Premier League Preview: Burnley vs. Chelsea

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Updated: August 13, 2014
Didier Drogba Chelsea

Match Date: 18 August 2014 (local time)

Venue: Turf Moor

 

Now that Chelsea’s striker drought has been already (addressed), Jose Mourinho gets his first chance of sporting a (better) squad and make up for a series of near misses that they experienced last season. The expectations are high on the Blues and while it is true that they are the match’s ultimate sports betting favorite against the newly-promoted Burnley, they cannot afford to be over confident as they are going against a side that is determined to remain in the Premier League until the next season.

 

The contenders

Burnley

Dubbed as the Championship’s “surprise package,” Burnley is off to a major task of impressing its own crowd and stealing the spotlight from Chelsea.

 

The match serves as an acid test to the squad’s commendable team work, which brought them to the top-flight league.

 

Chelsea

Mourinho has been openly critical of his squad’s striker drought last season. The said dilemma was said to be the reason behind falling out of the title race and a disappointing exit in the Champions League and FA Cup.

 

But the current transfer season witnessed Mourinho in a shopping spree—acquiring the likes of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas. Likewise, it saw the reunion of one of football’s unbeatable tandem—Mourinho and the talismanic striker, Didier Drogba. After his Galatasaray stint, Drogba is back in Stamford Bridge.

 

Possible head turners

Scoring 26 points in the Championship, Ings, will be one of the match’s main attractions. However, it cannot be denied that it is the triumvirate of Mourinho, Costa and Drogba that is expected to rise above the impending challenge.

 

What the odds say

Chelsea of course is the match’s online betting favorite. Odds at 12BET  are pegged at 1.94 in Chelsea’s favor.

 

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