Will Frank Lampard be the Premier League manager next season? Here’s what we know
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will be under immense scrutiny heading into the 2020/21 season, with the club having bankrolled an unprecedented spending spree that has seen the Blues bring six new faces in so far.
German attacking sensation Kai Havertz is the latest of those transfers and has come in as Chelsea’s record signing, as well as the most expensive German transfer, at £73.4 million. He joins fellow German Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva, and Malang Sarr as part of what Lampard hopes will be a new dynasty at Stamford Bridge. Silva and Sarr arrived at Chelsea as free transfers but the Blues have spent around £200m nonetheless. And they’re still expected to sign Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy in the wake of a reported bid.
Lampard, Chelsea’s record goalscorer, and a club legend, will not have as significant a margin for error as he did last season and owner Roman Abramovich will likely expect nothing less than the Premier League title following the club’s free spending. The former England international saw odds get slashed from 20/1 to 10/1 after losing 4-0 to Manchester United on opening day last season and the Blues went from 50/1 to 80/1 to win the league immediately thereafter.
Of course, he had some security as the club had just lost their best player and were under a transfer ban. This time around, there are no such hindrances and the Blues are 10/1 to win the top flight. Manchester City remains the favorite at 4/5 while Liverpool’s 9/4.
Chelsea will open their Premier League campaign against Brighton & Hove Albion on Monday and bookmakers Coral has them at 4/6 to win. They’re offering 4/1 on a Brighton win and 14/5 on a draw. Fans could check out The Bookies Offers to find the current coral free bet offer going on the season’s opening matches.
Current champions Liverpool will kick things off against Premier League newcomers Leeds United, who’s 10/1 for an upset with Coral. The bookies have the Reds at 7/2 for a victory and a draw’s currently set at 19/4.
The Premier League’s return is certainly a mouthwatering affair, especially given the uncertainty surrounding sports a few months ago. While football remained suspended in England, online casinos came to the rescue for gamblers. Physical casinos are slowly opening up across the globe but technology has made it so that players hardly missed a beat.
Where gambling is concerned, Chelsea took a huge one on Lampard last year given his lack of experience. The 42-year-old proved he was the right man for the job, in light of the circumstances, and ultimately led his team to a top-four finish. The stakes are a lot higher now and there will be little excuse if he fails to bring in silverware at the end of the upcoming campaign.
“Will he get more time because he’s a legend? No, not now the wiggle room has gone,” former Chelsea forward Tony Cascarino said this week. “Look at the CV of the owner and the DNA of how he’s run that football club, you’re not going to get away with it.”