Following an indifferent start to the season, Chelsea have now won their last four matches in all competitions, including a fine 4-1 success against Southampton at St Mary’s over the weekend. The blues have risen to fifth in the Premier League standings as a result, with fans in West London having every reason to be optimistic, especially given their upcoming fixtures.
The management duo of former Chelsea players Frank Lampard and Jody Morris are clearly having an impact on the team, with the introduction of youngsters including Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori having turned their fortunes around. A top 4 challenge is seen as a realistic aim for the Blues, with their threat in the final third making them a match for any top-flight team.
Chelsea are the third-highest scorers in the league, behind both Manchester City and Liverpool, with Abraham having found the back of the net eight times from the same number of matches. Abraham and Mount clearly benefited from their loan spells in the Championship last season, with their form meaning that the likes of Olivier Giroud and Ross Barkley have been forced to settle for places on the bench more often than not.
With Champions League and Carabao Cup matches meaning that Chelsea have a jam-packed schedule over the coming weeks, Lampard and Co will be pleased with the fact that they do not face any of the Premier League “big boys” in between, with encounters with Newcastle, Burnley and Watford providing plenty of potential for more points, which could well see the Blues sitting pretty by the time November rolls around.
Those looking to back Chelsea to finish inside the top four come the end of the season should check out the best apps for football betting, with the confidence at Stamford Bridge potentially being bad news for London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham, who will also have their eyes on a place in next season’s Champions League.
Abraham, Mount, Tomori and Barkley will be hoping to be involved for England over the coming days, with the Three Lions currently preparing for qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria. Striker Abraham appears to have committed his future to England, despite having not played for senior team since back in 2017, with the 22-year-old set to make his competitive debut for Gareth Southgate’s side this week.
The call-ups at international level of some of Chelsea’s most promising youngsters is yet another positive for the Blues, who now have a clear identity following years of uncertainty under the likes of Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri. It remains to be seen as to just how far this new look Chelsea side can go, however fans at Stamford Bridge are certainly enjoying the ride.