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Chelsea Football Club, also known as “The Blues” are based in West London. Founded in 1905, they play in the Premier League and have spent most of their history in the top-tier in English football. Chelsea’s home is Stamford Bridge football stadium in Fulham, where they have played since their establishment.
Chelsea were founded in 1905 at The Rising Sun pub, being elected to the Football League shortly afterwards. Early years saw little success for Chelsea, reaching a solitary FA Cup final in 1915, losing to Sheffield United. Chelsea won their first League Championship in 1954-55. Chelsea won the 1970 FA Cup, beating Leeds United 2-1 in a final replay. They took their first European honours, a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup triumph, the following year, against Real Madrid. The 1980s saw a chaotic period for Chelsea, Ken Bates gaining control of the club for the nominal sum of £1. After a prolonged battle, he regained the freehold for Stamford Bridge. Chelsea was unconvincing in the early Premier League years, despite reaching the 1994 FA Cup final. However, under player-manager Ruud Gullit, the club won the FA Cup in 1997 and re-established themselves as one of the top sides. In 2003, Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich bought the club, injecting much-needed cash.
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Chelsea has an excellent record in the Premiership era, winning the title twice, 2004-05 and 2005-06, as well as finishing runners-up in 2003-04 (to Arsenal), 2006-07 and 2007-08 (both to Manchester United). As one of the “Big Four” Premiership clubs (along with Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool), Chelsea betting odds are invariably cramped, with bookmakers usually having them in the first two in the betting at the start of the season. However, with a substantial influx of foreign money, Chelsea has become one of the most potent and consistent sides in the Premiership, with the squad being strengthened on a regular basis. Punters betting on Chelsea for the title can be assured of a season-long interest and a run for their money.
Online bookmakers offer prices on all Chelsea’s Premiership matches. The team has an excellent record in the Premiership, particularly at home, where they lose very infrequently. As a result, Chelsea odds are often very short (usually odds-on) at home. However, given Chelsea’s consistent records, short Chelsea betting odds need not necessarily be offputting for punters wishing to bet on Chelsea.
Domestic Cup Competitions
Since the instigation of the English Premier League, Chelsea has won the cup three times, in 1997, 2000 and 2007, as well as being losing finalists in 1994 and 2002. Along with the remainder of the “Big 4” clubs, Chelsea’s reputation is a major deciding factor in the Chelsea betting odds for FA Cup success. As one of the best clubs in the country, Chelsea invariably starts among the favourites. However, given that they do not join the competition until the third round, Chelsea betting may still provide value for the punter.
In recent seasons, Chelsea has been successful in the League Cup three times, in 1998, 2005 and 2007. For the reasons stated above, Chelsea betting odds for the League Cup are also short. However, in contrast to some of the other leading clubs, who regularly field below-strength teams in this competition, Chelsea appears to consider it a worthwhile competition in its own right. For this reason, a bet on Chelsea in the League Cup can often provide good value.
FA Community Shield
Chelsea has contested the Community Shield five times in the Premiership era, winning in 2000 and 2005, whilst being defeated in 1997, 2006 and 2007. As with Premiership League games, Chelsea betting odds are usually cramped. Punters wishing to bet on Chelsea should be wary of taking too short a price, as the Community Shield is not considered particularly prestigious and below-strength teams are often fielded.
Given that Chelsea rank in the top two clubs in the country, they regularly qualify for the UEFA Champions’ League. Their European form over the past decade has entitled them to regularly start amongst the favourites for the Champions’ League. Given the standard of opposition, punters who bet on Chelsea are advised against backing the Blues at too short a price.
UEFA Champions League
Chelsea have never won the Champions’ League, but came very close in the 2007-08 season, only losing on penalties to Manchester United, in the Moscow final.
UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup
Previously successful in 1971, Chelsea captured the Cup Winners’ Cup again in 1998 with a 1-0 victory over VfB Stuttgart. Substitute Gianfranco Zola, introduced after 70 minutes, made an immediate impact, connecting with a Dennis Wise pass to score the winner.
European Super Cup
The 1998 UEFA Super Cup was played in Monaco, contested by Chelsea and Champions’ League winners Real Madrid. Chelsea won the match 1-0.