So after 142 games, played in 17 competitions, across 26 different countries, under two different managers and plenty of duress, Chelsea will finally bring down the curtain on a hectic season when they host Everton at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
But despite having already sewn up a top-four Premier League finish and lifting the Europa League trophy, the Blues must once again rouse themselves to get another result.
A win against the Toffees would box off third place, but anything else coupled with an Arsenal win at Newcastle could either demote Chelsea into fourth and the need to qualify for next seasons Champions League, or even worse, a one-game play-off against the Wenger Boys to sort out who finishes where.
The second scenario would come about – I think – if Chelsea draw and Arsenal win by one goal while scoring two more than Chelsea manage against Everton (read more about the play-off situation here).
I don’t understand that and neither should you, as I reckon Rafael Benitez’s men will muster up enough energy to slink past David Moyes’ boys in the battle of the outgoing bosses and render any other permutation redundant.
The 90-minute ding-dong against Benfica on Wednesday night would have taken a lot out of the tank, but Chelsea have been indefatigable over the past couple of months, regularly putting in performances and doing what’s absolutely necessary despite running on empty.
It will therefore be interesting to see how Chelsea react to not being under maximum pressure. Their new-found freedom could inspire Frank Lampard, Juan Mata, Oscar and the rest to revel in the party atmosphere around the Bridge, but it may also reduce the X-factor Chelsea have been carrying over an arduous spell.
But Benitez still has plenty in reserve with Victor Moses, Demba Ba, John Obi Mikel, Marko Marin, Yossi Benayoun and Eden Hazard likely to feature after not playing any part in Amsterdam, and that may be enough to make the difference.
And what of Everton? They’ve got absolutely nothing to play for but Moyes will be keen to end his 11-year assosiation with the Goodison Park club on a high, and he’s not been recruited to fill the Manchester United hotseat by allowing his players an easy ride.
The outgoing Scotsman will also want to end that horrible away hoodoo of playing 45 games against Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool without recording a victory.
Out of that lot it’s been eight defeats and seven draws in this part of London and the Toffees are a lengthy 17/4 to claim the points, with the draw at 27/10 and Chelsea big 13/20 favourites.
I think the win may be past Everton but I certainly wouldn’t rule out the prospect of them holding the double European champions and 1-1 at 23/4 looks good if you’re heading down that route.
Having said that, the Londoners have quietly chalked up a run of 11 wins from their last 14 home matches (seemingly played in the last fortnight) but that impressive streak has been perforated by conceding 11 goals.
I think Everton are good for a goal, so both teams to score at 3/5 seems safe, and 9/5 for Everton to score first isn’t a bad outside bet either.
But I do think Chelsea have enough to wrap up an exhaustive season in style, and 2-1 to the hosts at 13/2 is handsomely priced.
If you’re going for the Chelsea win but don’t fancy being so precise, then the Blues with over 2.5 goals in the game is 7/5 and the 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 multiple correct score is a massive 31/10.
To round things off we may as well have a look at the goalscorers, with Demba Ba leading all markets.
The Senegalese striker is likely to start after Fernando Torres’ mammoth shift in midweek and he’s 9/2 favourite to score first, which is a price that is also worth taking in light of bwin’s special Double/Triple Money offer for all ten games on the final day of the Premier League season.
In other words, if Ba scores first and you’ve backed him to do so, we will double your winnings if the former Newcastle man scores again, treble them if he nets a hat-trick, and so on.
That certainly could provide an interesting side bet for a game in which the smart money will surely be on Benitez ending his interim reign in style by clinching third place.
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