Tag Archives: Frank Lampard

All the factz on Chelsea v Leicester City, including which TV channel its on

Embed from Getty Images

The second match up of the day in the Premier League sees Chelsea host Leicester City at Stamford Bridge. 

This is Frank Lampard’s first home match since taking over as Chelsea manager so the ground should be rocking. Meanwhile Brendan Rodgers will have ambitions to emulate Leicester’s title-winning season in 2016.

The match kicks off at 4.30pm and it is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Leicester beat Chelsea 0-1 in this fixture last season. It ended 0-0 in the return at the King Power Stadium. However Chelsea did win 2-1 against the Foxes in the FA Cup quarter final.
* That defeat is Chelsea’s only one in their last 22 PL matches at Stamford Bridge.
* Leicester’s away form was good last season – they scored 7 more goals on the road than at home.
* The last Blues manager to lose their first two league matches at the club was Gianluca Vialli more than 20 years ago.
* This is Leicester’s 500th match in the Premier League. Only 15 other teams have reached the milestone.

All the factz on Manchester United v Chelsea, including which TV channel its on

Embed from Getty Images

The final match of the opening round of fixtures in the Premier League sees Manchester United host Chelsea at Old Trafford. 

There is huge interest in this match – beyond the usual hype – as it sees two sides in transition, managed by highly-rated young coaches in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Frank Lampard who were both legends at their respective clubs in their playing days.

In addition, both sides are expected to blood promising young home-grown talent.

The match kicks off at 4.30pm and it is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Here are the factz you need to know:

* United have won just two of their last 13 matches against Chelsea. The Blues have triumphed in 6 of those matches.
* The Red Devils failed to win any of their final five PL matches last season, losing three of those.
* Meanwhile Chelsea lost just one of their last 13 matches in all competitions last season – and that was to Liverpool. They won 8 of those matches.
* United haven’t kept a clean sheet since February.
* Chelsea aren’t brilliant on the road – they lost 5 of their last 9 PL matches away from Stamford Bridge, winning just two.

Frank Lampard announces retirement from football

Former Chelsea, Manchester City, West Ham and England midfielder Frank Lampard has announced his retirement from football at 38.

Lampard, who had most recently played for New York City in the MLS, had been without a club since the autumn.

“After 21 incredible years, I have decided that now is the right time to finish my career as a professional footballer,” Lampard said. “Whilst I have received a number of exciting offers to continue playing at home and abroad, at 38 I feel now is the time to begin the next chapter in my life.”

While Lampard didn’t elaborate on what that next chapter may be, he has recently done some stints as a pundit on TV and has been taking his coaching badges.

The midfielder started out at West Ham – where his father was assistant manager at the time – making 148 appearances for them between 1995 and 2001, scoring 24 goals.

But it was after his move to Chelsea that Lampard really excelled. In 13 years, he made 429 appearances and scored 147 goals for the club, and won 3 Premier League titles, 4 FA Cups, 2 League Cups, 1 Champions League and 1 Europa League.

After that, he moved to New York City, but was loaned back to Manchester City, where he made 32 appearances and scored 6 goals. After going to New York, he made 29 appearances in 2 injury-affected seasons, scoring 15 goals.

He stands 4th on the all-time list of PL scorers with 177 and 3rd on the list of appearance makers (607).

Internationally, he played on 106 occasions for England, scoring 29 goals.

Football transfer gossip

imageBrendan Rodgers and Liverpool are leading the chase to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, 23, after making a permanent offer, while their rivals for the Switzerland star’s signature, Inter Milan and Juventus, have only offered loan deals. (Metro)

Continue reading