Season So Far
The Blues have taken to the turf four times since Jose Mourinho returned, winning in smooth but restrained fashion when strong favourites at home to Hull and Aston Villa. They drew the tougher two against Man Utd and Bayern Munich, losing to the latter on penalties in the UEFA Super Cup.
Mourinho oversaw 60 home league matches during his first Chelsea stint and conjured 46 wins and 14 draws from those opportunities, not experiencing a single defeat. The calm handling of Hull and Villa hints at more of the same. Also worth flagging is that 34 of those 46 victories were achieved without conceding, presenting a 57 per cent win to nil rate in league encounters at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea leaked less than any Premier League rival in all three of Mourinho’s completed campaigns. He relied less on clean sheets at Real Madrid but one goal conceded in his first three league games back indicate that he is reasserting his defensive principles. They haven’t scored more than two in a 90-minute session yet, so punters will be hopping on the under 2.5 goal bus at 4/5 as it travels to Everton.
Dating back to May, Chelsea have broken the deadlock in five of their last six matches, but Fernando Torres was the sequence’s only repeat first scorer. Many will rate Samuel Eto’o a valid regular bet, however, the interchangeable cast of fierce attacking midfielders threaten to diversify the outcome.
Chelsea’s first six strikes this term have come from six different sources, so if you desire a recurring wager, try an outsider. Branislav Ivanovic has fired last three times since April, all in 2-1 triumphs.
Other Notable Trends
Though the west Londoners have been far from prolific, accumulating a 1.25 goal per game rate across 90 minutes in all competitions, they are brilliant at making an early impression. In three of their four fixtures, they have assumed a lead within 13 minutes, with four of their five overall goals (excluding the extra-time effort against Bayern Munich) arriving in the opening 25 minutes.