The west London side have firmly established themselves as the favourites to win the title this season following the appointment of Antonio Conte as the club’s new manager back in the summer.
Their remarkable upturn in form has been in stark contrast to their struggles last season, when they finished 10th in the table and without a trophy following the sacking of Jose Mourinho back in December 2015.
However, Conte’s impact has been immediate and huge. The Blues have managed to build a nine-point lead at the top of the Premier League table and are currently priced at odds of around 1/10 to win the title this season given their dominance in the top flight.
Checking some of the latest odds through www.bettingoffer.com shows Tottenham priced at around 16/1 and Manchester City at around 11/1 to win the title.
True, the Blues do not have the distraction of European football this season, but their remarkable rise up the table has nonetheless been extremely impressive.
It must be said, however, that Chelsea’s ride has been made somewhat easier by the inconsistency of their rivals this season.
Tottenham are currently their closest challengers, and sit nine points behind the Blues in the race for the title. Spurs also have the tricky test of a trip to Anfield to face Liverpool this weekend.
Manchester City’s struggles under new boss Pep Guardiola have also been well-documented, though the Citizens seem to be finding some form again and are currently third in the table.
Arsenal and Liverpool have endured stuttering starts to 2017, with the Gunners having just suffered back to back defeats, and the Reds yet to win a Premier League game this year.
It all points to Chelsea being crowned champions in May – and it really shouldn’t come as that much of a surprise, given their superb form when they won the title under Mourinho back in 2014-15.
With the likes of Eden Hazard and Diego Costa at his disposal, Conte has been able to use some considerable Premier League experience to his advantage when his own was lacking. The addition of N’Golo Kante last summer also now looks like a stroke of genius.
The title race is far from over, of course – we are only seven days into February.
But you’d be hard pressed to find any punters backing against Chelsea right now, despite only 24 games having been played.
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