The Premier League makes a welcome return this week with champions Chelsea entertaining Swansea in Saturday’s evening kick-off and the Blues should begin their title defence with a victory; admittedly, a decent Swans outfit should give them a decent workout but Jose Mourinho’s charges can justify the 2/5 favouritism afforded to them by Stan James.
Chelsea conceded just nine times in 19 home fixtures last season and they can pick up where they left off by keeping a clean sheet here. Winner.com make them 21/20 to prevail ‘to nil’ at Stamford Bridge, where a 1-0 victory at 6/1 courtesy of BetVictor also catches the eye and bet365 go 10/3 about Diego Costa breaking the deadlock.
On Monday, Skybet quote Manchester City at 4/6 to collect a maximum haul at West Brom (5/1, Ladbrokes), it’s 3/10 at Paddy Power for Arsenal – tipped for be champions in some quarters – to make the ideal start by seeing off West Ham at the Emirates Stadium and the same firm go 13/10 about Liverpool gaining revenge for the 6-1 thrashing they suffered at Stoke on the final day of the last campaign by overcoming the Potters at the Britannia Stadium on the first day of this one. That trio combine in a treble at 4/1 (BetVictor).
Elsewhere, Ladbrokes rate Newcastle and Southampton at 23/10 to share the spoils at Southampton, it’s 12/5 with Winner.com to be inconclusive at the King Power Stadium, where Leicester host Sunderland and also one for the draw column, at 23/10 via Paddy Power, is newly-promoted Norwich’s home clash with Crystal Palace. Top-flight newcomers Bournemouth meanwhile, are an enticing even money at Hills to get off to a flyer against one of last season’s strugglers, Aston Villa and BetVictor price an Everton victory over Watford at 8/11.
Chelsea to beat Swansea ‘to nil’ – 21/20 (Winner.com)
Man City, Arsenal & Liverpool treble – 4/1 (BetVictor)
Bournemouth and Everton double – 12/5 (William Hill)
Draw double in games at Newcastle & Leicester – 10/1 (Ladbrokes)