Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is under pressure to steer the west Londoners to glory on all fronts this season but of the four competitions his side are competing in, the 11/2 for the Blues to lift the FA Cup rates as the clear stand out bet.
Chelsea fans have been spoilt for FA Cup wins in the last 15 years, landing the prestigious honour in 2000, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012.
According to the bwin traders, the most likely trophy to be sitting in the Stamford Bridge cabinet at the end of the season will be the league title as Mourinho’s men are just 3/1 to land their fourth Premier League crown.
A Capital One Cup success is rated as a 11/2 chance while punters aren’t keen on their Champions League chances at all, as the 11/1 available has hardly seen a trickle of action.
Chelsea’s recent FA Cup pedigree is sensational
When Manchester City defeated Chelsea in last year’s FA Cup semi-final, the Blues not only lost their place in the competition but it ended the most prolific run by one team in the competition’s history.
Before City dispatched them 2-1, Chelsea were unbeaten in 28 FA Cup matches (excluding penalty shootouts) – the longest ever run without defeat by a single side.
Wembley is like a second home for the Blues
Wembley Stadium has the ability to suffocate teams and players but Chelsea’s record at the home of football is frighteningly spectacular.
They have won seven of the eight FA Cup games played there since the New Wembley was reopened.
Few will be betting against them if they make it to the latter stages once again this season.
Chelsea lack a regular goalscorer to sustain challenges in the Premier League and Champions League
In nine matches, both domestically and in Europe, since Mourinho was reappointed only one of Chelsea’s 15 goals has been scored by a striker.
Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba are all regressing as footballers as Chelsea have had to rely on their talented midfielders such as Oscar and Eden Hazard to get them out of jail this season.
It’s common knowledge that potential champions need a world-class goalscorer.
All the great Mourinho teams that have won major honours have had one, from Diego Milito at Inter Milan, who scored 30 goals in 2010 when Inter won the Champions League, to Drogba at Chelsea in the Portuguese maverick’s first spell.