Bet Chelsea to Defeat Burnley in Premier League Opener

Lee Phelps

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 3:21 PM UTC

Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 3:21 PM UTC

On Burnley’s last Premier League adventure they started their campaign at Turf Moor versus the favourites for the title in a night match and won 1-0. Manchester United went on to finish second and the Clarets were relegated.

This time they also have the team who head the bookmakers’ list, but I can’t see the same result. I can, however, see a long tough night for Chelsea battling to open up a resolute, organised Burnley side who chomp and chase at every player in blue.


Burnley’s style of play involves a pressing game as Sean Dyche explained to the Daily Mail: “When I started out with Watford’s youth team, Barcelona were the best exponents of pressing their opponents to get the ball back. Everyone raved about their passing, but I thought their pressing game was unbelievable. When I took over, we looked at how they did it and felt that, as a group, we could do the same. It starts with Sam Vokes and Danny Ings up front, goes through midfield and on to the back four. Everyone has to do his bit to deny the other team space and get the ball back. It is just as important the players know the tactical structure we have put in place and the fitness levels and mentality that are required. Add a bit of talent and you’ve got a chance of performing.”

It’s this harrying and organisation that gives Burnley a puncher’s chance against Chelsea, but I prefer the idea that they will hold the Londoners off, but finally succumb to their quality and class.


What a transfer window it has been for them so far, getting big bucks for David Luiz and Romalu Lukaku and bringing in Diego Costa (who has already found his scoring touch in pre-season) Cesc Fabregas (who I’m tipping to be among the names vying for PFA Player of the Year at around the 20/1 mark), Felipe, Drogba and more. Add to that the fact we are likely to see improvement from the likes of Matic, Oscar, Schurrle, Willian and Hazard and it looks a very strong squad this season.

I also think their charismatic head coach will slightly favour the Premier League over the Champions League this season, with a new rival to lock horns with in Louis van Gaal.


Soccer Betting Veredict
So back to this game, like I said I expect all of that class to tell in the end, but it won’t be easy. You can get the half time draw, full time Chelsea at 7/2 soccer odds, or the Chelsea win with under 2.5 goals at 9/4. I don’t see Burnley scoring, despite a good pre-season for Lukas Jutkiewicz scoring six goals in pre-season and his confidence being high, this is obviously a different ball game. Sam Vokes is out for the start of the campaign, so they will miss the scoring ability that brought 20 goals last term, although his partner up front Danny Ings is ready to go after his 21 goal haul in the Championship.

There is some history here for Chelsea, Burnley knocked them out of the League Cup on penalties at Stamford Bridge as a Championship side in 2008, but I still shrug that off and go for the Blues. In summary, Burnley will set up for a draw, almost get it, but finally give way to the Chelsea quality.

Soccer Betting Picks
Correct score: 0-2
Anytime scorer: Cesc Fabregas
Favourite bet: HT Draw FT Chelsea

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