Jose Mourinho can win his third Premier League winners’ medal with Chelsea
In the end, a couple of draws at Stamford Bridge cost Chelsea the chance to win last season’s title, with the Blues stuttering against the so-called lesser teams on too many occasions last term.
Even so, finishing just four points behind Manchester City was a decent achievement considering that Jose Mourinho didn’t seem to like any of the strikers in his squad and it appears that Samuel Eto’o, Demba Ba and Fernando Torres will all be waving adios this summer.
Diego Costa has arrived from Atletico Madrid and he should add the required improvement to the “goals for” tally and that means it’s all about backing Chelsea to win the 2014/15 Premier League at odds of 15/8.
Bet365 have that particular price and it might be worth combining these odds in a multiple bet with other selections, although we know that the Blues will be in title contention after last season’s effort.
Filipe Luis has arrived to bolster a defence which already boasted the most clean sheets from the previous campaign, while Cesc Fabregas has been added to a midfield department including the solid Nemanja Matic along with the more attacking talents of Oscar, Eden Hazard and Willian.
Naturally, Manchester City are considered to be Chelsea’s main rivals after a winning maiden campaign under Manuel Pellegrini last season although the Citizens will have to go some to emulate the 102-goal haul.
There is also the nagging problem which is Yaya Toure who appears to be unsettled by rumours that Paris Saint-Germain want to sign a player who was critical to his team’s successful title assault last season.
Perhaps Toure will remain although there’s an overdependence on him in the centre of midfield, while Sergio Aguero is injury-prone enough to make backing City a concern.
Manchester United should be a different beast under Louis van Gaal after a failed campaign under David Moyes and they look interesting at 11/2 although it would be an almighty turnaround to see the Red Devils jump from seventh to first.
Meanwhile, Liverpool are as big as 9/1 to claim their first title in over twenty years despite running City very close last season, with Brendan Rodgers having money to burn after the sale of Luis Suarez.
Arsenal are the other potential title candidates and they have done some smart business by acquiring Mathieu Debuchy and Alexis Sanchez, with Ladbrokes going 13/2 about the Gunners.
Chelsea to win 2014/15 title @ 15/8 with bet365