With the 2022 World Cup upon us and the Premier League taking a mid-season break, it’s a good time to look ahead to the rest of the season and see where Chelsea are in regards to winning trophies.
Using the latest odds from the bookmakers is usually a good indicator of how a team is expected to perform, and in Chelsea’s case this season, the odds seem about right.
What’s now left for Chelsea to play for this season?
Assuming we can’t claim the World Cup if a Chelsea player is playing for the winning side, it’s just the Champions League and FA Cup left this season. There are a lot of Chelsea players in Qatar, with Thiago Silva and his Brazil side in with a great chance of lifting the trophy. The latest World Cup betting from Betfair sees Brazil as 5/2 favourites, and if it’s not England that wins, why not Thiago and his Brazilian teammates?
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As for the Premier League, that already looks like a done deal for Graham Potter and his team. This season is already confined to being a rebuilding job. The Blues are already out to 300/1 to lift their first league title since 2017, when Antonio Conte took the club to the promised land.
Also gone this season is the Football League Cup, with Chelsea losing to Man City at the start of November.
A second Champions League in three seasons?
The Champions League offers some hope. As Chelsea proved in 2021 under Thomas Tuchel, you don’t have to be the best team in your league to win it. And with a recent win under their belts, Chelsea’s players won’t feel inferior to any of the sides left in the competition.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 29, 2021
The Blues will face Borussia Dortmund in the Round of 16 next year. By all accounts, this looks a winnable tie, with the first leg taking place in Germany on 15th February next year. In the betting to win the Champions League, Chelsea are 12/1, that makes them seventh favourites. Surprise, surprise, Man City are the favourites, at just 13/8.
With top quality teams like PSG, Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Napoli, and Real Madrid ahead of Chelsea in the betting, it promises to be tough competition. But PSG and Bayern meet in the Round of 16, and who knows what the draw brings further down the line. Big sides will take each other out, and that could open the door for another assault on the coveted Champions League trophy.
The FA Cup – a good consolation prize
Could the FA Cup possibly be the best chance for success this season? If Graham Potter isn’t resting players for the bigger fixtures, the Blues might have a chance here.
Manchester City will see this cup as third on their priorities list, and that could possibly see them eliminated. Chelsea are joint third favourites with Arsenal to win the FA Cup at 15/2. So, if the bookmakers are to be believed, they are certainly in with a chance.
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