Chelsea underwent a summer of change, with Antonio Conte replaced by new boss Maurizio
Sarri who joined from Italian Serie A big-guns Napoli in July.
His reign didn’t start the way he had hoped, with the Blues beaten 2-0 by Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley.
The Londoners have hit the ground running in the Premier League, however, as they aim to
improve on last season’s bitterly disappointing fifth-place finish.
At least one year dealt out of the Champions League riches is a catastrophe for a club of Chelsea’s size but they’ll be planning to use the extra time on their schedule to put pressure on defending champions Man City.
— Today’s Footy News ⚽ (@TodaysFootyNews) August 14, 2018
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All eyes were on Kirklees Stadium to see how Sarri’s side would line-up and fans were
pleasantly surprised to watch their heroes record a comfortable 3-0 win over a stubborn
Huddersfield on week one of the schedule.
The opening goal of the campaign came from an unlikely source, a volley from N’Golo Kante breaking the deadlock on 34 minutes and new signing Jorginho netted a debut goal
from the penalty spot before the break, Marcos Alonso fouled in the box by Christopher Schindler.
Easy street and by the time Pedro added a third 10 minutes from the end the game was long since over as a contest.
The final match stats showed the victors finished with 63% of the overall possession and 13
shots at goal. They managed to put just four of those on target – something for the coaching
staff to work on at their Surrey training base – but three of those four did hit the back of the net.
Despite a show of dominance from beginning to end, Sarri told the media at full-time it could
take his side anything up to two months before we see their full potential. That may have had
a few fans scratching their head, but it also got them excited for the future.
— The Blues (@TheBlues___) August 12, 2018
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Chelsea have won the Premier League title six times, first in 1955, and they have been hugely
successful in recent seasons, clinching the top prize in English football three times in the last
eight years – 2010, 2015 and 2017. Will 2019 be the year they add another medal?
The betting doesn’t think so and traders at Betfair have win number seven priced at 14/1 in
the outright Premiership betting.
Such big odds is sure to attract the attention of club fans and punters on the lookout for value, eager to oppose Man City’s odds-on price with something a bit more interesting.
If Chelsea don’t win the league this season the board will demand a quick-fire return to the
top-four and that seems more likely.
Qualification for the Champions League through a Premier League finish is 4/7 and that places them third in the pile behind The Cityzens and Liverpool who have been priced as close to guarantees as you’re likely to find at this early stage of the season.