Chelsea’s final full week before Christmas saw them face two sides from the south coast on home soil.

The club are just a game away from a trip to Wembley, after reaching the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.

Meanwhile, travel disruptions in the Fulham area will cause havoc for Chelsea’s matches at Stamford Bridge over the Christmas period.

One of The Blues’ defenders, with almost 200 club appearances, has been rumoured with a departure from South West London.

Blues Fan and Football Journalism student Jonty Colman looks at the five major talking points from around the club this week.

Chelsea 1-0 Southampton

In the 100th ever meeting between Chelsea and Southampton, The Blues were 1-0 winners at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Chelsea’s only goal of the match came on the stroke of half time, with Marcos Alonso firing home a free-kick from distance.

The Blues boss Antonio Conte again started with three wingers up front, despite having Alvaro Morata sat on the bench.

Nevertheless, Chelsea did enough to secure the three points and a clean sheet. The result keeps Chelsea in third place, four points clear of fourth placed Liverpool.

Chelsea 2-1 AFC Bournemouth

Chelsea progressed into the last four of the Carabao Cup after a 2-1 victory over AFC Bournemouth on Wednesday evening.

The Blues took the lead through a Willian strike early in the first half.

The Cherries thought the game was going to extra time when midfielder Dan Gosling put the visitors level with a curling effort in the 90th minute. However, the English Premier League champions fought back and equalised just a minute later through substitute Alvaro Morata, who linked up with fellow second half replacement Eden Hazard to bag the winner.

Antonio Conte rotated the side, with eight different players starting against AFC Bournemouth from the side that beat Southampton at the weekend.

Semi-final opponents decided

The Blues will face London rivals Arsenal in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.

The Gunners have beaten Doncaster Rovers, Norwich City and Bristol Rovers on their way to the last four of the competition.

The two sides have already faced each other in the FA Cup Final and in the FA Community Shield this year, with Arsenal coming out on top on both occasions.

The first leg will take place at on the week commencing 8 January 2018 at Stamford Bridge, whilst the second leg will take place at the Emirates Stadium the week commencing 22 January 2018.

Christmas travel disruptions

It was announced this week that there will be no District Line service on the London Underground to or from Fulham Broadway for Chelsea’s matches against Brighton and Hove Albion and Stoke City later this month.

The closure is set to cause serious disruption for travelling supporters, with many using the tube service to get to The Blues’ home matches.

Replacement bus services will be in operation for both matches and details can be found below.

http://www.chelseafc.com/news/latest-news/2017/12/fulham-broadway-closed-for-festive-home-fixtures.html

Luiz linked with exit

Chelsea defender David Luiz has been linked with an exit from South West London, after a lack of game time in recent weeks.

Back in November, Luiz was left out of The Blues squad for their victory over Manchester United, with Conte opting for Denmark international Andreas Christensen in his place.

Luiz has been struggling with injury in recent weeks, but when he has been available, Christensen has still been the preferred option.

It has been rumoured that Arsenal are the strong favourites to the tempt the Brazilian away from SW6, whilst Newcastle United, currently managed by former Blues boss Rafael Benitez, are also interested in the defender.

Whilst he is currently out of favour, he is a crucial member of the squad and without him; Chelsea will be lacking serious depth in the centre of defence.

That’s all for this week; have a very merry Christmas and join us again next week for more from the Stamford Roar!