Monday 18/08/2014, 21:00, English Premier League, Round 1, Burnley vs Chelsea
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Chelsea failed to win any important trophy last season, but the team played very well and they are entitled to be optimistic about what the upcoming year might bring. They will play the first match on the road at Burnley, a team that has lower expectations and their top priority is to avoid relegation. It won't be easy to remain among the best English teams, but if they make the most of home pitch advantage, they might have a shot.
Burnley vs Chelsea Odds
Burnley 9.00, Draw 5.20, Chelsea 1.40
Burnley vs Chelsea Tips
Burnley will play in front of its fans tonight, which doesn't mean much when they face a team as dangerous as Chelsea. It is most unlikely for the hosts to field an offensive starting formation in the opening round of the English Premier League. They did a fine job in winning the Championship, but they will need to play extra carefully against the teams in the top division.
During the season break, they played a total of four friendly games and managed to score in each of them, while winning twice on the road by 1-0. Interesting enough, in all those games, it was the opponents who had superior ball possession and this is very likely to happen tonight when Chelsea will come out firing on all cylinders.
The visitors will be without Ramirez, who is still serving a one match suspension as a result of seeing a red card. On the bright side, Chelsea is not dependent on a single player and they got the chance to test several strikers in the six friendly games played over the last two months. They lost a single time at Werder Bremen and won twice on the road against defensive minded teams.
They have for remarkable strikers, with Diego Costa, Drogba, Schurrle and Torres all fit to play, even though the first two have some fitness concerns. Schurrle and Torres are expected to start tonight and they could be joined by Diego in the second half if the Blues fail to score by half time.
- Chelsea should dominate the match due to its superior offensive, but Burnley showed extreme resilience against aggressive teams and could score on counterattack.
- Burnley has the better head to head record in home games, with 18 victories in 33 games
Burnley vs Chelsea Prediction
Chelsea might be one of the top favorites for winning the trophy this season, but punters are entitled to have doubts about the usefulness of backing them on the road at such low odds. A better choice is to trust the hosts not to lose by two goals or more at 1.70 with Pinnacle Sports.
Bet: Burnley +1.5 goals @ 1.70 with Pinnacle Sports