After just 3 matches of the Premier League season – and on the back of their impressive demolition of Everton at Goodison Park yesterday – Chelsea already find themselves as odds on favourites to win this season’s Premier League title, with most bookies having them at 4/5 to 5/6.
Chelsea’s impressive start to the season has already seen talk of the Chelsea quadruple starting, with Paddy Power the only layer to price up this market so far.
They make the men from Stamford Bridge 150/1 to land the quadruple of Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and Capital One Cup, which I think it way too short. While to do the domestic treble, Chelsea are 100/1 with Paddy, which is a far more realistic price. If you haven’t already got a Paddy Power account, you can open one here and receive a £50.00 Free Bet.
As well as looking impressive beating Everton 6-3 yesterday, I do believe there are other considerations to take into account as to why they have gone odds on (for the Premier League) so early in the season.
Obviously Man City lost, giving Chelsea a 3 point advantage. Looking at the odds even at this early stage, and it’s already obvious that the bookies have it as a two horse race. Arsenal are currently third favourites, and they can be backed at 9/1.
I expect that favouritism between Chelsea and City will probably fluctuate all season, and unless someone else emerges from the pack with a serious run of form it is hard to see that changing.
Another reason why I believe Chelsea are odds on is because of changes to their squad. If they hadn’t been able to offload Fernando Torres, Chelsea might not have been able to add another striker to their stable, definitely not two.
Man City have four strikers to choose from, while Chelsea had Costa, an ageing Drogba and Torres. Now with the departure of Torres, Chelsea can add at least one new striker over the next day or two (before the transfer window closes).
Whether one of those will be Loic Remy, remains to be seen. If it is not Remy though, I’m sure it will be someone else of significant quality. And with Mourinho’s side fighting on four fronts this season, they will need at least one new face in the striking department.
If Chelsea add two world class strikers before the transfer window closes, their price will probably shorten even more.