For all the football experts who saw the team from Stamford Bridge in the 2013-14 campaign, were convinced that this team is still not a finished article as per the special ones standard. They lacked firepower at the top and didn’t have any of their strikers in the top ten goals scorers list at the end of the season. In any campaign which Chelsea has won since the start of the millennium they have always had minimum two players featuring in the top ten goal scoring charts; Lampard and Gudjhonsen in 04-05, Lampard and Drogba in 05-06 and Drogba and Lampard in 09-10.
With Jose Mourinho gauging what his squad needs for the final push he brought in reinforcements in the form of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas and they have hit the ground running from the word go! Cesc Fabregas has already set the premier league on fire with his earlier stint with Arsenal, however Costa scoring goals for fun has made Chelsea the clear favorites to win the Barclays Premier League title this season. Adding these two to the deadly Hazard and Co from last season, something has to go drastically wrong from here to deprive Chelsea from another English Premier League crown.
While they have already launched a blitzkrieg to reclaim the coveted title which they have not won since 2009-10, they have ensured that 11 rounds into the season they are still unbeaten and are by far the most balanced side in Premier League. A peep into the table below also indicates how they are on course for their fourth title under Roman Abramovich’s ownership (until there is a surge from one of the other teams plus Chelsea’s significant dip in form):
|Season||GOALS / MATCH||GOALS CONCEDED / MATCH||Differential (Scored – Conceeded)||LONGEST UNBEATEN STREAK||CLEAN SHEETS||Points Tally||Points (Against Man City, Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool)||Season Ending Rank|
|2014-15||2.55||1||1.55||11||27%||29||8 (Half Way Point)||First|
* Source for Data: Premierleague.com
Goals per match Vs Goals conceded
The start for the campaign in 2014-15 for the Goals Scored Vs Goals Conceded is similar to their title winning campaigns in 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2009-10. The average differential score from the past three title winning campaign is 1.56 which is similar to the current standings.
They have put together string of strong performances and have an 11 match winning streak, which is already better than the 2009-10 campaign and on course to put the 2005-06 streaks aside. Whether they go on to get one better to the 2004-05 season, we will discuss later in the piece.
Clean Sheets Current Vs Past seasons
In the first two title winning seasons with Mourinho, Chelsea was famous to grind out results. They had a lot of narrow (1-0) victories; however under Ancelotti they were more flamboyant and scored goals galore and had a solid defense too. In this campaign, although we are just 11 rounds into the season the team has been scoring a lot of goals and conceding regularly too. This is an area which Mourinho will tighten up as he goes along in the season, and guess this weak link will get a solution In due course.
The average points tally for the Champions from the past four season of English Premier League is 86 Points, so as it stands we are assuming that if Chelsea crosses the figure mentioned above they will win the league. From 11 games they have 29 points dropping only four points in the process. They have another 57 points to secure from a possible 81 points (27 games) to secure the title, looks likely!
Chelsea Vs Big 4
The teams that are always fighting for the title are always measured on the basis of their performance against the top 4; in Chelsea’s case that would be Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United (given their past performances and record). As it stands Chelsea have won away at Liverpool and at home against Arsenal and drawn at both Manchester clubs. So as it stands they have only one away travel to Emirates, while they host the other big teams at the bridge, which will put Chelsea as favourites.
With 27 matches still to go for Chelsea, we are still not close to first half of the season. The picture will be clearer after the busy festive season. However if Chelsea can keep Diego Costa fit and Eden Hazard, Fabregas and rest together with Mourinho tactical master class, it will be difficult for anyone to stop them.
Will they go unbeaten throughout the season, similar to the invincible gunners? It looks highly unlikely, that Arsenal’s heroics would be matched by Mourinho’s men, however as they say football is a funny game!
Source for Data: Premierleague.com
Source for Image: Chelseafc.com