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Conte’s Chelsea in Driving Seat for Premier League Title Triumph

Simply put, Chelsea have been outstanding so far this season. Antonio Conte’s Italian revolution is well and truly underway at Stamford Bridge and the Blues are reaping rewards from his varied and extensive skillset in the dugout.

Since taking over at the helm, Conte has taken this Chelsea side from the brink of disaster to eleven consecutive Premier League wins. The Blues are now eyeing up Arsenal’s all-time top-flight record of successive victories and a fifth Premier League title could follow.

It is easy to forget that this is Conte’s first season in charge of a major club side outside of his native Italy – and that is testament to his ability to adapt and tweak his system and style to suit the English game.

Ultimately, Conte has managed to maintain his Italian principles of solid, consistent defending but has incorporated Premier League traditions of playing attacking, free-flowing football. This unique blend has confused their rivals and the Blues, who have now 11 on the spin, are looking unbeatable.

Chelsea’s recent run has been sensational to say the least but it is the manner of these wins that make them all the more impressive. Conte’s men have scored 25 goals during this spell whilst conceding just two – keeping nine clean sheets in the process.

If the former Italy boss can keep his players focused on the task at hand, the title race could be all but over by mid-April. The Blues have already built a six-point lead over nearest rivals Liverpool and both Manchester City and Arsenal are already feeling the heat.

As of December 22nd, Conte’s men are priced at 10/11 to win the title with Betway and plenty of neutrals will be backing Chelsea after their solid start to the campaign. The Blues have lost just once so far this season and that 3-0 defeat to Arsenal was the catalyst for Conte’s revolution to begin.

Prior to that defeat, the Italian was following English football’s tradition of playing four at the back but Chelsea have now reverted to a brand new 3-4-3 system and the rest of the Premier League just cannot figure out how to play against it.


Eventually, teams will grow accustomed to Chelsea’s system but the Blues have enough quality in their ranks to adapt if needs be. Conte has managed to take Victor Moses, a player who made just one solitary performance for the club last season, and transform him into a reliable wing-back in the space of just three months.

By the same token, former Bolton Wanderers star Marcos Alonso is holding his own on a weekly basis. While he was touted as a superb prospect for the future, nobody expected Conte to get this much out of the Spaniard in his first season at Stamford Bridge.

But without beating about the bush, it would be fair to state that the biggest difference-maker has been Diego Costa. The Spain star has always played with vigour and determination and his new manager has channelled that aggression into goals – and Chelsea fans are now back on the Costa wagon after a hit-and-miss 2015/16 campaign.

Costa has already notched 13 league goals this season; more than anybody else in the top flight. The Golden Boot is well within his sights but a Premier League triumph is the main objective; Conte has got him playing for the shirt rather than for his own glory…

Chelsea still have plenty of work to do in the second half of the season but Conte will be ready for the title push. He has been there and done it all during his stints with Juventus and Italy but a Premier League crown in his first year in England would certainly send out a statement of intent. At 47 years old, Conte is here for the long run and an early title triumph could signal the start of an era of Blues dominance.


Matic rejoins Chelsea

The Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic rejoined Chelsea and signed a five-and-a-half year contract.
Chelsea have confirmed they have re-signed Matic from Benfica but didn’t reveal  the transfer fee. The British media reports suggest that Chelsea have paid around £21 million to bring Matic back to Stanford Bridge.

The 25 years old midfielder declared that he is very happy to be back to the club where he spent three seasons.
In the previous spell  he was too young to impose into the first team but now he is confident that he can be an important player.

Jose Mourinho believes the same thing and he declared that his quality could prove to be decisive for Chelsea’s progress this season.
Nemanja Matic has started his football career at Red Star Belgrade youth  team and then he moved to Partizan. His senior debut was at Jedinstvo Ub in 2005 and two years later he signed for Kosice.

On 18 August 2009 Matic was transferred to Chelsea where he made just three substitute appearances. At the end of January 2011 Matic signed for Benfica as part of David Luiz deal. Matic has made 9 appearances for the Serbian national team.


English Premier League – The Best League in the World?

The increasingly popular Barclays Premier League has always been a hotspot for exciting football, bitter rivalries and plenty of controversy.

With cash-rich, foreign owners taking the helm at many of the top clubs including Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and QPR, the league has seen a steady cash injection in recent years, the likes of which can only be found at one or two other clubs in the world nowadays.

This investment in the EPL has seen huge expenditure on top-class talent at premium price tags such as Aguero, Torres, Van Persie, Dzeko, Oscar, Hazard, Kagawa and even Andy Carroll – to name but a few.

Has this improved the game? Many have argued against the influx of foreign owners, citing the demise of domestic talent as an unappealing consequence of such foreign investment. As new owners come in, they seek immediate improvement, which generally involves signing the cream of overseas talent.

The positive impact, however, is that the Premier League is now the world’s most exciting league – with viewers on each continent increasing in numbers each year, living rooms and bar rooms from Auckland to Zimbabwe are hooked on the unique buzz and excitement that comes with the unique brand of Premier League action.

What makes the action even more enjoyable is the ability to have a bet on your favorite team with a reliable online bookmaker. With a wide range of Premier League betting odds available online, punters can win real money on the outcome of their teams’ actions with many different markets to choose from such as first goalscorer, match betting and season outright betting.

So who do you fancy this year? The 2012/13 English Premier League is heating up, with Chelsea on top, a surprisingly strong Everton in second and the two Manchester clubs in third and fourth. A rejuvenated arsenal look a good bet to improve on last season and with Liverpool and Spurs undergoing some major reform, their transition into serious contenders may be just around the corner.

We’ll be watching every bit unfold each week, with the help of modern technology – iPhone, iPad, Android apps and huge TV and internet coverage to keep us in the loop, we won’ miss a kick, goal or dive as he world’s most exciting league unfolds.