After a disappointing first half of the season, Chelsea have responded well under interim manager Guus Hiddink and now have their sights set on a top half finish.
The Blues are unbeaten in 14 Premier League games and while they have been eliminated from both the FA Cup and Champions League, Chelsea still have plenty to play for in the last two months of the campaign.
With reports breaking news that the ‘Italian Mourinho’ Antonio Conte will definitely arrive at Stamford Bridge after this summer’s European Championship, the Blues could well press on and fight for a Europa League spot this season.
As of March 24th, Betway are offering 7/1 on Chelsea to finish in the top six – a result that might well secure a place in Europe’s second-rate club competition next season.
While some Chelsea supporters won’t want Europa League football, some form of European competition is better than nothing at all.
Conte is a proven winner and the Italy head coach will take Chelsea back to the top of the Premier League table – there’s no doubt about it.
It would be foolish to say that the Blues will win the league in his first season but they will certainly compete and finish in the Champions League spots.
Both Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas have flourished since Hiddink arrived at Stamford Bridge and the two Spain internationals may profit under Conte’s leadership as well.
Costa has netted 10 goals in his last 14 matches under Hiddink and Fabregas, who scored twice in Chelsea’s recent 2-2 draw with West Ham United, is looking a lot more dangerous in Chelsea’s free-flowing attack.
In the build-up to next season, Betway can keep you updated on the latest news and odds regarding Chelsea’s chances of success.
Given time, Hiddink could have been a major success at Stamford Bridge but at least Chelsea are getting a proven manager in Antonio Conte.
While there’s not much to play for, the Blues should try to maintain momentum as they look to build ahead of what could be a title-winning campaign next season.
Only time will tell but, with Conte at the helm, the Blues might be back in business in August.