Chelsea have less points after 11 games than they had under Roberto Di Matteo last season, but despite Roman Abramovich’s occasionally wilful antics there’s every reason to believe Jose Mourinho has next to no chance of going the same way as the Italian.
The Blues are 67/100 to resume the Premier League campaign with a victory over West Ham at Upton Park which could kick-start a second winning streak of the season.
The Blues are still well on course in all competitions under the Portuguese’s stewardship.
Di Matteo may have been throwing down a believable Premier League challenge at the 11-game mark in 2012/13, but it was his side’s dismantling in the Champions League by Juventus in late October that arguably gave Abramovich the cause for his dismissal.
In place of Antonio Conte’s well-drilled serial-Scudettoists Mourinho’s side have fitful Basle, followed by the visit of a Steaua Bucharest team already thoroughly thrashed in Romania.
Meanwhile Chelsea find themselves a mere four points behind Arsenal in the Premier League and still in with a shout of winning the Capital One Cup.
Arsenal are the only members of last season’s top four Chelsea have left to play this year.
The Special One has the benefit of a timely run of comfortable fixtures to still the itchy trigger finger of his Russian overlord, with trips to Sunderland and Stoke and home games against Palace and Swansea inside the next eight league matches.
Two draws and as many losses in five away league games this term suggests road form has been a key factor in their low points tally and a kindly run of fixtures away from Stamford Bridge offers them a chance to get the monkey off their backs.
Chelsea have won five of their six Premier League games at Stamford Bridge in 2013/14.
The rock-solid home form that characterised the Blues in their first spell under Mourinho has remained steadfastly in place despite their road travails.
Only Man City have scored more on their own turf in the Premier League this season.