Chelsea were all conquering in the Premier League last season.
The Blues won the league with the highest number of wins ever recorded in the competition which is made all the more remarkable by the fact that it was Antonio Conte’s first job in English football.
The Italian is undoubtedly a huge asset to the Premier League but his happy demeanour from the end of last season has vanished in the lead up to the new campaign.
Despite spending big money on Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger, Conte has publicly criticised the club’s transfer dealings over the season. He has already lost Nemanja Matic to Man Utd and it’s clear that Diego Costa is not going to play for the Blues again.
A lack of first team players and a host of injuries leaves Chelsea looking very light ahead of their opening game against Burnley. They should get off to a winning start but beyond that they’ve got some tricky fixtures and we all saw what happened to Jose Mourinho when he suffered a slow start two years ago.
Chelsea fans believe that things are different this time around and they still have one of, if not the, strongest first team in the division. But, with the added demands of the Champions League to deal with, defending the title would be a significantly bigger achievement than winning it last year was.
- Thibaut Courtois
- Willy Caballero
- Antonio Rudiger
- Marcos Alonso
- Baba Rahman
- Gary Cahill
- Cesar Azpilicueta
- David Luiz
- Andrea Christensen
- Fikayo Tomori
- Cesc Fabregas
- N’Golo Kante
- Tiemoue Bakayoko
- Charly Musonda
- Eden Hazard
- Victor Moses
- Loic Remy
- Alvaro Morata
- Diego Costa
- Michy Batshuayi
Chelsea are second favourites behind Man City to win the title with the bookies. They’ve still got a great deal of quality and the rest of the Premier League is fearful of Chelsea given what they achieved last season but even so you’d want a bigger price than the 7/2 Betfred are quoting on them winning the league.
It’s highly unlikely to go as badly wrong for Chelsea as it did towards the end of Mourinho’s time at the club even if they don’t win the title. The Blues are near certainties for the top four and they could well end the season with the bragging rights in the capital.
Best Bets for the Season
Chelsea to finish in the top four at 4/9 with Sportingbet
Chelsea to be the top London club at evens with Sky Bet
Eden Hazard to be Chelsea’s top goalscorer at 3/1 with Coral