CHELSEA MAINTAIN TOP SPOT WITH WIN

Chelsea are still the team to beat in the Premier League at the moment after they retained top spot on the league standings with the 2-1 away win over Watford. Ahead of the game, Chelsea knew that only a win would suffice for the West Londoners in their quest to stay ahead of title rivals Liverpool and Manchester City and they were able to achieve thefeat with the win over.

MOUNT BACK IN CHELSEA SQUAD

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that star midfielder Mason Mount is back in the squad for the Premier League visit of Burnley after recovering from illness. England international Mount missed the last two Chelsea game in all competitions due to the illness. Chelsea boss Tuchel stated that Mount would be in his squad for the Burnley game on Saturday afternoon as he looks to at least maintain the three-point lead at the Premier League summit at the end of the games this weekend.

EASY WIN PREDICTED FOR CHELSEA

Mark Lawrenson has predicted an easy win for Chelsea against Norwich City in their Premier League clash this weekend. The ex-Liverpool player said this in his column for the BBC Sports as he looked ahead to matchday nine games. The BBC pundit backed the Chelsea for a 2-0 win over the Canaries.

LOFTUS-CHEEK SET FOR VILLA START

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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has revealed that England international Ruben Loftus-Cheek could start the Carabao Cup third round tie with Aston Villa on Wednesday night.

DESPITE REPORTS, THERE'S NO CHELSEA AGREEMENT FOR KOUNDE

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There are several reports that Chelsea had reached an agreement for the signing of Sevilla's French defender Jules Kounde but those reports are not true - at least for now. Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is keen to sign the defender this summer and has identified Kounde as the man he wants to come into the squad and bolster his defensive ranks hit things have continued to look complicated by the day. When Chelsea first registered interest in the player, Sevilla requested that they include Kurt Zouma in their offer and even though Zouma initially agreed to make the switch to the Spanish La Liga to join Sevilla, he changed his mind and opted decided to remain in England instead.

RICE EXPECTED TO REMAIN AT WEST HAM THIS SEASON

West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice is expected to remain at the club beyond this summer, according to reports. The England international midfielder was strongly linked with a move away from the club and had links with Manchester United and Chelsea, the two major clubs that that were interested in his signature but after being put off by the £100 million transfer fee that the Hammers were demanding for their star midfielder, none of them made a formal bid for the player. Rice is willing to leave West Ham and sign for a big club this summer but he is reportedly not interested in handing a transfer request or force a move away from the London club.

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