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Branislav Ivanovic | Defensemen

Team: Chelsea
Age / DOB:  (30) / 2/22/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 190

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Branislav Ivanovic was sent off in Chelsea's 1-1 draw against Manchester United for clipping Angel di Maria's heel.
Ivanovic received his second yellow after clipping Di Maria down the flank in the final moments of the match. The ensuring free-kick resulted in a scramble in the box which ended with a Robin van Persie goal. The decision to send off Ivanovic was slightly controversial but the video in the link below shows that he did indeed clip Di Maria's heel. Ivanovic will only miss one match since the red was a result of a second yellow and since Cesar Azpilicueta is also suspended, we expect Chelsea to utilize Kurt Zouma or Nathan Ake at right-back next week. Sun, Oct 26, 2014 02:32:00 PM

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Branislav Ivanovic is tipped to perform well for Chelsea against Manchester United.

Manchester United appear unable to defend at the moment, particularity at set-pieces, and Ivanovic is one of the most dangerous players in the opposition's box. The defender is pricey, but a goal is very possible and you know he'll give 100% for the Chelsea cause. An excellent pick for Week 9 if you can afford him.
Fri, Oct 24, 2014 04:55:00 AM

Branislav Ivanovic was as solid as ever in Chelsea's 3-1 win over Burnley today.

Ivanovic topped his performance with a goal when he finished a Cesc Fabregas corner with ease. He was also solid on defense, as Chelsea only allowed one goal on a John Terry mistake early in the first half. The Blues did look a little suspect on defense at times but Mourinho has proven his ability to organize a defense well and all major pieces from the Premier League's best defensive unit are still at Stamford Bridge. Ivanovic looks like a solid fantasy choice once again this year.
Mon, Aug 18, 2014 11:27:00 PM

Branislav Ivanovic scored Serbia's lone goal in a 1-1 draw against Panama.

Neither team is playing in the World Cup this summer so neither squad was too motivated for this match. The Chelsea defender stood out and scored the goal for Serbia. Premier League stars Aleksander Kolarov and Nemanja Matic also started for Serbia. Gabriel Gómez was the scorer for Panama and Carlos Rodríguez was sent off for a second yellow card.
Source: Sky Sports
Sun, Jun 1, 2014 05:42:00 PM

Branislav Ivanovic is suspended for Chelsea's Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid.

Ivanovic will sit this one out and get a break he probably needs. The Serbian has played in a total of 46 matches this season: 33 in the Premier League, 2 in the FA Cup, and 11 in European competitions. David Luiz or Ashley cole will replace him in the starting lineup. Ivanovic will be ready to return to action over the weekend but is not a great fantasy choice as Chelsea travel to Anfield to face red hot Liverpool.
Source: DailyStar
Mon, Apr 21, 2014 02:05:00 PM

Chelsea went up a goal shortly before halftime against West Brom on Tuesday, but a late equalizer left Jose Mourinho's side stunned.

Everything seemed to be going according to plan. Chelsea were up a goal and looked poised to record their fourth straight clean sheet until a 87th minute header from Victor Anichebe tied things up at one a piece. The Blues were well on their way to recording its eighth clean sheet in the teams' last 11 games, but the persistence from West Brom and the support of its fans was just too much. Chelsea drop to 6-4-3 in away fixtures, but still remain atop the Barclays Premier League table with 57 points. Their next game is at home against Everton on February 22.
Source: NBC Sports
Wed, Feb 12, 2014 12:32:00 AM

Chelsea made a huge statement by handing Manchester City their first loss at home this season with a nervy 0-1 victory, thanks to a goal scored by Branislav Ivanovic.

Jose Mourinho had a defensive approach in mind, going with just three pure attacking players and the final scoreline was exactly what he had in mind. Chelsea were able to expose the City defense on counter attacks, and shortly after the half hour mark, a Ramires shot was blocked by Vincent Kompany into the path of Ivanovic, and he took a left footed strike that scorched the back of the net. City's attempts to level in the second half were thwarted time and again, with fine work from the entire back line. Ivanovic had the big day in fantasy terms, but any Chelsea defender is looking attractive after shutting down the most prolific home scoring team in the league.
Mon, Feb 3, 2014 05:08:00 PM

Branislav Ivanovic returned early from the knee injury he suffered against Liverpool and he is in the starting XI against Manchester United.

Ivanovic's return pushed Cesar Azpilicueta back to the left-back spot and sent Ashley Cole to the bench. The Serbian looks healthy on the field and you can feel free to use him as you normally would.
Source: Sky Sports
Sun, Jan 19, 2014 11:31:00 AM

Branislav Ivanovic's injury is more serious than initially expected and the Serbian defender will be out until the end of January.

Ivanovic first suffered the knee injury during Chelsea's 2-1 win over Liverpool but the injury was considered minor and he wasn't expected to miss much time if any. The prognosis has changed slightly and he is now expected to miss Manchester United's visit on January 19th. Chelsea's next Premier League game after that is January 29th against West Ham. Cesar Azpilicueta and Ashley Cole should handle left-back and right-back duties in his absence.
Fri, Jan 3, 2014 01:11:00 PM

Branislav Ivanovic's injury is not serious and the Chelsea defender shouldn't miss much time if any.

Chelsea could be cautious and rest Ivanovic on New Years Day because they have the option to play Cesar Azpilicueta and Ashley Cole at right-back and left-back respectively. Don't use Ivanovic against Southampton unless you have confirmation that he'll be active.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 02:53:00 PM

Branislav Ivanovic will return to Chelsea's starting lineup after missing the club's last game due to a one game suspension because of accumulated yellow cards.

Chelsea face a tough game against Arsenal but Ivanovic always plays his best in big games and I wouldn't be surprised to see him or John Terry score an important goal in this one. Now rested, Ivanovic is one of the few Chelsea players that could end up playing all four games between today and New Years Day.
Source: Sky Sports
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 12:35:00 PM

Branislav Ivanovic scored a fantastic header on a cross from Frank Lampard to put Chelsea up 2-1 with the final score of the game.

Ivanovic had enjoyed a nice amount of goals lately as he also scored a header to win Chelsea the Europa League in overtime at the end of the last season. He is a great aerial threat and with Chelsea's stellar defense, he is a great source of points. Ivanovic was given a yellow card, but some would argue it deserved a red, so he can consider himself lucky to finish the game.
Source: Dailystar
Wed, Aug 21, 2013 07:08:00 PM

Jose Mourinho made it clear that Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic is to remain at the club next year in any circumstance.

There have been rumors about Ivanovic joining PSG but Mourinho has put this rumor to rest. Chelsea need good defenders and there is no way they will let one of their best guys leave. Ivanovic scores goals often for a defender and with Chelsea's clean sheet record, he makes a great fantasy pick.
Wed, Jul 17, 2013 11:28:00 PM