Can Chelsea FC go all the way in the Premier League title race?
Can Chelsea FC go all the way in the Premier League title race this season under new boss Maurizio Sarri?
There’s no doubt that Chelsea FC were the big winners this weekend as their thumping 4-1 victory over Cardiff City lifted them to the top of the Premier League table.
The west London side have made a brilliant start to the new campaign under new boss Maurizio Sarri and they continued their fine form as they thrashed Neil Warnock’s men in west London.
Eden Hazard continued his fine form by netting a hat-trick, and Willian scored later in the second half to complete the rout.
Chelsea FC have won all five of their opening five Premier League games to leave them leading the way at the top of the table and looking good under their new boss Sarri.
However, is a title triumph in realistic reach?
When Sarri was appointed as Antonio Conte’s successor back in July, the immediate aim would have been for the Italian manager to steer Chelsea FC back to a top four finish in the Premier League after they ended up in fifth place last term.
Their fifth-placed finish has caused them to miss out on Champions League qualification, and they will kick off their Europa League group-stage campaign against PAOK on Thursday night.
It’s worth taking a look at the best bookmakers to bet with – but Paddy Power currently place Chelsea FC as the 9/1 outsiders to win the title this season.
Considering that they’ve won all five of their opening games and are benefitting from an in-form Hazard, it seems like a very generous price indeed.
Meanwhile, Manchester City remain as the 8/11 odds-on favourites to retain their title, while Liverpool FC are back on 2/1.
Manchester United are currently priced at 33/1 and Tottenham at 40/1.
Liverpool FC, of course, have also been in solid form so far this season and they too have won all five of their opening Premier League games to leave them level on points with Chelsea FC.
Attentions will now turn to whether the Blues will be able to maintain their form throughout the season while also managing a Europa League campaign.
Some fans would point to the fact that their squad is not hugely different to the one that won the title back in 2016-17 under Antonio Conte.
But it’s easy to forget that the west London side did not have to worry about any European football that season.
Whatever happens, what’s for sure is that we look set for one of the most enthralling title races for quite some years.
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