Chelsea’s first match as Premier League champions will be against Liverpool, with the bookies offering an incredible price about the Blues commencing their reign with a victory.
Odds of 21/20 say Jose Mourinho’s men will prevail at home to the Reds, whose travelling travails in recent weeks have left them with a mountain to climb to make the top-four.
They’re seven points adrift of fourth-place Manchester United, though anything but a win in west London will all but exterminate their prospects of playing Champions League football next season.
A price of 29/10 says this is an attainable feat, with the number crunchers at bwin.com obviously under the impression Chelsea will take it easy having effectively finished their season with three matches to spare.
Such a prediction is sure to prove woefully inaccurate, with a home snaring of the spoils the only way to bet here.
Mourinho loves beating Liverpool.
In nine Premier League fixtures against this foe under their Portuguese boss, Chelsea have dodged defeat on eight instances.
Since returning to Stamford Bridge, the Special One has savoured four victories from five in all competitions against this foe if a Capital One Cup semi-final extra-time success is taken into consideration.
This meeting bears similarities with when the duo duelled in late April last term.
The Blues had nothing to play for when they travelled to Anfield at the end of 2014’s fourth month, with Mourinho pulling a few stunts to lull the hosts into a false sense of security.
Wearing a tracksuit instead of his usual dug-out get up and selecting right-back Tomas Kalas at centre-half was part of the skulduggery, yet Chelsea still recorded a 2-0 win to prevent Liverpool from claiming the title.
The opportunity to stop them playing Champions League football next term will be just as tantalising.
Liverpool are struggling for goals on the road.
The dependable backline of West Brom proved too rigid for the Reds to breakdown in a goalless draw, while the not-so-reputable rearguard of Hull was also up to the challenge in the Tigers’ 2-0 win.
Neither defence is as sturdy as the rock-solid attack-repelling unit Chelsea boast so logic dictates a home clean sheet is in order.