New Chelsea signings Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech both made their debuts for the Stamford Bridge outfit in a 1-1 friendly draw with Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday. The pair, unequivocal signals of Roman Abramovich’s intent where the upcoming season is concerned, somewhat combined to put the Blues ahead in just three minutes. Ziyech’s pinpoint long ball from deep midfield found Callum Hudson-Odoi in the box – the winger got his header wrong but the ball fell to Werner, who wasted no time in sticking it past the Brighton stopper and into the back of the net.
Despite the draw, there was not a lot to be down about, given that it’s still preseason and the Blues did not have a full squad. With Thiago Silva having joined on a free transfer last week and Kai Havertz also expected to come in to bolster a Blues squad which also now includes Ben Chilwell and a young defensive prospect in Malang Sarr, there’s plenty to be optimistic about.
Chelsea are 12/1 to win the Premier League at the end of the 2020/21 campaign, with Manchester City the outright favourites at 8/1 and current champions Liverpool in behind at 9/4. England’s top flight will kick off again on September 12, following what was an unusually short break, and fans will be able to take advantage of all the latest Enhanced odd offers from UK bookies by visiting Freebets.com.
Another factor that has apparently brought a bit of excitement to fans is the expectation that American hotshot Christian Pulisic will be wearing the No.10 jersey moving forward. The number was vacated by Willian following his move to Arsenal and, considering the American’s comparisons to former Blues No.10 Eden Hazard, there’s hardly a better candidate in the team.
Werner and Ziyech had been training without squad numbers since boss Frank Lampard started putting them through their paces but they came out wearing the No.11 and No.22 jerseys, respectively, against Brighton on Saturday. Werner’s 11, previously worn by Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, is a special one. The number was subsequently owned by Spaniard Pedro but he’s also called time on his Blues career and will be playing his football for Roma next season. As for 22, it was worn by none other than Pulisic last term.
Lampard will hope to see his team close the gap between themselves, City and Liverpool but the Manchester club could possibly pull off the signing of the year, with Lionel Messi set to leave Barcelona. Pep Guardiola’s side are favourites to sign the Argentinian at 4/7; Chelsea are 25/1 in that regard.
The Blues will also have their eyes on the Champions League following their fourth-place finish last term. At present, they’re 20/1 to lift the big-eared trophy – Man City are also favourites on that front at 4/1.
Where domestic cups are concerned, Frank Lampard’s men are 8/1 to win the FA Cup and 7/1 to win the League Cup. As you might have already guessed, City are favourites for both pieces of silverware at 4/1 and 3/1.