A dictionary definition ‘ping the lids’ start from Chelsea has seen them race into odds-on favouritism for the Premier League.
The Blues are 53/100 to hoist a fourth top-tier crown since its 1992 rebrand and, while this may seem a little short given how much football is still to be played, it’s certainly worth backing, for it will only shorten as the months go on.
With a first XI that’s close to perfection, there’s only one team winning the league this season – Chelsea.
Read on to discover how so:
The goals won’t stop flowing.
Assuming Diego Costa stays fit, the electrifying rate at which he’s accumulating goals will be sustained throughout the campaign.
He bagged 35 times in La Liga and the Champions League for Atletico Madrid, a side that were nowhere near as adept as Chelsea in an attacking capacity.
With the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard and Oscar furnishing him with chances, an even bulkier haul could perceivably be in the offing.
Their defence looks as frugal as ever.
Just two league goals have been given up at Stamford Bridge, with a farcical afternoon at Everton the only blotch on their copybook so far.
Their attempts to stymie Arsenal were successful and, were it not for a scripted Frank Lampard strike, Manchester City would’ve endured the same fate.
Consistently frustrating the best frontlines in the land means few questions can be asked of their defence.
In midfield, they have the perfect balance of force and flair.
No centre-mid partnerships are forged as well as the Blues’, with the creative brilliance of Fabregas – who has assisted seven goals thus far – complemented exceptionally by hustling, bustling Nemanja Matic.
The titanic Serb is averaging 3.1 tackles per outing this term and his astuteness in shielding the back four allows their conjurer-in-chief to get footloose in the opponents’ final third.
Their trophy-magnet manager hasn’t hoisted a piece of silverware in two seasons.
Jose Mourinho has never gone three campaigns without getting his meat hooks on some cup or other.
Given the array of talent and experience available to him this ‘barren’ spell won’t extend into next season.