Three points clear heading into the Christmas break, a perfect home record of eight victories from eight with at least two goals scored in each and the joint-best defensive numbers in the top-flight with only 13 goals conceded.
Things cannot get much better for Jose Mourinho men’s in the second half of the campaign, but here are three bets worthy of consideration – one to celebrate Christmas, one to bring in the new year and one to mark the closing of the Premier League season.
Boxing Day – Chelsea to score exactly one goal against West Ham @ 3/1
Too much present unwrapping has potentially been carried out by Chelsea players on Christmas Day in recent seasons and this has caused so much mess that they haven’t been able to find their shooting boots.
In the last five seasons, Chelsea have failed to score more than a solitary goal in their Boxing Day fixtures, with exactly one netted on four of these occasions.
Even their dire scoring record on December 26th or their fine record for goals at Stamford Bridge this season have to give at West Ham and it is most likely to be the latter.
Chelsea have won 1-0 on Boxing Day in both of the past two seasons and 13/2 is a fine price that they do so again against the Hammers.
New Year – Chelsea to remain unbeaten in their next three fixtures @ 7/10
After hosting West Ham, the Blues have tricky away games on their agenda when visiting Southampton on December 28th and then making the short trip across London to Tottenham on New Year’s Day.
In his two stints as Chelsea manager, Mourinho has never lost any of his first three matches post Christmas, with his record currently standing as:
Played 12, Won 9, Drawn 3
Southampton have already been beaten at home by Manchester City and Manchester United too, while Chelsea have scored 19 goals across their last six meetings with Tottenham.
Season – Chelsea to win Premier League @ 4/9
There are seven previous examples of a team managed by Mourinho leading their domestic standings at Christmas before going on to lift the title.
Porto – 2002/03 & 2003/04
Chelsea – 2004/05 & 2005/06
Inter – 2008/09 & 2009/10
Real Madrid – 2011/12
Meanwhile, in the previous 22 Premier League seasons, the team top on Christmas Day has been crowned champions on 10 occasions.