Trades, buys, moves all in a brand new season ... who will come out on top and how should we place our money when it comes to the markets for this week's matchup between Chelsea and Burnley?
It’s quite something when spending £55m+ on a Real Madrid bench player is seen as a good move. Perhaps that’s a sign of these crazy times in the world of football transfers right now, perhaps it is just a mark of the quality of player that Chelsea have bought. Some may not be impressed by Alvaro Morata but I am. He’s a quick, mobile striker with a good eye for goal that is matched up with excellent technique and a good brain. I don’t think he’s going to be the league's top scorer this season but he’ll get his fair share and impress with his all round play. 10+ goals and 10+ assists would be a very good season for him.
He may not be Chelsea’s best buy from this summer. With the departure of John Terry, there was a big space to fill at centre back. I was surprised that Chelsea allowed Zouma to join Stoke on loan but maybe they felt he needed to prove his fitness after a tough couple of seasons. Antonio Rüdiger is a good buy though and will certainly add the steel to the Chelsea back line that Terry brought to the field.
Another Antonio (Conte) has extended his contract by another 2 years with Chelsea. This looks like a good move but there have been rumblings about his happiness at the club and he’s been involved in a summer long spat with Diego Costa. That’s an argument that’s bound to continue until the Brazilian born striker inevitably moves on.
Burnley have not splashed out in the transfer market. Some sensible additions have been made to the squad. Jonathan Walters adds experience and work-rate to the front line, Jack Cork stiffens up midfield and both full back positions have been refreshed.
It’s going to be another long season for the away side and it’s not an easy start for them. It could have been worse, they could be facing Chelsea five games in when Eden Hazard may be back, Victor Moses will be free from suspension and Morata could have got the early season jitters out of the way.
This isn’t an easy game to bet on. I don’t think we’re going to see an upset but I’m still not at all tempted to go for a Chelsea win at the odds currently available. You have to go to Chelsea -1.5 before there is anything that is remotely sensible odds-wise.
I don’t think the Match Odds or Asian Handicap markets are for me in this game. Instead, I’m going to dip a toe in the Both Teams To Score market and go for TTS (No) at 1.8 with BetVictor.
I can’t see Chelsea pushing for a big early season win but at the same time, I can’t see Burnley bothering Courtois too much either.
There’s a long season of betting ahead, no point in pushing things too far at this point.Free Soccer Picks: NO Bet