When Andre Villas-Boas left FC Porto to join Chelsea in the summer, the Portuguese could not have imagined that he would have clashed several times with officials before the end of October.
The Blues manager clearly felt as though his team were harshly treated when losing 3-1 at Manchester United and the same applied on Sunday when Chelsea lost 1-0 at QPR after having two men sent off in the first half.
There has also been the nasty John Terry racial slur business to clear up ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Goodison Park to face a team that Chelsea recently beat 3-1 at Stamford Bridge.
“He has put out his statement and we fully back John,” Villas-Boas said. “John is a player who [represents] this country to the highest level internationally. He is a player of great responsibilities.”
However, we might see Terry given the night off against Everton, with Saturday’s match against Arsenal now becoming a key game for the Blues in their attempt to close the gap on Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.
The visitors are still favourites at 13/10 (bet365 – £200 free betting) to win this match and Fernando Torres is now free to play following his three-match suspension, although Jose Bosingwa and Didier Drogba will have to sit this match out.
Torres is a 5/1 chance to score the first goal of this game, while Everton might attract a bit of interest at 2/1 (Paddy Power – £100 free bets) as David Moyes looks to give the supporters some extra cheer by progressing deep into a domestic competition.
The Toffees won 3-1 at Fulham on Sunday and Louis Saha will be hoping to get on a scoring run ahead of Manchester United visiting this weekend, another of his former clubs.