Analysing Chelsea’s title odds this season

It has been an unbelievable season so far, with every week throwing up at least a couple of extraordinary stories for us to relish. The meteoric rise of Leicester City and the incredible form of West Ham United, especially against the big sides, under new manager Slavan Bilic are just two examples of how unpredictable the Premier League has been this season.

The most shocking tale of them all has to be that of Chelsea. The Blues cantered to the title last season, leading the pack all the way through from Gameweek 3. With a serial winner in Jose Mourinho at the helm, surely they were set for a prolonged period of dominance, right?

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CHELSEA v Southampton: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 3 October
Kick-off: 17:30 BST

Here we go again, it’s Saturday, Chelsea are playing so it must be lottery time – or at least that’s how it feels because we just don’t know what to expect this season.
To say we’ve had a rubbish start to this season is totally understating it but just to confuse us even more, we threw in the sort of performance against Arsenal that completely led us up the garden path, believing we’d turned the proverbial corner – only to come out against Newcastle last weekend like a Sunday league side who’d spent their pre-match warm up in the nearest bar.
So what’s in store at home against Southampton today is anyone’s guess.

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Newcastle v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: St James’ Park
Date: Saturday, 26 September
Kick-off: 17:30 BST

After another solid performance midweek, this evening’s late game takes us to one of Jose Mourinho’s least favourite grounds with a trip to St James park.
To say Newcastle are on a bit of a poor run is probably being generous although until recently we weren’t doing any better, so we should keep in mind how quickly things can turn around. Since our bad spell, the last 3 games have yielded 3 wins and 10 goals with just one conceded.
Whilst Newcastle might be on a bad run, historically they’ve won their last three at home to us and this is one ground Jose Mourinho is yet to get a win at – let’s hope he breaks that duck today.

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CHELSEA v Arsenal: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 19 September
Kick-off: 12:45 BST

After a relatively comfortable 4-0 Champions League win midweek, it’s back to the bread and butter of the Premier League today – or should that be stale crusts and dripping given our recent performances?
After woefully inadequate games against Palace and Everton, Jose Mourinho rang the changes for our Champions League game, dropping Ivanovic, Terry, Matic and Costa. Fabregas somehow survived the cull and Willian’s early injury brought a reprieve for Diego Costa. But whilst both Cesc and Costa looked a little livelier than of late, it was the replacements who really made the difference. Oscar looked as inspired as Hazard looked jaded, Baba and Azpilicueta brought balance to our back line and Rubén Loftus-cheek showed us exactly what Chelsea have up their sleeve for the future.
That was the Champions League though and without wishing to be disrespectful, Maccabi are no Premier League side. Although Arsenal are and they also managed to lose in Europe midweek.
Let’s not get carried away though because Arsenal are the champions of pre-season and Wenger lifted a ridiculously long losing streak against Mourinho in the Charity Shield, so he’ll be up for it today. The fact he dropped Cech and took the loss in Europe midweek testifies to how much today’s game means to him.
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CHELSEA 4-0 Maccabi: Normal service resumed?

So finally we get a win again, albeit against Europe’s equivalent of Accrington Stanley but as the cliché goes – you can only beat what’s in front of you – and to be fair, 4-0 was a convincing win.

Jose rang the changes, dropping Ivanovic, JT, Matic and Costa to the bench and whether that was intended as chastisement for poor performances or with an eye on Arsenal at the weekend, it was effective.
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Mourinho Could Stop The Rot

Remember the famous Mourinho bus that used to park itself firmly in front of our goal? Well I’m not going to suggest the wheels have come off because it would actually be a bonus if that had happened, or at least if it happened in the right place on the pitch. No, as the weeks go by, it’s looking more like that bus has gone on a beano. It’s gone on its jollies, as far away from its day job as it can get – and Eva Carneiro might well be in the driving seat.
That’s not to say the Chelsea medic is to blame for everything that is wrong at Chelsea this season – although she’s certainly one of the apparent symptoms of Chelsea’s current malaise – the rumours surrounding her off duty exploits, along with the recent disciplinary sanctions however, would suggest she’s more than upset the apple cart. The question is, why has Jose Mourinho let it affect him and the rest of the Chelsea players so much? And why is this season all too reminiscent of past woes? Read more »

Chelsea Players We Can Expect to See at Euro 2016

With the majority of nations only having two games left to play before the end of the group stages of qualifying for Euro 2016, we’re getting a good picture of some of the countries that will and won’t be competing in France next summer.

England booked their spot at the tournament this past week, joined by Austria, the Czech Republic and Iceland as the four confirmed qualifiers. Many countries are close to confirming their spot in their penultimate or final game next month with only the Netherlands in a real spot of bother amongst the major nations.

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Everton v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: Goodison Park
Date: Saturday, 12 September
Kick-off: 12:45 BST

This fixture brought us an incredible 9 goals last season in a 6-3 win for us. But that was then, this is now and our most recent game in the league – at home to Palace – saw us deservedly beaten.

We were an absolute shambles in that game and we can look for positives as much as we want, the fact is, if we play like that against Everton today we’re in trouble.

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CHELSEA v Crystal Palace: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 29 August
Kick-off: 15:00 BST

Today is Jose Mourinho’s 100th Premier League home game in charge of Chelsea. He’s won 76 and lost just one of the previous 99, bizarre that he’s questioned quite so stringently the minute we drop points – he’s lost the grand total of one game at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League!
On to today’s game though, and it will be another tough one. However much Pardew bigs us up before games, he knows he does ok against us. Both games last season were narrow wins and we’ve yet to find any rhythm this season. Add to that Palace’s away record and we could be in for another scrap.

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West Brom v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: The Hawthorns
Date: Sunday, 23 August
Kick-off: 13:30 BST

Today’s game will be Mourinho’s 300th in charge of Chelsea, so in spite of our poor start to the season you’d have to think he’ll fare better than Villas Boas and Di Matteo did after defeats in this fixture. Not that Mourinho will be advocating our defence throws caution to the wind again this weekend though, after the lesson we took against City. Tony Pulis likewise, knows that feeling well so it’s likely to be a bit of a cautious affair and we won’t be expecting any bulldozing from either side.

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