Top English Premier League outfit, Chelsea lost in an away match to Swansea on Saturday.
The loss which many soccer betting fans would not have preempted was a big setback to their campaign. With few games to go and Chelsea in 10th place, many soccer betting fans would have thought The Blues would have done anything to get European action next season.
Chelsea defeated Aston Villa by four goals to nothing in the last game in an away match and had played a 2-2 draw with sixth-placed West Ham United. After West Ham played a draw with Arsenal, dropping points each, many would have thought The Blues would have defeated Swansea to get closer to the European opportunity, even if it was the Europa League. Chelsea have had a disappointing season but with interim manager, Guus Hiddink, soccer betting fans would have thought the team would have tried to salvage some pride, as the season gradually ends.
The defeat which was the first under the current interim Coach saw an early goal from Gylfi Sigurdsson give Swansea victory. It was a disappointing end to the week after Italian coach Anthonio Conte was announced as new Manager at the Stamford Bridge.
After the game, Hiddink said: “I don’t think Conte’s appointment affected the players because what we did in the second half was good, so I don’t think they had it in mind to look to next season. But it is not just about the new manager, you have to show at a club like this what you are capable of. The players have to be internally motivated, that is a key condition to being at a club like Chelsea.”
Sigurdsson’s goal gave Swansea their first ever Premier League win over Chelsea leaving many soccer betting fans with their mouth agape.