Chelsea are expected to head into the second segment of their pre-season tune-up tour with a generously-priced 11/20 victory over Vitesse Arnhem.
Peter Bosz’s side are 4/1 for a victory that would represent their first win of pre-season at the sixth time of asking.
Vitesse have drawn every single one of their five friendlies to date against all manner of foes, from German third tier outfit VfL Osnabrück to Keylor Navas’ La Liga employers Levante.
A sixth successive stalemate is priced up at 11/4.
Something of a revelation last term, they’ve had the rug pulled out from underneath them since, with borrowed Blues Lucas Piazon, Christian Atsu and Patrick van Aanholt all moving on.
The trio had a hand in 37 of the club’s 65 Eredivisie goals last term.
Chelsea, on the other hand, have been finding ways to win despite the ring-rustiness, doing so in all bar one of their four outings so far.
This Blues side should be far stronger than the one that required a late Jeremie Boga striker to salvage a point at Austrian side Wolfsberger AC too.
Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic are expected to start together once more in central midfield.
Meanwhile Petr Cech is in line to don the gauntlets, with the fearsome motivation provided by Thibaut Courtois’ imminent return to Stamford Bridge making the 8/5 about a Chelsea that bit more attractive.
Given that Vitesse have failed to find the net in two of their last four friendlies the shutout should be an achievable goal for the Czech gloveman.
Up front, Diego Costa is expected to be unleashed in search of a second goal in as many outings.
The former Atletico Madrid man’s unexpectedly spritely display against Olympija Ljubljana last time suggests he should be more than capable of providing some cutting edge up front against a side that shipped 49 times in 34 Eredivisie games last season.
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