Chelsea v Burnley: Match in Pictures
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Chelsea have been backed to beat Manchester City and Liverpool to the Premier League title. Thomas Tuchel has already delivered the Champions League and the Blues sit top of the table at the moment.
Chelsea have a trio of stars that will push them to Premier League glory this season.
That is the verdict from Jonathan Woodgate, who believes the Blues are simply too difficult to beat.
Tuchel’s men are top of the Premier League at the international break and have looked in good form throughout the season.
The German has already led the club to a surprise Champions League victory and Woodgate reckons they are too much this year for the likes of City and Liverpool.
And that is largely down to Romelu Lukaku, as well as the two full-backs Reece James and Ben Chilwell.
Speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Tottenham v Leeds, Woodgate said: “I really fancy Chelsea to win the Premier League this year, just because they barely concede.
“Once they get Romelu Lukaku firing on all cylinders, I reckon they’re going to be a monster team.
“I just love the way those full-backs bomb forward; Reece James and Ben Chilwell are just so suited to this style of play Thomas Tuchel has implemented.
“The shape suits the team, and their two central midfielders really dictate the play. I like their intensity, too, as a unit.
“Look at the depth of the squad as well; it’s absolutely gigantic. If James doesn’t play, Cesar Azpilicueta comes in. If Chilwell isn’t starting, Marcos Alonso is.
“They’ve got Trevoh Chalobah coming through, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen. They’ve got so much depth within their squad, it’s frightening.
“Even Ruben Loftus-Cheek is playing unbelievably from a deeper position. For me, they’re going to be really tough to beat to the title this season.”
Chelsea are top of the table, leading City by three points while Liverpool’s loss to West Ham prior to the international break saw them drop to fourth – behind David Moyes’ side.
Woodgate added: “Liverpool and Man City will be right up there as well, but then it’s a tough call for that final spot in the top four. I think I’d have to put Man United in.
“Arsenal have really impressed me… Mikel Arteta has been under immense pressure but I love what he’s doing with that team at the moment.
“He’s going to be a top, top manager. I love his style of play, I love how much he believes in his younger players. I just think top four is too much of an ask for them this season – I think the Cristiano Ronaldo effect gets United into the top four.”
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