Chelsea fans who like a wager could be in for a treat; the west London club has agreed a sponsorship deal with bookmakers Coral. The contract, which lasts until summer 2016, names Coral as Chelsea’s official online betting partner for Europe. It’s expected to enable Chelsea fans to benefit from special offers, including better odds on the team’s matches.
The last time Chelsea dropped any Premiership points was 23rd December, in an uninspiring away match at the Emirates stadium. While their December form was somewhat patchy, with losses away to Stoke and Sunderland, since Boxing Day (and prior to the West Ham match on 29th January) they’ve won every game and conceded only three goals in all competitions. A challenging February lies ahead however; for fans looking to put money on Chelsea’s upcoming fixtures, comparison sites including bookmakers.co.uk compare free bets and offer continual updates on the most favorable odds.
Chelsea’s next big test is a trip to the Etihad where they’ll face Premiership title favorites Manchester City, in a clash that could see the winner going top of the table. With Arsenal facing Crystal Palace at the Emirates the day before, the Monday night fixture is far from a guaranteed ticket to the top spot, though it does promise to be a thrilling encounter. Bookies are strongly favoring City to win, with current best prices at slightly worse than evens. Astute fans may be able to back Chelsea at a little better than 3/1, with around 13/2 a decent price for the draw.
The following weekend Chelsea hosts Newcastle for what should be a less intimidating game. Odds on Chelsea taking three points on 8th February are very short, with slightly better than 1/3 about the best you’ll find. Alan Pardew’s side lie eighth in the table, after a poor January and a mixed December. Their current position can be put down in part to an excellent run of results in November, during which they took 12 points from 12 – including a 2-0 home victory over Chelsea.
Coral and Chelsea have been tight-lipped regarding the amount of money that’s changed hands with the new sponsorship deal, but with Roman Abramovich’s generosity apparently on the wane, any new source of income will a boon for manager Jose Mourinho. The sale of the under-utilized Juan Mata to Manchester United has already funded the purchase of 21-year old Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah from FC Basel, with plenty left over.
“We are very pleased to align ourselves with such a leading betting company as Coral,” Chelsea chief exec Ron Gourlay commented.
“I hope Chelsea fans can benefit from the relationship over the next two-and-a-half years.”