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Chelsea v Leicester: Foxes to feel top-flight pinch at Bridge

| 22.08.2014

Jose Mourinho must have cracked one of his famously-wry smiles when the fixture computer spewed out promoted sides Burnley and Leicester first up in the Premier League.

And after making light work of the Clarets at Turf Moor, 1/5-shots Chelsea look the most likely bedrocks of any weekend accumulator when they take on the Foxes in their first home game.

After some considered research, here are some more value-seeking punts for the contest.

Chelsea win to nil @ 17/20

The Blues’ title bid may have stuttered in the final throws of 2013/14, which included a shock 2-1 home loss to a Sunderland side in full giant-slaying mode, but, shutting the opposition out at Stamford Bridge is usually Mourinho’s bread and butter.

Chelsea have kept seven clean sheets from their last eight games in front of their own fans in the Premier League.

Chelsea to win 2-0 or 3-0 @ 14/5

If John Terry and co can keep out Nigel Pearson’s visitors in typically stingy Chelsea fashion, then judging by last season and the start of this one, either of these scorelines seem highly plausible.

As well as firing three past Burnley, the Blues averaged around 2.3 goals per game at their west-London digs last term.

Andre Schurrle to score first @ 7/1

The obvious candidate would be Diego Costa after the impressive Spaniard grabbed the opener at Turf Moor on his debut, but the 11/4 doesn’t quite tickle the fancy enough.

Meanwhile Schurrle, who bagged the second at Turf Moor – and early contender for Goal Of the Season – looks like he will be a constant goal threat this term.

The Germany star was constantly looking to get beyond Costa into the box and lap up the guile of midfield maestro Cesc Fabregas in the Chelsea midfield.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Christian Crowther

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