2018/19 Season – What the Bookies Think of Chelsea’s Chances
Chelsea face a crucial summer in terms of recruitment as the London club look to force their way back into the Premier League top four and challenge for major honours. Last season’s fifth-place finish means there will be at least one campaign at Stamford Bridge without Champions League football.
That’ll be tough to take for both fans and board members but it could allow the Blues a chance to focus their attention entirely on the domestic campaign. There’s certainly no lack of football this summer with World Cup 2018 dominating the thinking of sports fans, but there’s also lots for followers of English football to bet on at William Hill, including where Chelsea will finish in the league and cup competitions.
A final tally of 21-7-10 saw Antonio Conte’s side go from champions to also-rans in the course of 12 months. A campaign blighted by poor performances and major bust-ups, it remains to be seen if the gaffer will be in charge for the first game of the upcoming fixture list.
The schedule was released recently, with a trip to Huddersfield on Saturday 11th August getting things moving before a seasonal debut at the Bridge with Arsenal travelling across the city for a London derby a week later. Talk about being thrown in at the deep end.
Traders expect victory over The Terriers on match day one but the three points gained there shouldn’t make too much difference to the overall results, with Chelsea written off as outsiders to win the top-flight title for a seventh time. The first was 1955; the most recent 2017.
Fancy them to get back on top? You’ll love the generous 10/1 sent out by traders. Double-figure odds about a major side with a point to prove: that’s going to be difficult to ignore and it certainly has more appeal than a punt on Manchester City. The defending champions are expected to get two in a row without too much fuss and followers of the market will have to make do with 4/6. That’s very tight indeed but it’s also current market-best price.
Those eager to avoid the outright betting have choices. A top-four finish is there to be shot at with bits and pieces of 4/6 doing the rounds. That could work well in your ante-post accumulators alongside a few other major European divisions.
Despite La Liga teams’ continued dominance of the Europa League, bookies have wasted no time in supporting the English representatives. Chelsea lead the way at 8/1 with Arsenal leading the chasing pack; a 10/1 price tag attached to The Gunners. With another competitive Premier League season expected, winning Europe’s second-string tournament could rate as the easiest way back onto the head table.