Beat Your Manager’s posts are weekly discussions on Chelsea FC’s player lineups/bench/formations selected by fans. The “fanalytics” (fan generated analytics data on their most popular lineup, bench, substitutes and formation for CFC) was sourced from the game, Beat Your Manager! Fantasy Football, a game which took fantasy further (think Football Manager console game) and had Chelsea fans playing in real-time to try and outperform José Mourinho.

  • Chelsea vs. Man City 2013-14 Premier League season – what did the fans think?
    Saturday’s late kickoff sees the two clear title challengers so far this season go head-to-head in what fans hope will be a thrilling encounter. An 85th-minute equaliser for City from Chelsea legend Frank Lampard left a bitter taste in the mouth of the watching support when Chelsea travelled to the Etihad back in September and Chelsea boss José Mourinho will be keen to see his side repeat their Stamford Bridge result for this fixture last season. In that game, played at the end of October 2013, another late strike stunned the crowd when Fernando Torres pounced on a last-minute calamity
  • Chelsea Hull vs. City 2013-14 Premier League season – what did CFC fans think?
    Saturday afternoon sees Chelsea host relegation battlers Hull City, a game that ended well for the hosts on the opening day of last season, when first-half goals from Oscar and Frank Lampard gave the Blues a deserved 2-0 victory in the sunshine over Steve Bruce’s newly-promoted side. To see how Chelsea fans may be thinking about this game, we looked at the Beat Your Manager! Fantasy Football data from this fixture last season, to see what players were picked for the lineup. Beat Your Manager! Fantasy Football is a game similar to “Football Manager”, but applied to live football, where
  • Newcastle United v Chelsea 2013-14 Premier League season – what did CFC fans think?
    Saturday afternoon sees Chelsea travel north to Newcastle United, a game that ended well for the hosts in November 2013, with second-half goals from Yoan Gouffran and Loic Remy giving Newcastle a deserved 2-0 victory over an in-form Chelsea at St James’ Park. To see how Chelsea fans may be thinking about this game, we looked at the Beat Your Manager! Fantasy Football data from this fixture last season, to see what players were picked for the lineup. Beat Your Manager! Fantasy Football is a game similar to “Football Manager”, but applied to live football, where you manage your favourite
  • Sunderland v Chelsea 2013-14 Premier League season – what did CFC fans think?
    Saturday afternoon sees Chelsea travel north to Sunderland, a game that that thrilled fans and neutrals alike last season, ending in a 3-4 win for the visitors, Eden Hazard scoring twice to lead the Blues to victory, having initially been behind to the Black Cats. To see how Chelsea fans may be thinking about this game, we looked at the Beat Your Manager! Fantasy Football data from this fixture last season, to see what players were picked for the lineup. Beat Your Manager! Fantasy Football is a game similar to “Football Manager”, but applied to live football, where you manage
  • Chelsea vs. West Brom 2013-14 Premier League season – what did CFC fans think?
    Saturday afternoon sees West Bromwich travel south to Stamford Bridge, a game that ended in a 2-2 draw in early November last season following a very impressive display from the visitors, following on from their defeat of Manchester United at Old Trafford. A controversial Andre Marriner penalty awarded to the hosts in the fourth minute of extra time saw the Blues grind out an unlikely stalemate, leaving the Baggies still seeking a win at this ground since 1978. Pepe Mel’s West Brom side will have been ruing their inability to hold up the ball when in possession and new boss
  • Liverpool vs. Chelsea 2013-14 Premier League season – what did the fans think?
    The first match of the weekend is also the biggest, with Saturday morning seeing Liverpool taking on Chelsea at Anfield, a fixture that blew the title race wide open last season following Chelsea’s 2-0 away win, ending Liverpool’s 11-game winning streak with a deserved victory for the visitors. This fixture was played at the end of April last season and saw league leaders Liverpool side suffer their first defeat in 16 games, handing momentum back to eventual champions Manchester City. A nightmare slip by captain Steven Gerrard allowed Demba Ba through at the end of the first half, while Willian
  • Who was Chelsea’s most improved player over the 2013-14 Premier League season?
    Saturday afternoon sees the Blues make their shortest northerly trip to Loftus Road to face Harry Redknapp’s QPR. As QPR were in the Championship last season, our regular Beat Your Manager! column doesn’t have a lineup list from last season to talk about and instead has come up with a novel topic that last season’s stats can usefully answer. Beat Your Manager! Fantasy Football is a game similar to “Football Manager”, but applied to live football, where you manage your favourite Club and pick lineups, bench, formations and substitutions, all in real-time. When fans play the game, the Beat Your
  • Manchester United vs. Chelsea 2013-14 Premier League season – what did the fans think?
    Sunday afternoon sees the big matchup of the weekend, with Manchester United taking on Chelsea at Old Trafford and Juan Mata lining up against his old Chelsea team-mates. When this fixture was played last season, on a Monday night in August 26th, 2013, David Moyes was seeking a win in his first competitive home game since succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson, after a comfortable 1-4 opening day away victory to Swansea City. José Mourinho was planning a third successive league match win since returning to Chelsea and the dice looked loaded for a thrilling encounter at Old Trafford. Sadly it wasn’t

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