Chelsea claimed a magnificent 2-1 victory over title rivals Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday and suddenly the crisis is over at Stamford Bridge. The Blues looked every inch champions as two superbly taken strikes from Marcos Alonso put Spurs to the sword. Proclamations that Chelsea would struggle this season may have been premature as they played with the same energy, swagger and style that propelled them to the title last season. Man Utd and City have started strong, but Chelsea are back in business and they will be a formidable opponent for anyone this season.
The bookmakers responded to the win by dropping the odds on Chelsea back to a more reasonable 7/1, but that is still a phenomenal price on a side that just won the league in May. They may have lost Nemanja Matic and Diego Costa, but Timoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata look like upgrades on that duo, and further reinforcements are expected before the transfer window slams shut on September 1. To beat a direct rival, and one as good as Tottenham, away from home will give the Blues a huge confidence boost and they can now approach the season with optimism. Their opening day defeat at the hands of Burnley was a farce, but they can write that off as an aberration and mount a real title defence now. Last season they started poorly and still went on to win the league at a canter, and they have the players to vanquish everyone again this summer. Thibaut Courtois is still a great goalkeeper and Chelsea have amazing strength in depth at the back. Triple Player of the Year N’Golo Kante and Bakayoko have formed a high energy midfield that will not be scared of anyone. Morata looks very sharp, and this win came without their best player as Eden Hazard is still injured. When he returns Chelsea will look awesome. They just need to bolster their ranks and get a more menacing looking subs bench, but they are surely in with a chance. At those odds, it seems like you have to back the Blues and Betonline will offer competitive odds, so take advantage of them. At 7/1 you can go each-way and get a fifth of the odds if they finish second or third, and they surely will finish at least in the top three after that dominant victory over Tottenham.
Another option would be Man Utd and you could hedge your bets by covering Jose Mourinho’s men too. The odds on City are too low, but you can still get 3/1 on Man Utd and that looks another great option after they recorded two consecutive 4-0 victories. They look like Arsenal circa 2004, a physically intimidating and technically adept team, full of power, intelligence and technical ability. Mourinho has an amazing record of winning the league his second season at every club he has managed: Porto, Chelsea (twice), Inter and Real Madrid. He may well extend that record.
If anyone is to stop him it looks like being City or Chelsea. Arsenal were woeful in losing 1-0 to Stoke and Spurs look as though they will struggle at Wembley, while Liverpool were also poor in drawing 3-3 with Watford. All three teams need to invest if they are to mount a serious title challenge. Right now it is City, Utd and Chelsea that have the necessary strength, experience and dynamism to pull it off. City are clear favourites but that looks a risky bet as they are unconvincing at the back, so going for Chelsea and Utd seems a great approach if you are trying to make a profit.