Chelsea’s curse of November : A case study

With the draw against Sunderland, the Blues fans will certainly breath easy safe in the knowledge that capricious November is past them. The curse seems to be lifted as the Special One’s ‘Thing of beauty‘ paints one artistic display after another.

Surely, everyone hoped more from the team against Sunderland but this is Premier League where no game is easy. As the month ends for the unbeaten blues, we thought it was a good chance to look back at the Blue’s previous performances in the month of November. We have compiled points per game and Win% since the start of Abramovich’s era.

Season Matches Played Away Win % Points/game Manager
2003-04 6 3 86% 2.67 Claudio Raineri
2009-10 5 3 80% 2.6 Carlo Ancelotti
2014-15 6 4 77.8% 2.33 Jose Mourinho
2004-05 6 4 67% 2.33 Jose Mourinho
2007-08 5 4 60% 2.2 Avram Grant
2006-07 6 3 67% 2.16 Jose Mourinho
2005-06 5 4 60% 1.8 Jose Mourinho
2008-09 8 4 37.50% 1.5 Luiz Filipe Scolari
2010-11 7 3 43% 1.43 Carlo Ancelotti
2013-14 5 3 40% 1.4 Jose Mourinho
2011-12 6 3 33% 1.16 AVB
2012-13 7 3 14% 1 RDM/Rafa Benitez

Some interesting things to note :

  • The last 4 positions in table are occupied by the last 4 seasons justifying the dread November has caused in recent years.
  • Claudio Raineri’s 2003-04 squad sits at the top although they had the luxury of playing 3 games at home compared to meager 2 this season
  • Chelsea have usually played more away games than home games in November.