Chelsea’s solid defensive start in the Premier League compared to others

Chelsea are perhaps considered to be the favourites for many to win the Premier League this season and it is not without good reason.

The Blues have become rather impenetrable in the league so far throughout the campaign, having only conceded three goals – once against Liverpool, Manchester City and Southampton – and yet from open play, which is why so many of the available sportsbooks at have provided odds on Thomas Tuchel’s side to go on and light the title.

However, they are not the only side to have gone 10 games and to have conceded three or fewer goals to start a top-flight division campaign. Planet Football took a look at the other teams who have managed to achieve this and have highlighted just how well their campaign went on to be.

Aston Villa managed to concede just three goals in their first 10 matches in the 1998/99 season whilst other teams had struggled due to international competitions such as Euro 98 that summer. The Villians, who were led by John Gregory, would remain leaders until the 20th game, but a terrible end to the campaign saw them have to settle for sixth instead.

Chelsea’s 2004/05 squad is one that is talked about highly as one of the best teams ever to have been assembled and existed, as they only went on to concede 15 goals in the entire Premier League campaign, with just two having been shipped in the first 10 matches. Ironically, Southampton and Manchester City were the ones to score those, so perhaps there is a bit of fate?

Manchester United only conceded three goals in their first 10 games of the 2007/08 season but had a challenging start to the campaign. They would, however, go on to win the title that year on the final day of the season, having been second after the first 10 games.

Chelsea won the Premier League in 2010 but they did not show signs of letting up in the following year, as they began the 2010/11 campaign in red hot form. They smashed six past West Brom before hitting another six past Wigan in successive weekends, meaning they would go on to lead the goalscoring charts with 27 whilst only conceding three. However, despite that start, Carlo Ancelotti’s side would falter through the campaign and have to settle for second as Manchester United won the league title that year. Infamously, the Italian was then sacked shortly after the final whistle at Everton whilst in the Goodison Park tunnel.

Manchester City are the last team to have managed to achieve what Chelsea has done so far this season, as they also conceded just three goals in the first 10 games of the 2018/19 campaign. Liverpool conceded just one more goal in the same period, but it was City that managed to go on and win the title that year.