With multi million pound takeovers a regular occurrence these days in the Premier League, Chelsea no longer stand out from the crowd when it comes to splashing the cash. But with 3 league titles and numerous cups in Roman Abramovich’s trophy cabinet, no one can really beat The Blues when it comes to dealing with the pressures that come with the rich club title.
It is no secret to those placing free bets that Chelsea’s form has suffered in recent weeks and this is down; in no small part to injuries to key players. Injuries to Alex & John Terry have left a big hole in the centre of defence, whilst the engine room of the Chelsea midfield has been weakened by the absence of Frank Lampard for the majority of the season so far.
Amidst all of this was the surprise sacking of Ray Wilkins; who was axed from his Assistant manager’s role just under a month ago, casting a shadow of doubt over the relationships behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge. As Chelsea so often do, they came out defiantly, reassuring fans that Ancelotti was staying on as manager and that Wilkins’s sacking was just to freshen things up, as they look to defend their Premier League title.
Despite these injuries to key players, behind the scenes issues and Chelsea’s subsequent lack of form, the Blues still find themselves 2nd in the Premier League table just 2 points behind Manchester United and with the same goal difference.
Chelsea have looked devastating going forward so far this season; in fact they have scored 4 goals in no fewer than 5 games in all competitions. The form and goals of Florent Malouda in particular has been a huge boost for Chelsea. After a quiet first 18 months at the bridge, Malouda is excelling himself this season and finally seems to be fulfilling his potential. Along with the goals from Anelka, Drogba and Kalou, the void that has been left by Lampard hasn’t seen the side suffer so much.
The form of the Blues in Europe has been another plus point for tote betting pundits backing them this season, with Chelsea winning all 5 of their games so far in the competition; a feat which no other club has managed to achieve. They have come through tough away ties in freezing temperatures against Zilina & Spartak Moscow with comprehensive wins and have looked comfortable and assured at home, just as they always do. Now only Marseille stand between them and maximum points from the group stage, making them probably the most feared side going into the knockout phase.
With Lampard and Terry looking to get back to full fitness and back into the team in the coming weeks, the Chelsea side will be back at full strength for the busy Christmas period. This will make them a very strong outfit; and with United & Arsenal to play over this period Chelsea can take a commanding lead in the race for the Premier League title.