Chelsea have been cut to 8/1 in bwin’s Premier League winner predictions after starting the season with a 3-1 victory at Brighton.
Germany hitman Timo Werner will be vital to the Blues challenging for the title and he impressed on his debut, winning a first-half penalty which Jorginho converted.
Leandro Trossard briefly had Brighton level but Reece James restored Chelsea’s lead when he blasted a fine strike into the top corner, before Kurt Zouma added the third as we enjoyed a clean sweep of winners in our Brighton vs Chelsea preview.
Blues boss Frank Lampard believes there is more to come from his team, though, saying: “We will be better. This is our first game and we’ve only been together as a group for four days, we’ve had all the players together and we’ve had two debuts.
“We showed a lot of good stuff, it wasn’t where we want to be in the end, that will take a bit of time, and we will improve for Liverpool as well.
“But first game of the season it’s all about getting a win, certainly when you come to a place like Brighton. And I think we did a lot of good things to get that.”
Debutants shine for Gunners
Arsenal were another team to hit the ground running and they are 22/1 in the Premier League winner odds following a 3-0 victory at Fulham.
Willian finished his first match since the move across London from Chelsea with three assists, while fellow debutant Gabriel headed home Arsenal’s second to start his own Gunners career in ideal fashion.
When asked about their performances, boss Mikel Arteta said: “It was really good. Obviously for Willian. He knows the league, the country and is very settled here so I knew his performance would settle straight away.
“For Gabriel it was a big challenge for him to come in. He hadn’t played any football in the last six months and he had a terrific performance.”
Manchester City are the 4/5 favourites in the outright betting as they prepare for a delayed start to the season on Monday with a trip to Wolves, who can be backed at 125/1 after a 2-0 win at Sheffield United.
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