LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 01: Marcos Alonso of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and AFC Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on September 1, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Over the past 15 years or so, Chelsea have rightfully earned their place at the Premier League’s top table. Since Roman Abramovich took sole control in 2004, the West London have won a whole host of trophies both home and abroad.

However, at the same time, it is fair to say that there is never a dull moment in West London, as a switch of managerial personnel is never usually that far away regardless of whether silverware has been captured that season or not.

That was exactly the scenario that was played out in Chelsea’s previous campaign as former manager Antonio Conte was eventually shown the door after two seasons at the helm at Stamford Bridge. His tenure saw him deliver a Premier League title and an FA Cup in separate campaigns.

It was arguably one of the worst kept secrets in the game that Conte was going to be given his marching orders by the club, even though he had earned an impressive trophy haul during his relatively short stint in the English capital.

The reason behind this was due to Chelsea’s failure to qualify for this season’s Champions League as they limped to just 5th place finish behind the likes of perennial rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Merseyside outfit Liverpool.

However, a factor in Conte’s departure was his body language throughout his second season in charge. It looked like as if he had already checked out months before and was waiting for the inevitable departure to arrive in due course.

That said, the Chelsea hierarchy took their time in giving him the boot, an action made all the more farcical when you consider that the former Italy and Juventus boss actually took the first training session of the club’s pre-season preparations.

Eventually, though, the Blues found a replacement in the shape of compatriot Maurizio Sarri who arrived from Serie A outfit Napoli. Although, due to his relatively late appointment, many felt that Chelsea would be playing catch up to the likes of Manchester duo City and United.

However, this has not been the case as they go into the international break with a maximum points tally of 12, after winning their first four matches of this Premier League season. It’s a feat that has many questioning whether they can mount a serious title challenge.

Looking at the Premier League football betting market, they are currently priced as third favourites with Bet365 at a price of 10/1. With Manchester City leading the pack at 4/6 and Liverpool sandwiched between them at a tempting 11/4.

So even though Chelsea find themselves a way off of the squads that are led by Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp, you cannot argue that there is a considerable amount of value in the odds that are currently available, should they win a second league title in three seasons.

Many have written off this club before in times of turmoil and each time Chelsea have a habit of silencing the critics. Should new manager Maurizio Sarri manage to keep this early momentum going, then there is every chance they could play a huge part in this season’s title race.