The latest odds from Oddschecker have Chelsea priced at a massive 8/1 to retain their title after the opening day defeat at home to Burnley.
Is this an overreaction from the bookies or is it genuinely a distant prospect that Conte’s side could keep hold of the Premiership crown this season?
We have a look at the pros and cons behind backing Chelsea for the title this season.
The Pros – Why it might prove to be a great bit of value
- There is still plenty of time
A great team doesn’t become a bad team overnight, despite what the media might want you to think. One bad result does not wreck a season and Chelsea have 37 games to bounce back – so plenty of time in other words.
- The new signings will bring quality
The new signings may take a bit of time to bed in but they bring undoubted quality. Morata is already off to a good start and looks to be the world class striker fans were promised.
Meanwhile Bakayoko should bring strength to the midfield alongside Kante and Rudiger has the qualities to sure up the defence.
- There may be new signings
Although the new signings have strengthened the squad, that doesn’t mean business is finished for the Summer. New recruits may well be brought in, particularly in light of the Burnley result.
With names such as Belotti, Cedric Soares, Rose and others being touted in the press, expect some new faces to arrive before the window closes.
- Remember last season
Chelsea also made a slow start last season, winning only 3 of the first 6 games. We all know what happened then…13 wins in a row and the title was eventually won at a canter by 7 points and with games to spare.
The Cons – A Tougher Task This Time
- Our rivals have strengthened
The biggest obstacle to retaining the title this season will be the stiffer challenge presented by our rivals. City will undoubtedly be stronger having brought in Walker, Mendy and Danilo for a combined £121m and other signings may follow.
United looked dangerously efficient in taking apart West Ham thanks to new recruit Lukaku and Arsenal and Spurs also got off to winning starts.
- The stats are against us
Only one side has won the Premier League title after losing their opening game of the season – that was Man Utd in the 95/96 season, losing to Aston Villa 3-1 on the opening day and promoting Alan Hansen to famously say “you win nothing with kids.”
- The Disruption of Costa
The ongoing Diego Costa saga is a distraction for the team and is one we could do without. The Spaniard has never been easy to manage but is a world class player on his day, so the sooner things are brought to a head either way the better.
So there you have it, a good deal of pros and cons to weigh up if you are considering having a wager on Chelsea to win the Premier League again.
Trying to predict these things is never easy and even with a guide on how to win football bets, you simply can’t tell for sure how any punt is going to turn out.
Hopefully though in a few weeks’ time that 8/1 about the Blues winning the title again will look like a great piece of value if we have a few wins under our belt by then.