Chelsea fans will be looking forward to the 2023/24 campaign with optimism on the back of a chaotic 12 months at Stamford Bridge.
Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter were both sacked as manager after failing to bring the best out of a squad assembled at astonishing expense, as Frank Lampard ended last season as interim boss.
Mauricio Pochettino’s arrival has sparked hopes of Chelsea returning to the top-four race in the months ahead after finishing in 12th place in 2022/23.
But while they entertained in an opening day draw with Liverpool, there will be a few early concerns following their 3-1 defeat to West Ham in their second match.
The Sporting News looks at the chances of a potential Premier League title charge in 2023/24, if Pochettino starts strongly.
Chelsea odds to win 2023/24 Premier League
Chelsea crawled over the line last season with Lampard failing to galvanise a squad that looked directionless and short on confidence across all areas.
The Pochettino factor will be decisive this season but the Argentinian coach has never won a Premier League title in his managerial career.
With two games gone and only one point on the board, the Blues are considered fourth favourites with most bookmakers to win the title.
Chelsea odds to win Premier League 2023/24
*Odds correct as of August 20, 2023.
Chelsea prediction 2023/24
On the back of such a poor end to last season, Pochettino is almost certain to drive Chelsea up the table, but how high he can go remains unclear.
His firm stance over thinning out a bloated squad has seen a long list of players leaving the club to raise transfer funds, alongside moves for Christopher Nkunku, Nicolas Jackson and Axel Disasi.
A push for Europe would represent solid progress, but Chelsea need time to get back up to the pace of a title race, as Pochettino puts down roots in west London.
Chelsea Premier League prediction 2023/24: 6th
Last time Chelsea won the Premier League title
Chelsea are the third most successful side in Premier League history, in behind Manchester United (13) and Manchester City (7), with five titles.
The Tottenham-Chelsea connection of which Pochettino is a part was heavily involved in their last title win in 2016/17, as Antonio Conte steered them to glory.
Conte went to win a Serie A crown with Inter before joining Spurs in 2021, while Pochettino took almost the opposite route, leaving London for Paris Saint-Germain before a return to England’s capital with Chelsea this year.
Premier League 2023/24 TV channels, live streams
|Hong Kong||—||Now TV|
|India||Star Sports||Disney+, Hotstar,
|Malaysia||Astro SuperSport||Astro Go|
|New Zealand||Sky Sport||Sky Sport Now,
|UK||Sky Sports, TNT Sports||NOW TV, Sky Go,
UK: Matches are carried across Sky Sports and TNT Sports streaming and TV platforms, with select matches on Amazon Prime.
USA: Select matches are televised on USA Network (English) and Telemundo or Universo (Spanish), and all three channels can be streamed on Fubo. The rest of the matches are streamed on NBC platform Peacock for subscribers.
Canada: Every Premier League game this season is live streamed exclusively via Fubo in Canada.
Australia: Fans in Australia can stream every match live and on demand on Optus Sport.
India: Star Sports network has the rights to show Premier League matches in India. As well as an English broadcast on Star Sports Select, select matches will be available via regional feeds on Star Sports 3 (in Bengali, English, Kannada, Malayalam), Star Sports 1 (Bangla) and Star Sports 1 (Tamil).