Chelsea can send out a warning shot to those still in the race for the Premier League title with a convincing display at surprise package Blackpool tonight.
It will also be the next chance for Fernando Torres to put an end to a barren spell that has seen him fail to register a single goal since making the £50million move to Roman Abramovich’s club.
You could have got Chelsea at 25/1 during half time of last week’s win against Man Utd and still able to pick them up at around 9/1 means that putting £10 on the London side to win the title won’t be worst investment that you make.
If you look at their contenders, United are yet to hit a dip in form and look like entering one at exactly the wrong time of the season. Arsenal, despite having the best starting 11, lack the depth or conviction to win a title, and City still flatter to deceive on way too many occasions.
The blues need to beat Ian Holloway’s charges first though. In spending most games relentlessly attacking, Ashley Cole would do well to bring along his air rifle to stem the tide but you’d think that if one defence wouldn’t collapse under the pressure it would be Chelsea.
January signing David Luiz is not likely to be particularly phased by the prospect of facing James Beattie or Gary Taylor-Fletcher, and you feel that if Torres doesn’t get a goal against this defence then there’s something seriously up with the Spaniard. Being called a ladyboy by opposition supporters will be the least of his worries.