Chelsea is currently sitting at the fourth spot in the Barclays Premier League. In a bid to boost its chances of winning the title, Chelsea paid a whopping amount to get the services of the Spanish striker Fernando Torres. The amount paid for a five year contract was £50 million. This is a record amount for British transfers. Torres was earlier playing for Liverpool, which is just two spots below on the league table.
The transfer was not without its share of drama. Chelsea had earlier offered £35 million for Torres, but this offer was rejected. But Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was determined to have his man and so he raised his bid and got his way. After the transfer was finalized Torres said, “Chelsea are the kind of team I want to play for. They are one of the biggest teams in Europe and are always fighting for everything. The target for every footballer is to play in one of the top-level clubs in the world and I can do it now.”
Ironically the first match Torres played for Chelsea was against Liverpool and he made a disastrous debut for his new team. Steven Howard, the celebrated sports writer for The Sun, said, “As debuts go, it was a stinker.” He said that Torres did not live up to the £50 million contract nor to the Number 9 jersey he was wearing. Chelsea lost to Liverpool by a solitary goal.
Chelsea now plays Fulham in Gameweek 27 on February 12. The betting site Sportsbook.com is offering odds for that game. Chelsea is the favorite team with odds of 7/10. Fulham has the longer odds of 15/4. Odds for a draw are 5/2. Sportsbook.com also offers odds for Total bets. This is the total number of goals scored in the match. The odds for Over 2.5 (meaning 3 goals or more) are 17/20. The same odds have been offered for Under 2.5 (meaning 2 goals or less).
Sportsbook.com also offers odds for teams winning the Barclays Premier league. These are listed under Soccer Futures. Chelsea has odds of 9/1. Manchester United is the favorite at 8/13 followed by Arsenal at 9/4. Punters should compare odds with other soccer betting sites before placing a wager.