Burnley v Chelsea Betting Preview
Burnley host Chelsea on Monday Night in the final fixture of the opening weekend of Premier League action. It’s a mismatched tie that the Premier League tends to throw up from time to time, but Burnley will hope that catching Chelsea early will increase their chances of causing an upset.
Chelsea start this campaign as 2/1 title favourites. The signings of Cesc Fabregas and Filipe Luis have addressed the lack of central midfield creativity and attacking fullback play that dogged the Blues last season.
However, it’s the £32m signing of striker Diego Costa that’s bolstered the Blue’s title credentials. On the face of it, the Spain international looks the perfect fit for Mourinho’s Chelsea, a spearhead with the right balance of force and finesse.
Given the Blue’s recent history with big money strikers, many will reserve their judgement, but with little competition for his starting place and on the back of a prolific season in Madrid, the Brazilian will have a huge role to play in bringing the title to West London.
Many pundits have Burnley as favourites for an immediate return to the Championship, although it’s worth remembering that this time last year, the East Lancashire club were also tipped for relegation into League One.
The Claret’s summer signing Lukas Jutkiewicz could partner Danny Ings up front after impressing in pre-season. The later will be intent on replicating the goal-scoring form that saw him net 21 times in the Championship last season.
Right-back Kieran Trippier registered 14 assists last season, the second highest tally in the second tier, and is another name to look out for this season.
However, Chelsea’s excellent record on the opening weekend in the Premier League will mean Trippier will be a lot more concerned with the defensive side of his game.