Chelsea's 2023/24 season hasn't exactly gone to plan so far. Mauricio Pochettino's side have won only once in their opening five games of the campaign, leaving them 14th in the Premier League table.
Sunday's goalless draw at AFC Bournemouth meant the Blues have only scored five goals- three coming against Luton Town — leaving supporters frustrated. The draw also meant that Chelsea have managed only six wins all in competitions during the entirety of 2023.
In fairness to Pochettino, injuries have damaged his early hopes for the football club. Christopher Nkunku, Reece James, Moises Caicedo, Romeo Lavia and Benoit Badiashile are the stand-out absentees at Cobham, with another seven players missing.
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Hopes of competing for the title seem to already be dashed, with the likely goal now being a top-five finish. As per UEFA's new format for the Champions League, the team that finishes fifth in the Premier League table are increasingly likely to secure a spot in Europe's prestigious competition.
However, according to the gambling firm BetVictor's supercomputer, Pochettino's men are extremely unlikely to qualify for the Champions League this season. The predictor has provided the Blues with a miserly 0.1% chance of returning to the competition — less than Crystal Palace and Fulham (0.2%).
To make matters worse, the supercomputer has predicted that Chelsea are more likely to be relegated than to finish among England's best. That figure is 0.9%, higher than Palace.
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