in six seasons as The Blues bid to reach the cup final.

Chelsea are the current holders of the trophy after they defeated Arsenal 3-1 in the final last season. They have so far seen off Everton, Arsenal and Durham on their path to this season’s semi-final. 

Under-23s meet The Gunners in Premier League 2

The Under-23s will contest a London derby when they welcome Arsenal to Stamford Bridge in the Premier League 2 on Monday.

Despite The Blues being sixth in the division, they are only three points behind The Gunners who are currently third.

Blues boss Joe Edwards will be looking for an improvement from his side following a slight dip in form after his side fell to a 3-2 away defeat at the hands of Liverpool in their last outing.

Join us again next week for more from the Stamford Roar!

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I am Dan Pentland and I am a York City season ticket holder and volunteer for men's health charity Prostate Cancer UK. In May 2015, I completed my childhood dream of visiting all 92 Football League grounds. Follow me on Twitter @DanPentlandpcuk and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dpentlandawaydayspcuk/

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