After an opening weekend to the Premier League in which Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal all won, Chelsea must face their demons in order to keep pace.
They head north to Burnley as 2/5 favourites for victory this evening, but Jose Mourinho’s men will need to shake the benevolence that saw them bestow numerous points on the division’s lower lights in 2013/14.
Sean Dyche’s hosts are lowly 13/2 to make a winning return to the highest echelon, with even the draw an 18/5 shot.
Yet, given the following statistical nuggets, the 39/20 about the Clarets in bwin’s double-chance betting makes more appeal than the layers’ assessment may at first suggest.
Chelsea won less than two thirds of their league games against bottom seven sides in 2013/14.
The west Londoners won a modest nine of their 14 clashes against adversaries of the aforementioned stripe last term.
At home they drew against West Brom, Norwich and West Ham, losing to Sunderland.
On the warpath they were once again held the Baggies, also falling under the survival-chasing wheels of Crystal Palace and Aston Villa.
Burnley lost one of their first ten home games in their last season in the Premier League.
Owen Coyle’s 09/10 vintage took the division by complete surprise with their strength on home soil, besting sides of the quality of Manchester United and Everton.
The Clarets were beaten just twice at Turf Moor as they won promotion last term.
Further evidence that, when confidence is high in the Burnley backyard, visiting points are hard to come by is on offer in the form of their record last term.
Dyche’s defence allowed a mere 14 guest goals in 2013/14, giving them the best home defensive record of any side in the Football League.