Chelsea had an excellent record on Premier League opening weekends in Jose Mourinho’s first spell at the club – winning three out of four matches – and on the Special One’s return, the Blues should be far too good for Steve Bruce’s promoted Hull.
The 5/1 enhanced odds on either a 4-0, 5-0 or 6-0 thrashing of Hull is a great value bet, with Mourinho still yet to lose a league game at home when managing Chelsea after turning Stamford Bridge into a fortress in his first spell in charge of the club, between 2004-2007.
The west Londoners have brought £18m forward Andre Schurrle into a squad packed with attacking talent, and his 11 goals in 34 appearances for Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga last year suggest he will add more threat to a team that outscored all in the Premier League in 2012/2013, bar champions Manchester United.
Hull – who recently beat Sunderland to the signature of former Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone – could hardly have been handed a tougher test on their return to the Premier League, having been relegated to the Championship three years ago.
Despite finishing in second place behind champions Cardiff last year, Steve Bruce’s side scored the least goals of any top-half team and the addition of Danny Graham up-front – who couldn’t manage a single goal in eleven games for Sunderland after his January move from Swansea – will not worry the likes of Ashley Cole and Branislav Ivanovic.
With Schurrle in contention to make his debut against the Tigers, odds of 9/2 on him kicking-off the scoring is the pick in the first goalscorer market, with Bwin refunding all losing single bets if the opener is scored within the first quarter of an hour.