It is easy to get carried away with early season promise of sides. While you cannot win the league in 8 games (or 6 games in Chelsea’s case), both the current leaders of the English Premier League and Championship are going to take some beating.
I’ve documented it on a number of occasions already this season, starting before a ball had even been kicked. Not even a 1-0 defeat at Manchester City on Saturday has changed my opinion or even put a shadow of doubt in my mind. Chelsea are too strong for the rest of the Premier League field, and I am sure Chelsea will win the league this season. I’ve put my money where my mouth is.
Even without the absence of Frank Lampard in midfield, they will get through their next few games just fine, starting with Arsenal on Sunday. A fixture they dominated last season, Didier Drogba in particular as Chelsea done the double over their London neighbours. And while Chelsea have dropped points on just one occasion this season, Arsenal have dropped points at Liverpool, at Sunderland and at home to West Brom. Meanwhile, Manchester United have drawn all 3 of their away games so far; versus Fulham, Everton and Bolton. Chelsea will not drop as many points as those two in their corresponding fixtures.
Chelsea are currently 5/6 favourites to win the Premier League.
Drop down a division and the billionaire boys that are Queens Park Rangers have opened up a 6 point gap between themselves and second-place Cardiff City. Already with a goal difference of +20 from 8 games, Queens Park Rangers have stamped their foot on the division. 7 wins to nil, Queens Park Rangers have scored at least 2 goals in every league game so far, with only Derby County scoring past Paddy Power and taking points off the West London club.
The R’s are now in their fourth season since Bernie Ecclestone bought them in August 2007 (originally with Flavio Briatore), and Lakshmi Mittal, one of the world’s richest men, joined a few months after. Several transfers and managers since, they seem to have finally found the right combination with Neil Warnock at the helm. This summer, he bought in a wealth of experience and players he can rely on, while unearthing a hidden gem in Jamie Mackie, whom had struggled to impress previously at Plymouth Argyle.
Queens Park Rangers are well organised under Neil Warnock, with two solid banks of four that only Kris Commons and James Bailey have breached so far (apologies Port Vale fans, but you may have noticed I do not take the Carling Cup into consideration). Going forward, Mackie, Adel Taarabt, Hogan Ephraim and Tommy Smith cause defences problem, while they have target man Heidar Helguson scoring too. And once recovered from injury, Rob Hulse will be another threat for Warnock to place up front.
Although I have not seen Queens Park Rangers and the rest of the Championship sides in action as much as I have with Chelsea and the rest of the Premier League, I do see them going on to win the title this season. Under the leadership of Neil Warnock and with the potential to spend in January if need be, Queens Park Rangers may well run away with this division.
Queens Park Rangers are 6/4 to win the Championship.
A Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers double is 4.81 with Stan James.