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With no European football to distract them, Chelsea will at least have the benefit of being able to concentrate all their efforts on the domestic game this season. Even so, it’s probably asking too much of Antonio Conte to have the Blues winning the title again in his first season in charge, particularly given that it could potentially be a much-changed starting XI and that they will need to adapt to the Italian’s style of play.
Chelsea will certainly expect a top-four finish, but the price available is too short to appeal for a long-term bet and the competition is too fierce to back it with any great confidence anyway.
Cup success might provide better value, with Chelsea able to give more focus to both competitions than those clubs with European commitment.
- Michy Batshuayi (Marseille)
- N’Golo Kante (Leicester City)
- Marco Amelia (out of contract)
- Tika Musonda (out of contract)
- Kevin Wright (out of contract)
- Mohamed Salah (Roma)
- Nathan (Vitesse Arnhem – season loan)
- Stipe Perica (Udinese)
- Mitchell Beeney (Crawley Town – January loan)
- Nathan Ake (Bournemouth – season loan)
- Reece Mitchell (Chesterfield)
Chelsea’s record 2015-16
- Premier League – 10th
- FA Cup – quarter-final (Everton)
- League Cup – 4th round (Stoke City)
- Champions League – last 16 (Paris Saint-Germain)
Chelsea fixtures 2016-17
Chelsea kick-off the new season with a London derby on Monday 15th August, with West Ham United being the visitors to Stamford Bridge for what promises to be a lively encounter. The Blues first away game doesn’t involve much travelling either, as they head for Vicarage Road to face Watford. The Premier League season ends with a home match against Sunderland.
Chelsea Betting Tips
After what was little short of a disastrous defence of their Premier League title last term, it will be a season of transition for Chelsea and Conte’s first task will be to restore self-belief in a squad that looked bereft of it for much of the last campaign.
It’s easy to forget that Chelsea went into last season as favourites to defend their Premier League title. That they failed so miserably was down to a variety of factors, most of which seemed to revolve around the increasingly ridiculous tantrums of one Jose Mourinho.
There will almost certainly be a change in formation under the Italian and one would suspect that he will opt for two forwards and to re-shape the midfield. It’s also to be hoped that Conte will be more inclined to giving opportunities to some of the highly promising youngsters on the books.
The current squad could do with some pruning, with too many players being sent out on seemingly perpetual loan deals who are never going to feature in the first team in any meaningful way. There also remain doubts as to the future of Eden Hazard. Should he stay, Conte will want to see far more from him than he produced last season.
With Conte having been on Euro 2016 duty with Italy, transfer activity to date has been fairly low-key, with the only new recruit being the young Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi. Player comings and goings should certainly accelerate over the coming weeks and if some of the big-name recruits being mentioned materialise, the Blues should be there or thereabouts when it comes to challenging for silverware and Champions League places at the season’s end.
- Official club site: www.chelseafc.com/
- Stadium: Stamford Bridge
- Manager: Antonio Conte
- Club nickname: The Blues
- Year formed: 1905
- Club owner: Roman Abramovich
- Most League appearances: Ron Harris (655)
- Most League Goals: Bobby Tambling (164)
Chelsea FC Club honours
Football League First Division/ Premier League (as of 1992)
Winners (5): 1954–55, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10, 2014–15
Football League Second Division
Winners (2): 1983–84, 1988–89
Winners (7): 1969–70, 1996–97, 1999–2000, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12
Football League Cup
Winners (5): 1964–65, 1997–98, 2004–05, 2006–07, 2014–15
FA Community Shield (FA Charity Shield before 2002)
Winners (4): 1955, 2000, 2005, 2009
Full Members Cup
Winners (2): 1985–86, 1989–90
UEFA Champions League
Winners (1): 2011–12
UEFA Europa League
Winners (1): 2012–13
UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup
Winners (2): 1970–71, 1997–98
UEFA Super Cup
Winners (1): 1998