Chelsea fans will have been relieved to see the international break arrive, as it took the spotlight off Jose Mourinho and co. For a week at least. But as the weekend creeps ever closer, attention once again turns to the Champions’ demise.
In case you needed reminding, the Pensioners sit in 16th place in the league, just three points clear of relegation and a whopping 15 points off Manchester City at the top of the table. Chelsea have won just three times this season – Arsenal, West Brom and Aston Villa the only sides to have suffered defeat at Mourinho’s hands.
That means in the other nine weeks of Premier League action, Chelsea have fallen apart quicker than a contestant on I’m A Celebrity. It’s been bad for Chelsea fans, but it’s been even worse for punters.
Loyal punters backing Chelsea every week would be down almost £70 if they’d stuck a tenner on each time. Stoke (A), West Ham (A) and Southampton (H) all looked like prime opportunities to turn the tide in the last six weeks, yet Chelsea have continued to amaze in defeat. They’ve won just one of the last six league games and punters who back them are suffering.
If you’re backing against Chelsea however, then the drinks are on you because you’re in clover. A £10 bet on each of Chelsea’s 12 opponents this year would see you more than £175 up and well set up for Christmas, as you’d have won seven times already this year. Crystal Palace where the most profitable to back – pocketing punters £66.50 off a £10 bet when when they beat Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in August at 13/2.
If you’d been psychic enough to back the seven teams Chelsea had lost against in a £10 rolling accumulator, you’d be up a whopping £161.5k. Manchester City (A), Crystal Palace (H), Everton (A), Southampton (H), West Ham (A), Liverpool (H), and Stoke (A) have all come out on top this year.
So what does this mean going into the weekend?
Well firstly it might be wise leaving Chelsea out of your football accumulators and looking for another home banker. Jose Mourinho’s side may be favourites at home to struggling Norwich, but they’re difficult to trust in their current form and there are more likely odds-on shots throughout Saturday’s games.
In the last 20 years Chelsea and Norwich have faced off 11 times, with Chelsea winning eight and the other three ending all square. The Canaries haven’t beaten Chelsea in the league since December 1994 when they won 3-0 – so despite some recent improvement in their performances, notably in the defeat away to Man City and the home win against Swansea – it’s hard to see them winning at . It’ll be curtains for Mourinho for sure if Norwich can repeat the 3-0 hammering of 1994 at .
A draw may tempt punters in at , while neither side has failed to score so far this season, so the 1-1 draw at catches the eye. Whatever happens this weekend, it’s been an expensive few months so far for loyal Chelsea backers, and Christmas come early for anyone opposing them.