Chelsea’s careful targeting of world-class talent in key positions this summer sees Jose Mourinho’s side share Premier League favouritism at 15/8 with champions Manchester City ahead of the new season.
The Portuguese hasn’t gone two terms at any club without winning a league title since before his time at Porto, and the Blues haven’t endured consecutive potless seasons in over a decade, so the omens look good for Mourinho’s men.
Banking £50m from Paris St-Germain for David Luiz, which covered around two-thirds of the combined cost of left-back Filipe Luis, midfielder Cesc Fabregas and striker Diego Costa, will surely prove the best business of the silly season, while keeper Thibaut Courtois’ return is clearly welcome.
Much is expected from last year’s La Liga top scorer Costa, who struck 27 goals in 35 games en route to a Spanish title at Atletico Madrid.
However, a trio of well-regarded centre-forwards have endured shocking first full seasons at Stamford Bridge since the beginning of Mourinho’s previous spell in charge a decade ago.
Mateja Kezman, Andriy Shevchenko and Fernando Torres all failed to justify their near-£90m combined transfer fees with even double figures in their debut campaigns in west London, having bagged a hatful at their previous employers.
With this in mind, it may pay to side with a proven Premier League goal-getter in the betting for Top Scorer/Premier League Winner in 2014/15.
As it turns out, there’s a former Blue pottering around Merseyside who struck 21 times in the top-flight last term, and considering the only man to score more was his now-former partner, this England regular should be expecting even more goal-glory this season.
You can have 16/1 about Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge claiming the Premier League Golden Boot in a double with Chelsea taking the title, which looks just about the right shout in this tight market.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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