Hull make their Premier League comeback today but it’s another return, that of Jose Mourinho to Chelsea, that will attract most of the attention at Stamford Bridge. The outspoken Portuguese is fancied in many quarters to guide the Blues to the title and bookies are supremely confident that his team will start as they mean to go on, BetVictor pricing them at 2/9 to send the Tigers home empty-handed.
The visitors are as high as 20/1 at bet365 to spring a surprise and they’ll certainly be enthusiastic in their first match back in the top flight but realistically you have to think the task is beyond them, especially as Chelsea were virtually unbeatable on their own patch during Mourinho’s last stint as manager, and a comfortable victory for the Blues looks on the cards.
It’s a safe-looking 17/20 via betway for them to combine victory with a clean sheet, Stan James quote odds of 4/6 for Chelsea to lead at the end of each half and BetVictor cater for more ambitious punters, chalking the hosts up at 11/2 to notch twice without reply.
The first scorer market meanwhile, is something of a minefield in the circumstances but the bulk of punters’ cash so far has been for former Baggies loanee Romelu Lukaku and Fernando Torres; both 4/1 shots with Ladbrokes.