So the Premier League fixture computer has done its thing and Jose Mourinho’s first match back in charge of Chelsea will be against promoted Hull City.
And the omens suggest that an opening-day clash with the Tigers at Stamford Bridge should be music to the ears of the Portuguese and his legion of admirers in west London.
The superstitious and the observant among the Europa League winners’ fanbase may have noted that the Blues also started the 2009/10 campaign with a visit from Hull.
Although an injury-time Didier Drogba strike – his second of the game – was required to clinch a 2-1 triumph on that occasion, the season, of course, ended with Chelsea winning the double under Carlo Ancelotti.
Could the Happy One, who, lest we forget, has never lost a Premier League home game as Blues boss, deliver a similarly spectacular return this term?
For what it’s worth, that eventuality is priced up at 20/1, with Chelsea 9/4 to win the title and 11/2 to lift the FA Cup.
But now back to the first weekend and Chelsea have understandably been installed as strong 4/25 favourites to begin their campaign with three points, with the draw available at 11/2 and Hull priced as lengthy 27/2 outsiders.
And a look at our special table of opening-day results over the past decade suggests that punters should be lumping on Mourinho’s men to get the job done, most likely at a canter.
Chelsea have won nine, drawn one and lost none of those ten games, rattling home 24 goals along the way for the concession of just four.
The Blues’ first three games of the season also see them travel to Old Trafford, where Mourinho will pit his wits against new Manchester United boss David Moyes, before facing Bayern Munich in the European Super Cup.
But one thing is for sure – you can’t go wrong by backing them to beat Hull now.