Date: August 10, 2014
Venue: Groupama Arena, Bupadest
Kick-off time: 19.45 pm BST
Chelsea play their third game in three days when they take on Hungarian outfit Ferencvaros in a friendly in Budapest on Sunday. This will follow their 45 minute matches against Turkish opposition Fenerbahce and Besiktas on Friday.
Ferencvaros have already played a number of competitive games this season, having started their Europa League campaign in the first qualifying round and with their league two games old.
They have registered a win and a defeat in the league, with a 3-1 victory over Kecskemeti followed by a 1-0 defeat to Lombard-Papa TFC. They got through the first qualifying round of the Europa League against Sliema Wanderers of Malta but were unable to negotiate the second round against HNK Rijeka of Croatia.
Chelsea have packed in the friendlies this pre-season, with eight under their belts before landing in Budapest. This has given Jose Mourinho a fine chance to assess the best tactics to accommodate his new signings – and what signings they have been.
Two of the stalwarts of Atletico Madrid’s title-winning team, in Diego Costa and Felipe Luis, have been poached from the Spanish team, while the fantastic Cesc Fabregas has also joined to add even more variety to an already packed midfield.
Last season, Mourinho constantly talked down his team’s chances, bemoaning his lack of a truly clinical striker.
He will proffer no such excuses this time, with the deadly Costa bagging 36 goals for Atletico last season. Owner Roman Abramovich will expect better than last season’s third place finish and as always, will have his eye on the Champions League.
The trip to Turkey yielded one win (2-0 against Fenerbahce) and one loss (1-0 to Besiktas). The rest of the friendlies have similarly been a mixed bag as the players return to full sharpness.
Key Players/Team News
Premier League fans will be familiar with former West Brom and Fulham man Zoltan Gera, but the danger lies with last season’s top scorer Daniel Bode, who scored a hat-trick in that win over Kecskemeti.
Where to start with Chelsea’s key player? Eden Hazard? Cesc Fabregas? Diego Costa? World Cup winner Andre Schurrle? They should all be on display against Ferencvaros as Mourinho prepares his team for the season opener next weekend at Burnley.
A Chelsea side slowly but surely bedding in their new players should have too much for an unimpressive Ferencvaros. The best-priced odds on a Chelsea win are however, short at 1.25 (bet365) so other markets look more attractive. Chelsea to win both halves is 2.38 with Betfair, and to score in the first ten minutes is 4.0. If you do not have an account with them, please open one here and get a free bonus of £50 with it.