Chelsea have started the 2014-15 Premier League season in blistering style – winning six of their seven games, dropping only two points at defending champions Manchester City.
José Mourinho’s side have scored an astonishing 21 goals in those seven games – seven more than any other side during that time. Their goal difference (+14) is double any other side too.
The bookmakers now have Chelsea at odds-on as many expect Mourinho’s side to go on and win the league from here.
Some may consider Chelsea’s next run of games to put them in a sticky patch – they have seven games in the space of 22 days, of which only two of those are at Stamford Bridge. With Mourinho’s side flying high there is all the more reason to buy Chelsea tickets for home & away matches.
The Blues will play away from home in Europe as well as going to both Manchester United and Liverpool during this run. Is this where Mourinho’s side decline? Not quite.
Chelsea travel to Crystal Palace on Saturday in the first of these seven games. Neil Warnock’s side may be four points above the relegation zone and with only one defeat in their last five, but performances haven’t been convincing against five sides all in the bottom half, of which three are currently in the bottom four.
Tony Pulis’ side pulled off a surprise victory in this fixture last season but Mourinho’s side are more equipped this season and Warnock isn’t quite the tactician. For this run to keep going a win is required at Selhurst Park on Saturday and we cannot see anything but an away win.
A quick turnaround for the Blues sees them host Slovenian side Maribor in the UEFA Champions League. Chelsea already have a two-point lead over Schalke 04 in the group and could all-but qualify in their next two games by picking up the expected six points.
Maribor offers Mourinho an opportunity to rest some of his stars by rotating his squad and still be able to expect three points on Tuesday.
Resting the stars should certainly be on the manager’s mind as they then face Manchester United the following Sunday at Old Trafford. With the turnaround from Louis van Gaal’s side who have scored 11 goals in their last four games, picking up nine points, this really could be a Super Sunday clash.
Manchester United have an abundance of attacking talent which should make for an exciting game. José Mourinho may not consider his 0-0 tactics for this game either – Manchester United’s defence has been injured and looked vulnerable at the start of the season.
Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, Oscar and Cesc Fàbregas versus Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao, Ángel Di María and Juan Mata makes for a mouth-watering prospect. As of now, you wouldn’t expect Chelsea to lose that game either and a point wouldn’t be disastrous.
Two days later Mourinho takes his side to Shrewsbury Town in the League Cup. You can certainly expect the backup players and maybe even some youngsters to play in this one – we suspect this trophy has very little importance to anyone to do with the club.
Chelsea start November at home to Queens Park Rangers. Whilst they lost this fixture the last time they played the hosts can certainly be expected to win this season. Harry Redknapp’s side are currently bottom of the Premier League, looking woeful at both defending and attacking. Anything less than three points and a dominant performance would be a surprise.
After their West London derby on Saturday, Chelsea go to Maribor in the Champions League on Wednesday. Providing they haven’t caused a surprise at Stamford Bridge in the first tie, the Premier League side will again be the favourites for this tie. Six points off the Slovenian opposition closes them in on qualification and the prospect of resting star players in their final two games.
After the trip abroad, Premier League action reconvenes on the Sunday with a trip to Anfield. Liverpool will have played at Real Madrid 24 hours before Chelsea’s Champions League tie.
Mourinho managed to all-but end Liverpool’s title challenge in this fixture last season with a 2-0 win despite a number of key players absent. He’ll likely have rested a number of key players for a couple of games between now and then and be able to have a good shot at taking three points from Brendan Rodgers in Merseyside once again.