April has been a month of mixed emotions for Jose Mourinho and his Chelsea side. Their Champions League dreams looked over after a 3-1 beating from Paris Saint Germain, before the Londoners overturned the two goal deficit and progressed into the semi-final of the competitions. Then, after a disciplined display, they drew becoming only the third team this season to stop Atletico Madrid scoring at the Vicente Calderon with their 0-0 draw. Should they win their next two games, then we will once again be the champions of Europe.
The Premier League campaign hasn’t been going so smoothly, though. They fell to their first home league game under Jose Mourinho in the 2-1 loss to Sunderland, leaving Liverpool to clear up at the top. On a more personal note, though, they did help me win my best bet to date. Going to the bookies before a game is something that has crept into my pre-match routine, and although I usually only dabble with small stakes, Chelsea vs Stoke in the first week of this month was too good of an opportunity to turn down.
After the disappointment in Paris, Chelsea were bound to bounce back against a Stoke side who went through March unbeaten. That’s just the way the Premier League works. With three wins and two draw from their previous five, they were never going to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
With a spare £10 of change in my pocket, I decided that Frank Lampard to score any time and Chelsea to win 3-0 was in with a chance.
Chelsea flew out of the blocks and never looked like losing. With Mohamed Salah opening the scoring in the first half, Stoke needed something special to get back into the game.
They couldn’t manage it though, and Frank Lampard scored Chelsea’s second to put the result out of debate, much to my delight. I waited for the third goal before I got too excited, and it duly came thanks to a strike from Willian in the 72nd minute.
Although there were chances for both teams in the remaining 20 minutes, the game finished 3-0, and Lampard did indeed score, so my instincts had paid off. Literally.
My £10 returned just over £360, which went down very nicely. So although April has been one that has seen Chelsea somewhat concede the title to Liverpool, it has not been without some success.