Chelsea can be backed at odds of 9/2 in the Premier League betting with StanJames.com. At the time of writing, those Premier League odds look fair to us, though there will be some who will think those odds are on the short side.
On the face of it, Chelsea are the ‘best' club side in Europe after they beat Bayern Munich on penalties in the Champions League Final back in May, but even the most ardent Chelsea supporter would have to admit that Chelsea more than rode their luck at times en route to winning the Champions League title last season. The question is, can Chelsea show improvement in the Premier League this time round?
Chelsea finished sixth in the Premier League last season, which was their worst Premier League placing since Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich took control of the club in 2003. Of course last season Chelsea started out with young Portuguese manager Andre Villas-Boas at the helm, but after he was sacked in the spring club legend Roberto Di Matteo took over.
Now the pressure is really on for Di Matteo. While winning the Champions League was the fulfillment of a longstanding dream for Abramovich, and it is a triumph he has said he wants to repeat, Abromovich will be acutely aware that consistent Champion League success will come only if Chelsea's Premier League performance is of a high-enough standard. Chelsea got away with it last season, but as Liverpool have showed in recent seasons, if Chelsea allow Premier League performances to drop off then their Champions League performances will suffer too.
For Di Matteo to survive in the Chelsea job, it is the feeling here at StanJames.com that he must at the very least get Chelsea back in the Premier League top three this coming season. Di Matteo has set about that task already by making some high-profile signings. The next big thing in European football, the young Belgian Eden Hazard, has signed for Chelsea for a lofty fee, as has the exciting young Brazilian striker Oscar. Another confirmed signing is the German Marko Marin.
Chelsea Premier League Betting:
Man City (11/10)
Man Utd (5/2)
Chelsea Premier League Betting Specials:
(6/4) 2nd or better finishing position
(33/1) To win Premier League and FA Cup trophies
(7/2) Premier League position on 31st August 2nd or worse