Chelsea have started the season slower than the clapped out Fiat Panda you picked up as a spotty-faced 17-year-old. The 2-2 draw to Newcastle on Saturday night could, and arguably deserved to end in defeat, and it will not be what Jose Mourinho will have wanted before the his return to Porto in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Four wins in all competitions this season makes for painful viewing if you’re a fan of the reigning Premier League champions. Not quite as painful as watching the latest series of Mrs Brown’s Boys, but still painful enough to make an away trip to Porto about as appealing as a four-hour car journey in that old Panda, with Mark Lawrenson in the passenger seat.
We dug through the last 10 years of Chelsea’s Champions League group stage stats to see how they have fared since Jose Mourinho first swaggered onto the scene. Rather unsurprisingly their home form is impressive. They are tantalizingly close to averaging three wins in every four games, with a 72.7 per cent win percentage. Away from Stamford Bridge however, they aren’t as convincing however. A mere 15 wins from 33 away games results in a measly 45 per cent win ratio.
Chelsea have played Porto six times since 2004/05 and have won on four occasions with a sole Porto win and one draw. Odds of for Chelsea may be a tad skinny, but with five of their 15 away wins finishing 1-0, a correct score punt offers a little bit of juicy value.
Porto are unbeaten in the Primeira Liga this season, but that league is as competitive as pitting a bear against a binbag of cuddly toys. A 3-1 win against Bayern Munich was the highlight for the Portuguese men last season, but a win against Chelsea this season would be just as sweet. Jesus Manuel Corona has three goals from three games and the odds of first goalscorer for the young midfielder looks like a potential punt to pay for his namesake drink you could end up toasting after the game.
For those of you who think Chelsea will pull themselves out of a slump similar to Britney Spears circa 2007, Pedro has played 61 games and scored 15 goals. That’s a goal nearly ever four games and proof that he knows how to find the onion bag. A shout to score anytime looks like an appealing punt as the Pensioners aim to make it two wins on the spin in Europe.