Champs Chelsea to win and concede gets opening-day price hike

Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea romped to the Premier League title in 2014/15 and now the champions are ready to begin their title defence at fortress Stamford Bridge against Swansea.

Luckily for Ladbrokes customers, Chelsea are not the only ones geared up for a brand new top-flight campaign as the bookmaker is on hand with a fantastic offer for the televised clash.

Ladbrokes have boosted the price on Mourinho’s men to win their opening fixture with both teams scoring from 9/4 out to 11/4.

With so many pundits unanimous in tipping Chelsea to sew together back-to-back titles for the second time under the Special One’s guidance, anything less than a home win looks a little implausible to begin that challenge.

The match odds certainly support that theory. Chelsea are heavy 2/5 favourites for a maximum-points haul, the draw is a 7/2 chance and Swansea’s 9/1 price makes them huge outsiders.

The fact that Chelsea put nine goals past their Welsh opponents last season may well have a large bearing on the odds too.

Garry Monk’s side were plainly flattened 5-0 at the Liberty Stadium although they did rescue some credibility when losing 4-2 in west London in the return fixture.

Considering the most robust defence in the league only conceded nine times at home all season, the Swans can draw huge confidence from that performance on their last visit.

With exciting summer signing Andre Ayew on target already in pre-season, the Ghananian might be the best man to ensure this price boost lands.

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

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Christian Crowther

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