Chelsea v Hull: Special One’s return marked with not-so-special game

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Hull’s first match back in the Premier League couldn’t be much harder in terms of plausibility to collect three points but, while they’re certain to lose at Stamford Bridge, they won’t necessarily take a beating.

Obviously, a bet on Chelsea in the match betting stakes isn’t worth the risk at a microscopic 2/9, with the draw an inversion of these integers but wholly unlikely to come in at 9/2, leaving the Yorkshiremen as monstrous 14/1 underdogs.

Still, despite the Blues’ overwhelming favouritism, a re-introduction to the Jose Mourinho approach is likely to see the score kept down.

During the Portuguese’s highly successful first tenure at the Bridge, he sent out 39 defences to kept clean sheets in front of their own fans and a 40th is sure to follow against the toothless Tigers.

A price of 3/5 says that the visitors won’t put the ball past Petr Cech in the Chelsea net and after they only mustered 61 strikes in the Championship last term and failing to score at all in three of their final four games, it’s difficult to see backers of this bet not seeing a return on their money.

Trends from the back end of last season also look as though they’ll be reciprocated early in this on account of the Special One’s return.

The west Londoners were renowned for taking a 2-0 lead and then seeing it out and when you take into consideration that they’ve bagged exactly two goals in each of their last five on their own patch, punting on 2-0 to the hosts at 11/2 – something that Steve Bruce probably wouldn’t consider too bad a result all things considered – could well reap rewards.

Interestingly, in the unlikely event of Hull avoiding defeat they would become the first opponent in 10 not to be beaten by Chelsea in their opening home match of the season.

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