FOUNDATION LOTTERY JACKPOT FINALISTS TO BE DRAWN THIS WEEKEND

Members of the Chelsea Foundation Lottery should keep their eyes on the big screens during half-time when the Blues host Newcastle this weekend.

There will be a video clip of John Terry drawing 10 finalists for the Lottery’s jackpot prize, which will see £20,000 shared between 10 finalists.

So, make sure you keep your eyes peeled in case you’re one of the lucky members who will go through for a chance to win the top prize of £10,000.

Terry presses the button to draw 10 finalists at random. The lucky finalists will then go through for a chance to win the top cash prize. Every member who has paid membership between week one and week 52 of the lottery year will be included in the draw. Full details of the draw rules are available from the lottery office.

If you’re not attending tomorrow’s game then don’t despair, the video will also be uploaded onto the official Chelsea website next week.

The lucky finalists will be invited to attend the Stoke City game on Saturday 22 September to take part in a live draw before kick-off. There will be no losers on the day as each finalist will win one of the following prizes:

1st Prize £10,000
2nd Prize £5,000
3rd Prize £2,500
4th Prize £1,250
5th Prize £675
6th Prize £200
7th Prize £150
8th Prize £100
9th Prize £75
10th Prize £50

The Chelsea Foundation Lottery helps raise vital funds for the Chelsea Foundation, which uses the power of football to provide programmes and induce positive changes in peoples’ lives and their communities, address inequalities in society and boost health and fitness.

If you’re not already a member, you can sign up to the Chelsea Foundation Lottery now by clicking here and downloading an application form or by calling 0207 915 2996.

And if you are already a member, then why not recommend a friend and earn yourself £25!

CAHILL CONFIDENT

Gary Cahill, scorer of Chelsea’s equaliser against Reading, believed the team would go on to win the game once he had netted that second goal.

It looked to be plain sailing in the early stages against the newly promoted side with a goal advantage thanks to Frank Lampard’s penalty and possession being dominated, but Reading came back strongly and it was not until 69 minutes that Cahill’s long-range strike brought the teams level.

‘It certainly felt as if we were pushing hard and creating and there were some great individual performances so I felt it was coming,’ said the England centre-back after the game.

‘But you keep looking at the clock and time is ticking so it was great I managed to get the equaliser and I was confident we were going to go on from there.

‘The first 10 to 15 minutes we dominated and it was disappointing that the game was turned on its head and we went 2-1 down, but the character we have in the squad meant I hoped it was a matter of time before we got back in front.

‘Great credit to Reading, they were direct at times, worked hard and played some good stuff and made it hard for us, but it was nothing we weren’t expecting.’

Cahill praised the quality of the cross and then the header from Pavel Pogrebnyak that brought Reading level but admitted he should have been closer to the Russian centre-forward. He was therefore especially happy to atone with his goal, even if it was aided by a mistake from Reading keeper Adam Federici.

‘I thought maybe he was going to push it round but it just pitched before him so it was difficult and thankfully it made its way in,’ says Cahill, whose goal was followed by strikes from Fernando Torres and Branislav Ivanovic.

‘It is fantastic for Fernando because he has two goals now and is up and running. He has started the season well with goals and long may it continue, and our right-back has popped up with two goals this season too!

‘I also thought Eden Hazard was fantastic, really special. He did well against Wigan and I thought against Reading he was amazing.’

FINAL WHISTLE THOUGHTS: FINISHING STRONGLY

Roberto Di Matteo felt his side were worthy of all three points despite a prolonged scare from an impressive Reading side at Stamford Bridge.

We took an early lead through a Frank Lampard penalty after Eden Hazard was fouled inside the box, but the Royals hit back quickly with two goals in five minutes to take an unlikely lead, only for the Blues to regroup in the second half as Gary Cahill equalised, Fernando Torres equalised and Branislav Ivanovic swept home a killer fourth in injury time.

On his side’s performance

‘I think we are very pleased with six points after two games. I was very happy with the team performance for long periods of the game. We lost our flow after Reading scored their equaliser and second goal, but apart from that, very good, and we finished very strongly again.

‘Keeping in mind that we’ve played a game more than other teams, for us it’s good we’ve won our two opening games. Wigan away and this game against a promoted team was a tough game, as you could see tonight, and credit to Reading.

‘The way we started the game was very enjoyable. Our crowd went a bit quiet when Reading equalised but again at the end they pushed us on and showed how good they are.

‘I don’t know if we will stay at the top but we are taking it game by game and will enjoy tonight’s victory. Then tomorrow morning we will think about the next game.’

On our third goal, which looked offside

‘I haven’t seen it yet. I looked straight away at the linesman and he didn’t look in any doubt, so I cannot comment.’

On defensive weaknesses

‘The second goal was just a mistake and the first was a great goal. The defender was close to him but he got the header and it was a great goal.

‘We were very offensive in the second half and lost our balance a bit but had to take the risk.

‘I would like to think we are defensively quite good, we had a clean sheet on the first day, reading did well tonight but we’ve scored six goals in two games. We have to try and be solid to win more games.’

On David Luiz’s fitness

‘We expect David Luiz to be available for Saturday, it’s a minor knee issue.’

On Eden Hazard, who once again showed his creativity

‘He certainly had an impact on our team, and with Juan Mata as well he linked up very well. He is finding his feet very quickly.’

Reading manager Brian McDermott was pleased by his side’s performance, and admitted he was upset that our third goal was allowed to stand.

‘We didn’t deserve to lose the game. I’m gutted, the linesman has got the decision wrong for the third goal. My gut feeling was it was offside at the time, and it was clearly offside which is disappointing. It’s unfortunate.’

MATCH REPORT: CHELSEA 4 READING 2

Summary
It needed late goals from Fernando Torres and Branislav Ivanovic to seal victory and make it two wins out of two after Chelsea overcame a first-half wobble that gave Reading a lead at the interval.

As at Wigan, the football at times oozed promise for the season to come with Eden Hazard again impressing. It was another foul on the Belgian that allowed Frank Lampard to give his side an early lead from the penalty spot as Chelsea dominated, but two goals in four minutes from the newly promoted side, the second helped in by a Petr Cech error, knocked Roberto Di Matteo’s side of its stride.

The manager made some positive changes in the second half and it was another England player, Gary Cahill, who put his name on the scoresheet to level the game as time began to run short.

In the end it was two tap-ins that decided the day, the first after a short-passing move, the second after a counter-attack.

Chelsea v Reading


Team news
Ramires had recovered from the illness that kept him out at Wigan so Ryan Bertrand made way with Juan Mata moving to the left. Eden Hazard again played in a more central role. David Luiz had a knee injury so Gary Cahill came in.

Reading left out weekend goalscorer Adam Le Fronde and played Pavel Pogrebnyak on his own up front with Danny Guthrie in behind. Jem Karacan and Gareth McClearly came into midfield.


First half
It was Eden Hazard rather than Branislav Ivanovic who had a chance to score inside two minutes on this occasion (although the Serbian had attacked even earlier in this game) but played through by a well-weighted Mata pass, the new signing dragged a left-foot shot wide of the right-hand post.

Chelsea v Reading

A sharp-looking Chelsea continued to find ways through the middle of the Reading team and when Ramires raced ahead onto an Ivanovic ball, he opted to cut inside centre-back Kaspers Gorkss which meant a left-foot shot from the Brazilian. That was saved.

Reading couldn’t get the ball. On 12 minutes there was the first flash from Torres, nutmegging Karakan to find a way into the area but as he was poised to shoot, Gorkss managed a sliding block.

On 16 minutes Hazard won his second penalty in a Chelsea shirt, this time teasing Chris Gunter with close control until the right-back lunged in. There were no complaints when the whistle blew. Lampard drilled the ball into the bottom left-hand corner for his 188th Chelsea goal.

Pavel Pogrebnyak may have been scoring just his first for his new club six minutes later but it was the goal of the game. McCleary was allowed to cross from the Reading right and the tall Russian guided a header from distance over the top of Cech who had no chance, unlike four minutes later when the newly-promoted visitors took the lead.

Although our keeper got his body well behind Guthrie’s low free-kick, he failed to take the energy out of the ball and it bounced off him and in. From a totally dominant position, the Blues were 2-1 behind and suddenly character was as important as the crisp passing of the opening minutes. Mikel had to dispossess a Reading attack inside the Chelsea area as the Blues were stretched again.

Terry headed a Mata free-kick over as the home side tried to wrestle the initiative back and Mikel did well to attack a tight space down the flank and pick out Hazard, whose shot from distance was off-target. But Reading had renewed belief and Cahill cleared well as Pogrebnyak threatened to get on the end of another cross. Pearce was worryingly close to heading a free-kick into Cech’s net just before half time.

In stoppage time, Hazard floated a cross towards Torres who though well-marked reached it but headed disappointingly wide.


Second half
Before two minutes were played Ivanovic speared a first-time shot over after Hazard and Torres ran at the Reading rearguard, and there the attempts on goal ended for the next 10 minutes although Chelsea were monopolising possession once more.

Oscar came on for Ramires with 56 minutes gone, the first change of the game, followed closely by the first booking which went to Reading midfielder Karacan for chopping Mata in the centre-circle.

Oscar, playing the centre with Hazard now left and Mata right, drilled in a shot but it was tame.

On 66 minutes, the new Brazilian and Hazard, who continued to draw fouls and looked the man-most-likely, combined through the centre. Torres took possession wide and when his cross was cleared, it fell to Mata to shoot but there was a Reading block.

Mikel was sacrificed for Sturridge with a quarter of the game to play, the England striker playing wide on the right, but the equaliser came from a defender. Cahill spotted a space opening in front of him and fairly demanded the ball.

Taking aim, his shot was low, hard and swerving but Federici should still have made a more convincing effort at keeping it out. The Reading keeper has not started this Premier League campaign at all well following a howler on Saturday.

Mata and Sturridge both scooped shots over as the Blues searched for a winner and Mata then shot low but wide.

There were 10 minutes remaining when the pressure finally told. Mata was this time at the fulcrum of the attack, spreading his pass out to Cole who as Torres held his run in an attempt to stay level with the ball, centred low into the six-yard box where our no.9 tapped it home. His had been a patchy second-half performance, but his league scoring was underway for the season.

Chelsea v Reading

Reading tried valiantly to rescue a point in the closing stages and with seconds left had a free-kick deflected just wide. Goalkeeper Federici came up for it but as Chelsea won the ball, we found the right man in Hazard to carry it the length of the pitch and give Ivanovic the chance for his second goal of the season.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Cole; Mikel (Sturridge 67), Lampard; Ramires (Oscar 57), Hazard, Mata (Meireles 84); Torres.
Unused subs Turnbull, Bertrand, Essien, Romeu.
Scorers Lampard pen 18,Cahill 68, Torres 80, Ivanovic 90+5.

Reading (4-4-1-1): Federici; Gunter, Pearce, Gorkss, Harte; McCleary (Robson-Kanu 85), Karacan (Le Fondre 71), Leigertwood, McAnuff (c); Guthrie; Pogrebnyak (Hunt 77).
Unused subs Tabb, Mariappa, McCarthy, Cummings.
Scorers Pogrebnyak 24, Guthrie 28.
Booked Karacan 57, Pogrebnyak 64.

Referee Lee Mason
Crowd 41,733

See the game from midnight on Chelsea TV.

TEAM NEWS: CHELSEA V READING

There are two changes to the side that beat Wigan.

Gary Cahill comes in for injured David Luiz and Ramires returns from illness with Ryan Bertrand making way. Juan Mata is expected to move to the left. Oscar is again on the bench.

Reading too make two changes. Jem Karacan comes into midfield with Hal Robson-Kanu making way. Striker Adam Le Fondre is dropped with Garath McCleary added to the team.

Chelsea are expected to line up in the following 4-2-3-1 formation:

1 Petr Cech
2 Branislav Ivanovic
24 Gary Cahill
26 John Terry (c)
3 Ashley Cole
12 John Mikel Obi
8 Frank Lampard
7 Ramires
17 Eden Hazard
10 Juan Mata
9 Fernando Torres

Substitutes: 22 Ross Turnbull, 34 Ryan Bertrand, 5 Michael Essien, 6 Oriol Romeu, 16 Raul Meireles, 11 Oscar, 23 Daniel Sturridge.

Reading are expected to line up in the following 4-5-1 formation:

Federici; Gunter, Pearce, Gorkss, Harte; McAnuff (c), Guthrie, Karacan, Leigertwood, McCleary; Pogrebnyak.

Subs: Tabb, Mariappa, Robson-Kanu, Hunt, McCarthy, Cummings, Le Fondre.

The referee is Lee Mason.

Follow the game via our Live Matches from 7.15pm.