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Chelsea strengthen position as favourites by scoring six again

| 22.08.2010

Chelsea’s title odds were cut again after they scored six without conceding for the second successive week away at Wigan, who were emphatically pushed to the bottom of the league despite “winning” on possession.

Roberto Martinez claims he isn’t afraid of being sacked by the Latics, who are 10/11 to go down, however despite chairman Dave Whelan saying in the past that he would never sack the Spaniard, he is the 9/4 favourite to be the next boss to leave.

As for Chelsea, a dozen goals in the opening two games – it took them five matches to score that many last season despite also enjoying a 100 per cent start – has seen them move in to 6/4 to be crowned champions again.

Carlo Ancelotti couldn’t put a foot wrong, as shown by the success of his substitutes. Salomon Kalou struck twice in 20 minutes on the pitch, Yossi Benayoun netted during his 10-minute cameo and even right back Paulo Ferreira provided an assist.

Arsenal also fired six against ten-man Blackpool to end their brief flirtation with the Champions League places. The Gunners are 11/2 to win the league, while north London rivals Tottenham are 28/1 after beating Stoke at the Britannia.

The Potters are one of three teams to have kicked off with two defeats, alongside Wigan and West Ham, who lost 3-1 at home to bogey side Bolton. Tony Pulis’ men are 9/2 to finish in the bottom three, with Avram Grant 5/2 to suffer successive relegations.

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Ed Needham