The stats that prove Chelsea’s season is officially over

Jose Mourinho may not have been at the Britannia Stadium to hog the limelight, but it didn’t stop Chelsea’s woeful form from continuing.

Stoke became the latest Premier League outfit to profit from the Blues’ shoddiness, taking a 1-0 win thanks to Marko Arnautovic’s strike in the 53rd minute.

The loss leaves Chelsea in 16th place in the league and an incredible three points above the relegation zone after 12 games.

Although the drop isn’t a realistic possibility just yet – Ladbrokes make the defending champions a whopping 150/1 to go down – there is little left for the Stamford Bridge club to play for on the domestic front, as these stats from Opta suggest.

With a spot in the top six looking as distant as their next win, it leaves Mourinho with a mid-season rebuild on his hands.

That’s a job the Portuguese may not even get to see through. The Special One is now the 4/11 favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave and is in the middle of his worst-ever run as a manager:

Whether he sticks around to turn the tide or not remains to be seen, but it’s clear Chelsea are a club in desperate strife:

Although playing well at Stoke, Diego Costa and co couldn’t get the goal that their display deserved and, with a shaky defence undermining them, a slim, undeserved loss was recorded.

As the old cliché goes, it tends to go that way when you’re at the bottom of the table:

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.