Chelsea have been great in the first half of the season, but it’s still questionable if they can win a trophy this year. While they’ve found themselves in a huge fight for the top 4, they’ll also have to compete in the Europa League. The Londoners are also expected to be quite active in the transfer market, so there are many events for you to consider when you bet on Chelsea in 2019.
1. It’s realistic that Abramovich is going to sell the club this year
Russian billionare Roman Abramovich has bought Chelsea in 2003. The money he’s injected to the club has lead to a quick success. In 2005 the Blues have managed to win their second league title of their history and they’ve lifted the Premier League trophy 4 times ever since. Despite the achievements of the club, rumours have emerged about Abramovich to sell Chelsea this year.
The main reason is that the Russian oligarch has some visa-related problems since the Skripal-scandal. Furthermore, the UK government is expected to be even more strict with Russian investors in the future. It’s also questionable whether it’s worth to invest in British clubs at the year of Brexit. The odds on a potential sale to happen this year are 37/10 at 1xBet Sportsbook.
2. The title’s gone, but a top 4 finish is still likely
It’s been a great start of the season for Chelsea. They’ve managed to win their first 5 Premier League matches and they were unbeaten until the end of November. Since then, they’ve lost a few games and with the sudden rise of Man United, their top 4 position has become uncertain.
However, online sportsbook sites in the UK believe that the Blues are going to reach the 4th place – their odds are 47/100 at 1xBet Sportsbook. It’s less likely that they’ll lift the Premier League trophy at the end of the season as they’re way too far from the top by now. Their odds to become champions are 350/1.
3. Chelsea are the favorites to win the Europa League
Chelsea are the clear favorites to win the UEFA Europa League this year. Last season the Blues have only managed to finish 5th in the league, which is why they’re only playing in the second biggest European competition. However, once you’re in a tournament, you want to win it. They have won their group with no defeats, which proves that Chelsea are arguably the strongest side in the Europa League. Their odds are 4/1 to lift the trophy on 29 May in Baku.
4. Higuain could join Chelsea in any moment
One of the reasons why Chelsea can’t be a title-challenging club this season is the poor form of their strikers. Morata has only scored 16 goals in 47 Premier League appearances for them. Giroud hasn’t been better, he’s only netted 4 times in 30 league games for the Blues. This is why Sarri is so desperate to sign Gonzalo Higuain. The striker could bring some goals to the Stamford Bridge, and the transfer is super-likely to happen, with the odds being 19/100 at 1xBet Sportsbook.
5. Hazard is the number one target of Real Madrid
Chelsea does have a forward who shows his qualities week in, week out, and that’s Eden Hazard. The Belgian winger is on the top of his game, and that has attracted the attention of Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. The Blues could get £150 million for their star player. Though the deal is likely to happen, the Blancos will probably have to wait for Hazard until the summer. The odds are 1/20 on him to stay at Chelsea in January, while they’re 32/5 on the forward to sign for Real Madrid.