Chelsea’s forwards have started this season as they finished the last, scoring freely. Drogba, Kalou and Malouda have all had electric starts to the new season, as well as Nicolas Anelka. The Frenchman scored the seventh goal of his season as Chelsea beat Marseilles in the Champions League this week. After such a turbulent summer with the national team, Anelka was booed by the travelling Marseilles fans, who saw their side go down 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Anelka has had to learn how to handle abuse from opposition fans throughout his career and showed his coolness by scoring Chelsea’s second goal against Marseilles, with a 27th minute penalty. The goal was an important one for Anelka, who has been heavily criticised in his homeland for his behaviour during the summer. Since receiving his ban from the French FA, Anelka has decided to retire from the international scene. This will only benefit Chelsea, who will have the striker’s full focus and the Betfair Football predictions suggest he will do well this season.
Anelka had another good season for Chelsea last year, scoring 15 goals in all competitions. It was only half the tally the striker scored in the previous season, but Anelka’s form resulted in a lot of goals for his team-mates. One more goal and Anelka will pass the half-century mark for Chelsea, since signing from Bolton at the beginning of 2008.
The 31-year old-has been urged by his captain John Terry, to finish his career with the London club.
“Nicolas has stressed before how much he loves the club,” Terry said. “The fans love him, the players love him. We would love him to stay here for years to come.”
Anelka signed a one-year contract extension before the season started, tying him to the club till the summer of 2012.
With Anelka, Drogba, Malouda and Kalou forming one of the most lethal attacking threats in world football, the sky really is the limit for Chelsea this season. After achieving the double last season, Carlo Ancelotti’s men will be looking at adding the Champions League trophy to the list this year. On current form, they certainly look capable of matching Manchester United’s treble winning team of 1999.
Meanwhile, the Portsmouth betting suggests the side will not returning to the Premier League any time soon.
The club are still struggling with financial problems and have one of the thinnest squads around.