Chelsea now have the same record after 18 Premier League games as Blackpool did in 2010/11 relegation season

    Chelsea’s disastrous Premier League season continued on Thursday night as they lost 2-1 to west London rivals Fulham.

    Blues fans are torn over whether Graham Potter should stay or should go, but whatever camp you’re in, all supporters will be left stunned by a stat that has emerged since the defeat at Craven Cottage.

    Chelsea won’t be pleased to hear how their form this season compares to top flight sides of the past

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    Chelsea won’t be pleased to hear how their form this season compares to top flight sides of the past

    The loss at Fulham marks the seventh of the season for Chelsea, and that means Potter‘s now side now shares the same record as one of the Premier League’s former relegated teams.

    So far this campaign under axed manager Thomas Tuchel and current boss Potter, Chelsea have won seven, drawn four and lost seven after 18 games.

    The 2021 Champions League winners currently sit tenth in the Premier League, six points off the top six and only ten off of the relegation zone.

    And as if having west London rivals Fulham and Brentford above them in them in the table wasn’t painful enough, Blues fans won’t be pleased to hear their form is the same as Blackpool‘s in 2010/2011 campaign after the same amount of games.

    To make matters worse for the Blues, the Tangerines had also scored more goals with 26 to Chelsea’s measly tally of just 21 so far this term.

    The Tangerines – now in the Championship – spent one season in the top flight after being promoted following their victory over Cardiff City in the Championship play-off final.

    Blackpool had one season in the Premier League in 2010/2011

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    Blackpool had one season in the Premier League in 2010/2011

    And, much like Chelsea this season, Blackpool kicked off their campaign with an away win, as they thumped Wigan 4-0 at the DW Stadium.

    But their season was a mixed bag from then up until their 18th match, losing 6-0 to Arsenal and 4-0 to Chelsea, but beating Liverpool at Anfield.

    They also lost to Aston Villa, just like Chelsea recently did.

    But from the Seasiders’ 18th game until the end of the season Ian Holloway’s side won just three more Premier League games, losing 12.

    This led them to finish second from bottom and suffer relegation back to the second tier along with West Ham and Birmingham.

    Of course, Graham Potter will be hoping his star players due to return from injury in the coming weeks and months will steer them towards the top of the table, rather than follow in Blackpool’s footsteps in the second half of the season.

    Chelsea next face London rivals Crystal Palace – who sit just three points behind them – on Sunday afternoon at Stamford Bridge in a must-win clash for Potter and his men.

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