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Chelsea has officially become a runaway freight train. The Blues have just 10 matches left to be played, and they're 10 points clear of Tottenham and 12 of Manchester City. They're -3000 favorites to win the Premier League at this point, but we've seen collapses of this magnitude in the past. Can anyone play perfect soccer the rest of the way and really put a threat into Antonio Conte's side?
Odds To Win the Premier League
Manchester City +2100
At some point, you just throw up your hands and realize that the chase is over with. The Blues have won 22 of their 28 matches this year, and they've got 69 of a possible 84 points. If they keep up on that pace for the last 10 fixtures of the season, they'll finish with 94 points. Tottenham can only reach 89, and that's if it doesn't drop a point the rest of the way.
So how does Chelsea ultimately blow a -3000 advantage? It's hard to say, but it starts at the top of the formation.
Diego Costa has been brilliant this season for the most part. He has 17 of Chelsea's 59 goals in the Premier League, but he also had a minor spat in the middle of the campaign in which he was benched by Conte and effectively told to pack his bags and get out of Stamford Bridge. Time healed those wounds, and Costa has been on fire since that point. He's often alone up front, but this midfield has played a fantastic supporting role, particularly Eden Hazard who has 11 goals.
Even when Hazard was out of the fold against Stoke City a couple weeks ago, the Blues still netted twice, and that's going to be good enough virtually every single night to get all three points. This Chelsea team has conceded just 21 goals this season in 28 matches, including just eight in 13 home dates at Stamford Bridge.
The other thing potentially going against Chelsea is its fixture list the rest of the way. Of course, it's going to be hard for anyone to come to the Bridge and get points, and if the Blues merely take care of business at home the rest of the way, they'll be clear. That said, after playing Crystal Palace at home this week, the team has to play at home against Manchester City, at a Bournemouth side that has been tricky this year at Dean Court and then at Manchester United. It's entirely possible that the team could win just one of those matches, and if that turns out to be the case and Tottenham goes on a four-game run, this margin that currently sits at 10 could easily be reduced to just a couple points.
That said, at the end of the season, there isn't much to worry about. The Blues finish with Southampton, at Everton, Middlesbrough, at West Brom and Sunderland, and in all likelihood, they'll have the championship locked up by the beginning of May.
This midfield is simply the best in England, Costa, when he's on his game, is the best striker in the league, and Thibaut Courtois is bothered so infrequently that it's just so hard to score against this team. The Blues have allowed a total of just 72 shots on target in 28 matches, and if that's how this keeps up for the rest of this year, there's no way they won't be champions.
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