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John Baines 22.05.2013
Chelsea: 2012/13 Season by Numbers
With nothing else to do now the Blues' marathon campaign is finally over, John Baines attempts to waste time until August by crunching numbers and churning out some vaguely interesting stats on their efforts this term.
John Baines 18.05.2013
Chelsea set to extend departing Moyes' woeful 'big four' away record
David Moyes has never tasted victory with Everton at Stamford Bridge, Anfield, Old Trafford or the Emirates and that trend will continue in the final-day battle of the outgoing bosses.
John Baines 17.05.2013
Back Mourinho to deliver Copa del Rey in Madrid curtain call
Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid go head to head for the Copa del Rey on Friday night, and John Baines believes the city's most unpopular man will exit stage left with yet another medal in his collection.
John Baines 07.04.2013
Expect Hazard and company to ruin Di Canio's Sunderland bow
John Terry and Paolo Di Canio will dash straight from Sunday mass to Stamford Bridge for a game of equal importance for two sides at opposite ends of the table, but the hosts will come out smiling.
John Baines 15.03.2013
Tired Tottenham can get the better of Fulham at the Lane... eventually
The Sunday after the Thursday before is a notoriously perilous post for teams returning from European duties and John Baines believes Fulham can pick up a point against an energy-sapped Spurs.
John Baines 07.03.2013
Chelsea don't look interested in Europe...and Steaua could cash in
The Blues were poor over two games against Sparta Prague in the last 32 of the Europa League despite advancing and John Baines reckons there's plenty of value in backing the Romanians.
John Baines 02.03.2013
Barca well priced to capitalise on Madrid's Champions League priority
For once this is an 'El Clasico' with not much riding on it, and Real Madrid's pre-occupation with Manchester United could open the door for a Catalan victory.
John Baines 27.02.2013
Chelsea are wobbling but expect them to pass Boro and Baggies tests
The Blues have a fight on their hands to secure a top-four finish but John Baines believes they can gain some momentum with a 9/10 FA Cup and Premier League double this week.
John Baines 17.02.2013
Marin ready to mark his Chelsea territory against Brentford
With games coming thick and fast in three competitions, the Bees' visit to Stamford Bridge offers Rafa Benitez a chance to rotate and John Baines believes the "German Messi" should be given another run out.
John Baines 11.02.2013
Wigan win allows Chelsea to be up for the cups
A weekend win over Wigan Athletic has kept the Blues ahead of their London rivals in the battle for a top-four finish and they can now aid their cause with progress in the FA Cup and Europa League.
John Baines 06.02.2013
Spain's thoroughbreds will eventually hurdle the challenge of Uruguay
They may be masters of tiki-taka, but watching Vicente del Bosque's men sends me to sleep and I'm not expecting much excitement when the world champions face Luis Suarez and company in Doha.
John Baines 05.02.2013
Benitez should look in the mirror for answers to Chelsea's failings
Rafa the hapless gaffer could only blame the referee as the Blues shelled more points at the weekend, but John Baines reckons their fixtures over the next few weeks should bring a temporary lift to the gloom.
John Baines 01.02.2013
Why Manchester United will move ten points clear with win at Fulham
Martin Jol's men have made it difficult against the top teams at Craven Cottage and John Baines reckons they'll do so again on Saturday - albeit with the Reds leaving with the points.
John Baines 30.01.2013
Back Barcelona to capitalise on depleted Real Madrid in El Clasico
Los Blancos will be without half of their first team for tonight's El Clasico at the Bernabeu and John Baines believes those absences will allow the visitors to come away with a narrow first-leg lead.
John Baines 30.01.2013
Why the Man Utd machine will crush Pochettino's Saints
The Red Devils' charge at the top of the Premier League seems familiar and as John Baines points out, there are also some recurring themes in their scores.
John Baines 25.01.2013
Why Chelsea will secure a Hazard-less passage through at Griffin Park
"Ballboy-gate" has partially masked some of the criticism coming the Blues' way following their limp show against Swansea, but John Baines believes they can lift some of the gloom with an FA Cup cruise against Brentford.
John Baines 24.01.2013
Why Mancini's men will be left frustrated by stubborn Stoke
Manchester City have struggled at the Britannia Stadium in recent seasons and John Baines reckons they'll have a tough time again this weekend in the FA Cup.
John Baines 21.01.2013
Back Everton to make life hell for the Saints
Mobday night's clash had draw written all over it prior to the Saints' sacking of Nigel Adkins but John Baines believes the repercussions of that decision will give the Toffees the advantage.
John Baines 20.01.2013
On-song Valencia can add to Real Madrid's away-day dramas
It's one win in six away from the Bernabeu for the champions and John Baines believes a resurgent Los Che will make another dent in that record on Sunday.
John Baines 12.01.2013
Basement boys Osasuna can take a point off mighty Madrid
Jose Mourinho's side have struggled on the road all year and John Baines reckons they'll once again find it tough in a tricky trip to Osasuna
John Baines 11.01.2013
Why solid Stoke can add to Benitez's woes in the Potteries
Tony Pulis' men are unbeaten in 17 home Premier League games and John Baines can't see a hit-and-miss Chelsea bringing that run to an end.
John Baines 06.01.2013
Barcelona to make a Messi of local rivals Espanyol
After two weeks without the release of watching Barcelona, John Baines prepares himself for the Catalans' return to action.
John Baines 31.12.2012
Why Southampton can grab a point against free-scoring Gunners
Arsenal have a worrying penchant for dropping points after a good spell and John Baines believes the Saints can end the Londoners' four-game winning run.
John Baines 24.12.2012
Slick Spurs can heap more festive misery on wounded Villa
Aston Villa will be keen to bounce back from the Chelsea debacle but John Baines believes Spurs will be just as eager to get about a side low on experience and confidence.
John Baines 23.12.2012
Back Benitez's Blues to win big against resurgent Villa
Chelsea's second-half fightback against Leeds will have done them the power of good and John Baines expects them to kick on and get a good result against Aston Villa on Sunday.
John Baines 23.12.2012
Back goals at both ends in a United win at Swansea
Swansea have a history of making it tough for the top teams at their place but John Baines reckons Manchester United have enough goals in them to make off with a win.
John Baines 14.12.2012
Expect another United win to increase Wearside woes
The Reds have hardly hit top gear all season and John Baines reckons they'll only need to go through the motions to beat a sorry Sunderland.
John Baines 13.12.2012
Punch-drunk City can rise from the canvas to tame Newcastle again
Roberto Mancini's men must hope a trip to St James' Park rekindles the spirit of last spring, when they stormed past the Magpies en route to the title.
John Baines 07.12.2012
Arsene Wenger* previews Arsenal's draw with West Brom
Doing his bit to keep national unemployment down, John Baines relinquishes his seat to a special guest who could soon be in need of another job.
John Baines 30.11.2012
Back few goals and less excitement when Chelsea visit West Ham
After astutely negotiating the tricky proposition of a depleted Fulham at home, John Baines reckons Rafa Benitez's Blues can do an ugly but effective job on the Hammers.
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