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November is Here, Chelsea Have No Fear

While perusing through social media after Chelsea’s Champions League draw with Maribor, I observed that many Chelsea supporters are going into hysteria over November and December. Apparently, this draw signifies that, for Chelsea’s unbeaten record, the end is near. Although this sounds ludicrous to me, there’s said to be some history of Chelsea slumping around this time of year. With that being said, I’ve only been supporting this club for a few years, and I humbly acknowledge that my Chelsea is limited. To solve this mystery, I decided to do a little research. I constructed table below using fixtures from past seasons.

Month/Season
92/93
93/94
94/95
95/96
96/97
97/98
98/99
99/00
00/01
01/02
02/03
03/04
04/05
05/06
06/07
07/08
08/09
09/10
10/11
11/12
12/13
13/14
August
14
16
5
14
2
4
18
3
10
6
7
5
2
1
5
1
1
1
1
4
1
1
September
10
12
5
10
6
4
9
5
18
9
5
2
2
1
1
8
1
2
1
3
1
5
October
10
16
5
10
6
5
6
8
6
8
3
2
2
1
2
4
2
1
1
4
1
2
November
5
19
8
11
6
2
5
8
14
8
3
1
1
1
2
4
1
1
2
5
3
3
December
6
19
10
12
7
3
2
7
11
6
2
3
1
1
2
3
2
1
4
5
3
2

In 8/22 seasons, recorded above, Chelsea dropped in November. It should be mentioned that half of those times, the team only dropped by one place.

In 6/22 seasons, Chelsea’s standings improved in November.

In 8/22 season, Chelsea’s standing remained unchanged November.

So what does all this mean? There is an equal chance that the club’s standing will drop or remain the same.
I’m leaning towards the standings remaining the same this year. All of the work done last season is finally paying off. The new players are fully integrated into the team. Everyone is working hard. This is November. Next month is December. The same unbeaten team from October is the same team that will compete in these two months.

I know Chelsea will stay on the top. Am I wrong? It’s possible, but the numbers show that the months of November and December are not a death sentence for this club that has had such a good start to the season. 

November is here.
Chelsea have no fear.
Fellow fans, 
please excuse my Liverpool reference, but
THIS IS OUR YEAR!

--Marissa Blackman

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