A hectic few weeks lie ahead for Chelsea, but how will they fare in those competitions?
It has proven to be a tough winter for followers of Chelsea as they watched on in dismay as a lack of consistency undone the team’s good early season work. A drop off in results at Stamford Bridge coincided with champions Manchester City finding their feet before kicking on. Pep Guardiola’s men are now top of the league and pulling clear of the chasing pack. They are looking increasingly likely to make it two in a row, and if they were able to achieve that, it would be difficult to grudge them their moment in the sun.
Where does that leave Chelsea this season? They may not be out of the title race just yet, but their hopes are fading fast. Thomas Tuchel’s side looks on course to secure a Premier League top-four finish and spot in next season’s Champions League. But they have other competitions to juggle and look forward to challenging for the Club World Cup as Champions League winners, this season’s Champions League knockout stages, the EFL Cup final and the FA Cup.
A hectic few weeks lie ahead for Chelsea, but how will they fare in those competitions? That’s anyone’s guess at this time, but those making predictions may want to take their lead from the soccer betting. The leading betting apps offer odds on Chelsea winning each competition, but how likely are the Londoners to enjoy a trophy haul?
Of course, traders at the leading bookies don’t always get it right, but they are rarely wide of the mark. Many successful and professional football bettors find themselves either sticking close to the bookies or taking the market into consideration when making their selections. Let’s focus on each competition and the chances of Chelsea winning, according to the sportsbooks.
Manchester City is hot favourites to win the Premier League with Liverpool a distant second in the overall betting, ahead of Chelsea in third. Some bookies have already paid out on Man City successfully defending their crown, and these sites are confident they have made the right decision. Paying out on the title race early has famously blown up in the face of some betting giants. Still, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to see anyone but the Cityzens finishing in first place.
There’s a big price on Chelsea winning the league, but it’s unlikely to attract too much attention while the odds on them finishing in the top four are short and hardly worth backing. Unless you expect to see Man City collapse and Liverpool run out of steam, there’s little joy to be had in backing Chelsea in the Premier League markets.
Club World Cup
Chelsea, again, is flying the flag for England and Europe. They enter at the semi-final stage, where they will meet Al-Hilal for a place in the final. The bookies have Chelsea nailed on to win that match, and they are also a tiny price to end the tournament as champions of the world. Others in the running are Palmeiras and Al Ahly Cairo. If this tournament goes as planned, Chelsea will defeat Palmeiras in the final.
Man City lost in the final to Chelsea last season but are favourites to go one better this term. The Premier League champions have never won this trophy, despite spending millions in pursuit of glory. Bayern Munich is second in line ahead of Liverpool, with Chelsea in fourth. Another all-English final wouldn’t be a surprise, but the odds on Chelsea caught us off guard. If you fancy them to defend their European title, you will be encouraged by the current betting, which sits around the 8/1 mark. For a current champion, that’s also too good to turn down.
Chelsea and Liverpool will meet at Wembley Stadium in the final of the EFL Cup on Sunday 27th February, a few days after hosting Lille in the Champions League Round of 16. A competitive encounter is expected, as is always the case when the blues and reds clash. The current betting has Liverpool as favourites to win the match, with Chelsea difficult to ignore at around 2/1.
There’s still a long way to go in the FA Cup this season, but Chelsea remains in the hunt and will fancy their chances of finishing the domestic season on a high with another trip to Wembley. The FA Cup outright betting has Chelsea third in line at 6/1, behind Man City and Liverpool.
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