Following the crucial, enthralling, and perhaps a bit lucky 2-1 win over Manchester City, Chelsea are now the bookmakers' consensus title favorites.
Some are offering odds as low as 2/1 on the Blues, and while a few bookmakers did offer a similar price at the start of the season, we had always trailed City's odds overall. Thanks to Joe Hart, Matija Nastasic, and of course Fernando Torres that is no longer the case.
None of this actually means anything, really, since betting and bookmaking is all about playing (and preying) on customer emotions and public sentiment in order to make money for .... wait for it ... the bookies themselves, so it's no wonder that Chelsea are now the most flavorful flavor of the month. They just handed Pellegrini a loss that is sure to reignite many a discussion about his goalkeeper - especially his goalkeeper - his defense, and his away form, none of which behoove any sort of title favorite talk.
Meanwhile, Mourinho has Chelsea on a roll (butter!), unbeaten in eight, and trailing Arsenal and their easier early schedule by just two points. Winners of three on the trot in the league and with the walls of Fortress Stamford Bridge fully repaired after the Basel incursion, Chelsea look formidable to fan and neutral alike.
At the quarter mark of the 2013/14 Premier League season, Chelsea find themselves in a very advantageous position to challenge for the title. Are they favorites? Are we the favorites? Many say 'yes.' Do you agree?