Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea crafted a reputation for sitting on leads and killing the game in their first period under his management, but it might be up for revision this term.
The Blues are a rich man’s 11/50 wager for all three points at home to Premier League new boys Leicester, themselves a steepling 21/2 for victory, while the draw is priced up at 5/1.
However, given the redoubled potency they boast in front of goal this season the 18/25 about them claiming the laurels in a match including over 2.5 goals looks the bet to be on.
Leicester’s knack for finding the net won’t hurt its chances of success either, but more of that later.
Last season Chelsea averaged 2.26 goals per home game, the third-highest total in the top-flight.
They also averaged more shots per game than any other side in the division with a sky-high mean of 18.2.
All that was missing was a striker lethal enough to make use of all those opportunities.
Cue the arrival of Diego Costa, a marksman who, before the muscle injury he succumbed to in March last term after which he was never fit, had netted at least once in 20 of his 30 La Liga appearances.
In 2013/14, rotating deep midfielders Frank Lampard, Ramires, John Obi Mikel and David Luiz managed seven league assists between them.
Enter Fabregas, whose 13 Spanish top-flight set-ups were second only to Angel Di Maria last year.
Against what, without reinforcements of an up-to-date Premier League standing, is a second-tier rearguard, goals should abound whether or not their puppet master’s pleas for pragmatism are heeded.
Chelsea are likely to need much in the way of help in hopping the 2.5-goal line, but Leicester proved themselves adept at punishing defensive lapses in their opening fixture against Everton.
It should not have come as a surprise given the Foxes drew a miniscule three blanks across the 46 games of their glorious Championship-winning campaign.