Burnley v Chelsea preview and tips
Jose Mourinho’s Blues set to leave Turf Moor with three points on Monday night
August 18th, 2014
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Burnley are back in the Premier League, with Sean Dyche steering the Lancashire side to the top flight last season despite having a much smaller budget than several rival clubs.
Quite how the Clarets are going to remain in the top flight is another matter, although Dyche claims that his players are coursing with belief that they can finish above at least three of the teams in the top flight.
Openers don’t come much tougher than Chelsea, with the Premier League title favourites heading north to begin their campaign and Jose Mourinho believes that the squad he has now assembled are capable of taking things to the “next level”.
The bookies aren’t taking any chances with their 2/5 quote about an away win in front of the Sky Sports cameras tonight, with Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa set to make their debuts in a Chelsea shirt.
Fabregas is likely to be deployed initially as a holding midfielder alongside Nemanja Matic, although the Spaniard can also fill the number ten role, with Andre Schurrle, Oscar, Willian and Eden Hazard also competing for spots.
Costa should add some cutting edge in attack and the former Atletico Madrid man is a best price 9/2 with Ladbrokes to score the first of this contest, with the Spanish international boasting a fearsome goals per game record for his former club last season when firing them to La Liga title.
Burnley are a 9/1 chance with BetVictor to win tonight and they might regard this as the best time to be facing a side who are undergoing something of a transition, with Thibaut Courtois expected to replace Petr Cech between the sticks on a permanent basis.
Danny Ings is a bright young striker who scored a bundle last term, with Michael Kightly among some of the budget signings who have arrived at Turf Moor to try and perform a minor miracle.
Rather than back Chelsea to win the game at prohibitive odds, it may instead pay to back the visitors to win without conceding a goal and there is a surprisingly big price available that this happens.
Bet365 go 13/10 about Chelsea claiming victory to nil and it’s hard to see how Burnley are going to pierce a defence which will have John Terry and Gary Cahill operating as a rock-like duo, while Courtois is surely heading for lots of clean sheets this term.
Indeed, it is easy to be confident about the prospect of Chelsea winning this game by a 2-0 or 3-0 scoreline and covering these two options should give us a very strong chance of recording a winning bet.
Chelsea to win to nil @ 13/10 with bet365
Chelsea to win 2-0 @ 6/1 with BetVictor
Chelsea to win 3-0 @ 9/1 with BetVictor