The weekend could not have gone any better for Chelsea and Jose Mourinho. After seeing off Arsenal with a 2-0 win, Chelsea saw Manchester City suffer a shock 2-1 defeat at home against West Ham. Suddenly, the mighty 11 point lead has been reduced to an eight-point deficit. Given that there is more than three fourths of the season still left to play, the blues may actually still be in the title race.
The Blues are now eight points behind the leaders but as the Special One has already said, his side are good enough to get themselves back into the title race. For a safer bet than Chelsea this season you may want to have a look at more Premier League tips to see who to back (would you really back Arsenal?).
For the moment, though, focus shifts towards the League Cup meeting with Walsall. Chelsea will be expected – as the defending champions – to put a decent team out. Just as with many other League Cup pre-match press conferences, Jose Mourinho has revealed a few names who are certain to start.
Chelsea are still the favourites to win this clash according to the betting experts forum BettingExpert.com, who have a truck load of tips for betting on this game plus great free bet offers and reviews of all the major bookmakers. Our top tip for the game? Expect it to have 3 goals or more, with Chelsea winning.
Even though the blues are the defending champions, Mourinho should name a number of youngsters in the squad to face Walsall. After being on the bench for the last two games, John Terry is set to go straight into the first-team and will lead the players out. It will be an opportunity for Terry to return to form, but it could also be the point where he starts playing the ‘less important’ matches.
Radamel Falcao recently scored his first goal for Chelsea and he will start the game in place of Diego Costa. The likes of Kennedy, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Bertrand Traore may get a start and an opportunity to impress the manager.
Just as many other players in the squad, Terry’s form has fallen a long way from the standards set last season. He has been in and out of the team is the last few weeks. At 34 years of age, time is certainly not on the side of the England international. Given that his replacement Kurt Zouma has been performing exceptionally well, it will take something special from Terry to get back into the team.
The 19-year-old was the man of the match against Maccabi Tel Aviv. He is certain to start in the midfield. Rather than just being a defensive midfielder, Loftus-Cheek will have the freedom and impetus to contribute in attack too.