|Bookmakers will face paying out massive sums if Chelsea continue their excellent start to the season and win every competition they have entered.|
José Mourinho’s team edged out Fulham last night in the Carling league cup, securing a place in the semi-finals. Bookmakers make them 5/4 favouries to lift the first trophy of the season.
The west London club also sit proudly at the top of the English Premiership, a competition they have not won since 1955, and qualified easily for the knock-out stages of the UEFA Champions League, conceding only one goal in the process.
Chelsea are 33/1 to complete the amazing quadruple sweep, and bookies face a pay-out disaster - on the scale of Frankie Dettori’s seven-race win at Ascot in 1996 - if Chelsea achieve their target.
Ladbrokes spokesman Warren Lush said: 'It would be historic, and at 33/1 it's a big ask. But from our point of view it would be Armageddon if they manage to do it. It would be awful for us, terrible if they maintain their form.'