Chelsea vs Burnley: Blues to brush aside poor travellers
Kick Off: 1500, 12/08/2017
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
Chelsea haven’t had the smoothest of summers but are still expected to begin the defence of their Premier League title by beating Burnley at home.
The Clarets infamously picked up just two points from their first 14 away games last term and only secured one road victory all season.
That poor record included an early 3-0 loss at Stamford Bridge and a repeat of that scoreline appeals at 23/4 for our Chelsea vs Burnley betting predictions.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Antonio Conte goes into the new campaign missing the injured Eden Hazard, want-away Diego Costa and transferred Nemanja Matic from his title-winning team.
The Italian admits fresh recruits Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger may need more time before showing their true worth.
However, Conte is determined to avoid suffering the same fate as his predecessor, stating: “Two years ago Chelsea finished 10th; that cannot happen again. We know the difficulty and for sure we want to avoid the Mourinho season.”
That veiled dig highlights how the Blues boss will not shy away from a battle and Chelsea are sure to have been pushed hard in training since losing out to Arsenal in the Community Shield.
It must also be remembered that they were leading the Gunners prior to Pedro’s dismissal, so we’re sticking with them to be ahead at half-time and full-time for our Chelsea vs Burnley betting tips.
A Look At Burnley’s Betting Odds
The general consensus was that Sean Dyche did an excellent job with Burnley last season, even if they did find it harder from February onwards, losing eight of their last 15 league games.
England centre-half Michael Keane has since left for Everton, but Dyche has brought in a trio of new recruits suited to his hard-working ethos.
Defensive midfielder Jack Cork, winger Jon Walters and full-back Phil Bardsley are all committed individuals who won’t let anyone down.
However, having a high-profile friendly against Hannover abandoned at half-time due to crowd trouble could have left them a touch undercooked for this daunting opener.
Looking at the Chelsea vs Burnley odds, 11/5 for the Blues to catch the visitors napping and score inside 15 minutes may be value.
Robert Pires prediction: Chelsea 4-0 Burnley
Arsenal 1-1 CHELSEA (1-4 on pens) – Victor Moses
BURNLEY 1-2 West Ham – Sam Vokes
Head-to-head: Burnley 1-1 Chelsea, Chelsea 3-0 Burnley, Chelsea 1-1 Burnley, Burnley 1-3 Chelsea.
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